Innovation driving small companies

Manufacturing UpdateSept. 3, 2012

Innovation driving small companies

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Often the health of an industry can be measured in the growth of small-to-mid-size companies rather than the very large corporations.

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And that is happening in the North Bay manufacturing sector, according to Dick Herman, president of 101MFG, an industry group.

“Manufacturing, in the case of at least two North Bay machine makers, is leading the way out the doldrums,” he said.

Castle Inc., a maker of wood joinery machinery, and food processing equipment maker Blentech, are moving ahead briskly, propelled by the fresh breeze of innovation.

It was innovation that spurred the growth of 27-year-old Castle in Petaluma in the first place when founder Max Durney developed a machine to rout toe screw pockets. The slanted groove that holds the joinery screw in place is now standard in the cabinet-building industry.

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