Metal and ceramic component molder Smith Metal Products is "exporting" one of its long-time employees, Mike Brown, to California from the company's Minnesota home. The new office in Los Angeles will help the processor better serve its customers, who manufacture for the implant and surgical device, electronics, defense, aircraft, firearm and consumer products' markets.
Smith manufactures metal and ceramic components via metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM). All of its molding is done at its Lindstrom, Minnesota facility, from where it supplies customers around the globe. Lori Bjork, general manager of Smith, said the new office in LA provides a physical presence to better serve and develop applications for the West Coast customer base. "Our customers continually tell us that having a technical engineer as the first point of contact really sets us apart from most companies. We like to be value added for our customer by being there and participating in the development process as early as possible. This office gives us another geographic point from which to easily be at our customers sites."...