HSM recently hosted the October gathering of the Piedmont-Carolina section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). ASME members and guests toured the company’s Corporate Innovation and Technology Center (CI&T) and wire manufacturing facility, both located in Hickory, N.C.
Hosted by Gregg Greulich, corporate vice president of innovation and technology, the CI&T tour provided visitors with an overview of the product development process and introduced them to the current HSM product offering and the work the center does with each of the four HSM business units.
“THE CI&T is a critical part of the overall build-out at HSM and links to the company’s rebranding efforts and its commitment to innovation,” said Greulich. “We have invested in new capabilities that facilitate partnerships with customers to produce feature-relevant products that will be easy for them to go out and sell.”
Kevin Synan, wire products manufacturing director, put together the second part of the ASME event – a tour of HSM’s wire manufacturing facility. According to Synan, “The Hickory facility is unique in that not many plants produce induction tempered wire, and we are the only one that incorporates the shop blast process to clean scale from our wire.”
Commenting on the value of tours like this one, Bob Simril, Piedmont Carolina senior section chairperson, said, “Visits to facilities such as HSM broadens the understanding of those who attend and gives exposure to the facilities the group visits. Sometimes this can lead to additional business on both sides, prospective career opportunities, the development of relationships between fellow engineers and the exchange of problem-solving ideas.”
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About HSM: One of North Carolina’s largest employers, HSM is a privately held company that brings together approximately 2,500 employees in more than 50 manufacturing plants in 17 states and China to serve a wide array of diverse customers and markets. Based in Hickory, N.C., the company has expanded its global presence and moved beyond core furniture and bedding markets to embrace new growth opportunities in transportation, healthcare, packaging and government sectors.