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50 Smartest Companies of the Year 2017

Well End Solutions all the way: Accuride

thesiliconreview-richard-f-rick-dauch-president-ceo-accuride-2017In 1962, Accuride began as a small tool and die shop producing top-quality slides for tape drives and copy machines. Filling a market need for precision slide products, Accuride rapidly expanded, growing the product line and moving into a broad range of markets and applications.

Today, Accuride has nearly 1 million square feet of manufacturing space around the world and is the largest company in the world dedicated to the innovative design and manufacture of sliding hardware.

Manufacturing Expertise

Over the years, Accuride has developed an unparalleled level of engineering expertise in product design, tooling, and manufacturing. It guides clients from the initial concept to product integration. Accuride offers a wide variety of off-the-shelf and custom solutions. They work closely with the customers to develop practical and cost-effective solutions. Whether it's a single component or an entire assembly, Accurate has the resources to make it happen. Prototypes can be made in zinc, aluminum, plastic, and steel.

The North American facilities feature the largest tooling operation in the industry. Accuride's technical staff builds and maintains all tools including progressive dies and roll forms. The firm’s standardized methods ensure identical tools and manufacturing results at all facilities worldwide. Accuride can reliably handle projects of any size. The company purchases more than 100,000,000 pounds of steel per year and has in-house steel mills that offer the advantage of design and production flexibility. As the largest zinc plating manufacturer in the world, Accuride plates over 75,000,000 sq. ft. of material per year. Accuride was the first slide manufacturer to electrocoat ball bearing slides and we've developed finishes that vigorously resist corrosion.

 In pursuit of excellence

The firm is well aware that customers depend on their products to deliver value and perform reliably. That’s why Accuride’s core values reflect commitment to technology and quality leadership.

The pursuit of excellence goes beyond achieving world-class operating processes and performance to include product quality and safety standards that are among the highest in the industry. People make that possible. The firm achieves a high level of collaboration between associates, suppliers and customers in their pursuit of continuous improvement. This enables the creation of better solutions in much lesser time. Such products and services that not just meet the customers’ requirements and expectations, but Accuride consistently exceed them.

This type of dedicated efforts does not go in vain. Customers routinely recognize this performance and its contribution to helping them achieve their business goals. The Accuride Quality and Lean Manufacturing Systems (QLMS) are set up at every facility thereby providing a solid foundation that enables employees of the firm to deliver industry-leading quality consistently. In addition, Accuride leverages the power of ISO/TS 16949 to design their products, meet and exceed customer expectations, deliver excellence and improve at the same time. All of the firm’s facilities are transitioning to the new ISO 9001:2015.

Responsive Sales Support

At Accuride, customer relationships matter. That’s why the firm has established sales coverage in the geographies with the maximum number of customers and built a responsive sales team that is effective, accountable and focused on meeting customer needs.

The sales force supports Accuride’s unique ability to serve as the customers’ dependable single source for wheel end solutions. That includes Accuride’s steel and aluminum wheels and Gunite-brand brake drums, hubs, rotors, slack adjusters. This is something its competitor component suppliers cannot dream of achieving.

This results in more value and subsequently more benefits. The frequent face-to-face contact with the efficient sales teams that makes doing business with the firm much simpler. This in turn hints at enhanced service and support, stronger relationships and real commitment to supporting the customers’ business goals. 

Accountability

While individual Accuride Corporation facilities may have Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) procedures specific to their own operating environment and occupational hazards, all facilities of all Accuride Corp. subsidiaries operate in according to certain guidelines. The protection of the environment and the health and safety of the firm’s associates, customers, suppliers, and the communities in which they work are among Accuride’s most critical concerns. The firm provides a safe and healthful workplace, protect the environment and ensure that pertinent environmental, health and safety issues are incorporated in the planning and execution of the company’s business. The business is conducted in compliance with company and all other applicable environment, health and safety regulations.

This encompasses not only the responsibility of management and associates to ensure compliance with all environmental laws, but also the responsibility of providing a hazard-free workplace by using appropriate processes, practices and methods, as well as timely education and training.

Moving Forward

Accuride is proud to provide movement solutions to several industries worldwide and we look forward to expanding horizons in the years to come. As the firm continues to thrive and grow, so will their dedication to high-quality products, fair prices and loyal partnerships.

The man driving it all

Richard F. (Rick) Dauch is the President & CEO of Accuride Corporation. He joined Accuride in February 2011 as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Accuride, Mr. Dauch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Acument Global Technologies. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading with 2,500 employees in North America, South America and Europe in support of brand-leading customers in the aerospace and defense, automotive, heavy truck, industrial, non-automotive transportation, and related end markets.

“We are one of the largest and most diversified manufacturers and suppliers of commercial vehicle components in North America.”

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