In the wake of significant growth, Malco Products found themselves running short of manufacturing capacity in 2016. The tool manufacturer needed more space, equipment and skilled labor to keep up with demand for products they had recently innovated. Collaborating with University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC), the company once again applied innovative thinking to meet this challenge.
Familiar with Innovation Management System (IMS) through previous work with UW-Stout MOC, Malco Products seized the paradigm shift this system brings. Originally the company entertained ideas of expanding the existing facility or building a new one. Taking an innovative approach, they opened their minds to the possibility of utilizing an older building outside their local area, and in early 2017 purchased a 346,000 square foot plant located in DeWitt, Nebraska.
Closed since 2008, the former Vice-Grip plant will soon re-open as Malco Product's manufacturing site for the multi-tier Eagle Grip locking pliers. The new product line will make a domestically produced locking pliers a reality again for the first time in nearly 10 years, while providing opportunity for DeWitt's skilled workforce.