The Commercial Appeal recently spent time with Mike Mathias, V.P. of Business Development at New-Tech, learning about our participation with the Economic Gardening program. Click here to read the full article!
In the Fall of 2012, New-Tech’s growth and presence in the Binghampton community was covered by the Commercial Appeal. (You can read that article here.)
Six New-Tech frontline workers have been certified by the Packaging Distributors of America with the CPC (Certified Packaging Consultant) designation. This certification reflects knowledge and expertise in nine areas of packaging.
New-Tech Packaging has been selected to participate in the Economic Gardening Pilot Program, offered by the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis and Shelby County.
In response to the unique needs of small businesses, EDGE has identified and invited growth-oriented companies beyond the start-up phase – known as second-stage companies – to apply for the Economic Gardening Program.
The Economic Gardening Program gives these companies access to strategic information gathered with their guidance, alongside the program leaders, and customized for their company. After the program leaders interview companies to identify specific growth issues, they spend about 36 hours with each company over the course of a few weeks as they work quickly to deliver action-oriented information.
Click here to learn more about EDGE and the Economic Gardening Program and how it will positively impact our local economy by strengthening local businesses!
Rather than exporting their printers from Japan into the US already packaged in retail boxes, Canon shipped them in a bulk. Upon arrival in the US, these were packaged into retail boxes, customized for the respective retail electronic store chains. This resulted in:
Significant freight savings amounting to millions of dollars — enough to justify the entire decision
Rapid customization and deployment of new packaging styles
Significant reduction of obsolete inventory vs. traveling from the far East with long lead times
Use of materials with which U.S. consumers were familiar and accepted
U.S. marketing and package development in close collaboration with retail stores
New Tech was selected as Canon’s Vendor of the Year for the work we did with them, packing printers, inks and papers.
In keeping with New-Tech’s goals for continuous quality assurance improvement, we are in the process of transitioning hard copy forms into digital formats by streamlining our data management systems to work together more efficiently. This will minimize the amount of paper used in many of our processes, increasing efficiency in employees’ daily tasks, giving more focus to the quality of our products.
It isn’t uncommon for us to generate specifications packets ranging anywhere from 75-150 pages in length. To better process these specifications, New-Tech’s two data management systems, Imaginera and Compliant Pro, will be linked together, where data can flow from one system to the next without the time-consuming re-entry of data.
Additionally, for this streamlining to be complete, we are working toward better computer accessibility in our plant, bringing the process full circle!
New-Tech continued to delight customers in 2012, reflected in revenue growth of 12%; and they should be delighted because through New-Tech’s cost savings activities they saved over 3 million dollars from the prior year’s packaging cost levels!
To read more about New-Tech, including our approach to cost savings, click here to read the recent Commercial Appeal article published about our company!
After many months of hard work, New-Tech is proud to announce that we have achieved our status as an ISO 9001:2008 company, passing our certification process with zero deficiencies!
To New-Tech’s customers this communicates that we have a formalized quality management system in place to address both preventative and corrective action, allowing us to effectively address customer concerns. This system assures we are producing and repackaging products to customer requirements and, additionally, setting goals for continuous improvement.
“New Tech’s focus is on the customer and saving the customer money,” said JC Heotis, President. “ISO 9001 certification lets the customer know that we have a management system that puts the customer first.”
L to R: Joel French and JC Heotis
Under the direction of Quality Assurance Director, Joel French, and Quality Systems Manager, Marie French, the Quality Assurance team has led New-Tech to this achievement. They have spent countless hours, above their regular daily duties, giving extra attention to the details of our quality system and to its ability to give only the best to our customers.
L to R: Marie French, Joel French and JC Heotis
Leading up to our certification, our consultant, Baskar Kotte of Quality Systems Enhancement, helped us achieve our status as ISO 9001:2008 certified.
We look forward to seeing the future of New-Tech with this achievement!
New-Tech and the Binghampton Development Corporation (BDC) are jointly seeking funding to create a job training program which will employ a mentor coach alongside workers on a New-Tech manufacturing line. The BDC has a track of record of successfully training employable workers through its job training program.
In the model being proposed, an investment of $45,000 to the BDC, combined with New-Tech’s contribution of $244,000, creates a work cell that graduates a new class every six months. The program objective is to recruit, train and deploy workers that might not otherwise be productive and to help train them to earn a living wage. Of the 48 jobs created in the first three years of this initiative, we estimate that 68% will earn a living wage.
Total direct wages of over $1.6 million will create a positive impact upon the Binghampton community!