By Diane Riley, Kondex Corporation
Each and every day at Kondex, there’s a hum of activity in the air; the soothing melodies that evoke pride in being part of American manufacturing – an industry that supports approximately 17.6 million jobs in the U.S and 12 percent of the gross domestic product.
Walk down any Kondex plant aisle and you’ll hear the different harmonies. The gentle glide of cranes unloading raw materials, the systematic beats of metal being stamped out at impressive rates, the buzz of welding, the rapping of staple guns packaging components, and the beeping of forklifts alerting you they’re near – it all sings the sweet song of manufacturing and efficiency.
This song is often tuned out as background noise, but becomes very evident when it is absent, such as between the Christmas and the New Year holidays when Kondex plant associates are not working. The music stops at times like these when the machines are not running and the shop floor is quiet.
Sure, there is still some activity here or there, but anyone who walked into our plant during the holidays is immediately struck by a deafening silence. It’s as if a sixth sense has been triggered, and the lack of the familiar ‘music’ causes a feeling of something being wrong.
When the song resumes the following week, you can almost hear the larger symphony to which Kondex contributes. As sickle assemblies are again loaded for customer delivery, you can envision the combines running these sickles to harvest wheat fields, the crops being unloaded at grain elevators, wheat being milled to flour, and flour being used in kitchens around the world.
There are beautiful songs to each of the products we make at Kondex. The lyrics may vary, with some singing of feeding the world and others of freshly cut or aerated golf greens and sports fields. But the roots of these songs are a glorious refrain of American manufacturing and its impact in all of our lives.
The next time you purchase a loaf of bread, swing your golf clubs, or find yourself, well, anywhere, we hope you’ll pause a moment to take in the music behind those experiences – the music in manufacturing.
Kondex is a manufacturer of cutting and wear-resistant components. For additional information, please visit www.kondex.com.