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Success Stories

Bauer Compressors

has been manufacturing high pressure compressors for over 60 years. From their humble beginnings in the BAUER family home in Munich, Germany in 1946 to their current status as an industry leader, BAUER has earned the reputation as the world's foremost innovative designer and manufacturer of high pressure compressors and purification systems. The U.S. facility, BAUER Compressors, Inc. of Norfolk, Virginia was founded in 1976. BAUER Norfolk has experienced continued growth in sales and has expanded to their present 115,000 square foot facility. BAUER Norfolk is headquarters for US operations.

With a Continuous Performance Improvement Philosophy in mind, BAUER Compressors in their Norfolk facility made a significant commitment and investment to learn and to apply the principles of Lean Continuous Improvement, enterprise wide, to eliminate non-value added activities from their operations. As part of this initiative, BAUER Compressors have asked the ODUBG Technology Applications Center to assess and evaluate on an ongoing basis over the last several years through 2013, their RFQ, sales order processing materials planning, production control, manufacturing and other related processes as determined by Bauer Senior Management to continue to drive on time delivery performance.


Catalina Cylinders

is a leading producer of high and low pressure aluminum compressed gas cylinders. Catalina Cylinders has been implementing Lean concepts in their west coast facility with great success. This manufacturing facility is located in Hampton, VA. The impetus for this rapid improvement effort was an increase in actual customer demand which was exceeding their ability to supply products to meet the new demand rate. The overall target of increasing capacity to meet new incremental sales goals was realized, with some room (capacity) to spare!


Davis Interiors

since 1957, has been well known for their quality, integrity, dependability, and consistency of workmanship in providing habitability solutions for the Marine, Commercial, and Residential markets.


Empire Machinery & Supply Corporation (Mancon)

was founded in 1914 and is located in Norfolk, VA. Empire started out on the waterfront in downtown Norfolk by supplying products to the local industries, lumber and paper mills as well as the shipbuilding and ship repair businesses.


Hampton Machine Shop

President Ed Wilson can routinely be heard delivering the following sentiments; "Initially, I could not see how Lean would apply to my business in a job shop environment. My first thought was that these guys from VATPDC do not understand how HMS runs. However, once implementation began, Lean so fundamentally changed my business, in a positive way, that I openly encourage everyone to embrace the Lean way of thinking as it REALLY WORKS !!!!"



for over 30 years, has been an electrical distributor and solutions provider serving the military, commercial marine, and industrial markets. Actual positive impacts to the Jo-Kell business were realized in the areas of increased sales, retention of existing sales that may have been lost, inventory reduction, waste elimination resulting in overall cost savings, reduced quotation and order fill response times, increased order fill accuracy, standardization of work practices across all segment of the business, and elimination of redundant paperwork and office practices.


Seacoast Electric

is a specialty distributor of cable and associated electrical and electronic products for the marine industry located in Chesapeake, VA. I can't say enough about the help we received from VATPDC and I have long considered Mike Cory, Steve Demos, Dean Young, and Ellen Diggs a valuable resource for our company". Barry Barber, VP Operation & Regional Sales


Steel America

a division of Colonna's Shipyard Incorporated, was established in 2000 to address regional opportunities in heavy machining, fabrication and repair. "With VATPDC's assistance, Steel America has been able to successfully address expansion issues as our business continues to grow. Utilizing Mike Cory's expertise to optimize our fabrication and machine shops was well worth the time and investment. Realized returns on this investment continues to exceed our expectations. Our plans are to continue to utilize the services of VATPDC." -Kenneth Mebane, VP of Steel America


Valco Piping Products (W&O Supply)

a division of W&O Supply, has been serving the Navy and commercial marine markets for over 18 years. With VATPDC's oversight and direction, Valco worked their way through the company addressing every major functional area. Their focus was to look for and address every inefficiency or process non-value added activity encountered. Rather than just adjusting around the edges, whole processes were mapped out, re-imagined as they might be, and solutions put in place to bridge the performance gaps.