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Why Thogus Supports Manufacturing Day

by Administrator30. October 2015 09:14

Pumpkin Decorating!


Families learning about rp+mAmerica is a country of makers. We build. We design. We manufacture. Cleveland is a storied manufacturing city. Our steel helped build this nation. We built cars that transformed our economy. Our port has transported goods across our nation. Thogus is proud to be part of this history and proud to be a manufacturer.  

In recent years it seems that manufacturing has lost its allure as a career-destination. Schools are doing away with shop classes and kids look at factories as dirty and dead-end. At Thogus that is simply not true and on October 2nd we held a Manufacturing Day Family Open House for our Thogus employees and their families to show them what next-generation manufacturing looks like. 
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing, meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Who better to show what that looks like than our own employees and their families? With the official Manufacturing Day on Friday October 2nd, we decided to have an event showcasing what we do and why we are a career-destination!
The event began at 5:30 pm Friday evening. All employees and their families were invited and we had an awesome turnout of more than 100 people, and out of that we had around 40 kids! To appeal to our younger attendees we had pumpkin painting, Lego building, Play-Doh station, and coloring and crafts. What better way to emphasize manufacturing than to have the wee ones create?
For everyone, our inimitable Brad Krupa hosted tours of our facility to provide a first-hand view of what we do. He covered five different stations, rp+m & JALEX, tool room, Energizer, Shurtech. With his gregarious nature and humorous approach, Brad proved to be the perfect tour guide.  It's difficult be bored when he is around! 

Thogus is proud and excited to be part of this event, the Manufacturing Day. We want our future generations to know that manufacturing is an industry that is worth joining and one you can be proud to be part of! 


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Attorney General, Mike DeWine, visits Thogus and it's family of companies

by Administrator4. February 2015 13:53

Yesterday Mike DeWine, Ohio's Attorney General, made a special stop at Thogus and it's family of companies to learn more about Manufacturing that is happening right here in Northeast Ohio.   Our sister company, rp+m , was able to educate Mr. DeWine and his team on additive manufacturing and our technology platforms. 


"We love having visitors like Mike tour our company, because they are interested in learning more about manufacturing.  It's becoming sexy again and Thogus, rp+m and JALEX are at the forefront of it," states Matt Hlavin, CEO of  Thogus, rp+m and JALEX Medical.   "Not only was he able to see all of the technology we have invested in on our mass production floor, but he was also able to learn about the metals and polymer 3D Printing platforms we have.  We were able to show Mike how we have grown from a traditional manufacturing company into an advanced manufacturing company!"

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Thogus mentioned in White House Press Release

by Dana Foster19. January 2015 17:47


On January 9th, the President announced the latest in a series of partnerships aimed at boosting advanced manufacturing, fostering American innovation, and attracting well-paying jobs that will strengthen the middle class. After a decade of decline, American manufacturing is coming back, adding 786,000 new jobs since February 2010. Today’s new action is the kind of investment we need to build on this progress, creating the foundation needed for American manufacturing growth and competitiveness in the years to come.

Thogus is proud to be at the fore front of the manufacturing industry! Thogus creates The Edge of manufacturing with investments in the latest technology, people and solutions for key partners.  

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A Journey of Continuous Improvement

by bree palacios9. December 2014 11:15


Continuous improvement is a journey, not a destination. Thogus Products began its adventure in 2009.

Over the course of the past 5 years, Thogus Products has made numerous ‘lean’ changes within the plant floor and offices which have positively impacted the company. ‘Lean’ is a method that many manufacturing companies practice to eliminate overall waste and improve processes. This is accomplished in means of reducing time, product and cost.

One of the most important ways in which Thogus Products creates solutions to eliminate waste is provided through the voice of the employee. Employees are encouraged to submit management alert cards when they find possible solutions to current waste in and around the plant floor. These cards are then reviewed through the Continuous Improvement Department where a new process is established and employees are then trained appropriately.

During the beginning of their ‘lean’ journey, Thogus Products invested in robotic arms to separate parts from the tooling cavities. Conveyors allowed parts to cool before dropping into a box to be sorted.

Listed below are further ways in which Thogus has created new ‘lean’ processes:

- AC and a chiller system were installed within the past two years which helped control the environment and the rate at how quickly parts cooled.

- Gaylord tippers were suggested by employees to allow material to continuously flow into the press hoppers. Portable gaylord tippers are also used which allow operators to tip/lift material from any location within the plant. This, too, was a suggestion by an employee.

- Job boards can be seen located at each press which display work order information, instructions, change process, lights, outlets and room to work freely. These boards allow operators to find all information needed to have a successful production run. The boards are also portable, which allows the operators to take them to other stations if needed.

- A forklift charging station was recently created in November. This station appears as a mini parking lot. All forklifts are to be returned to the station when not being used. There, other employees can locate the lifts and will have no worries of them not being charged.

There is no such thing as perfect, but Thogus Products believes that there is always room for improvement.

Portable gaylord tipper- Suggestion by Employee  

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Portable Job Boards- Suggestion by Employee












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Thogus Spotlight Friday- Making Customers Happy

by Administrator21. November 2014 10:36
  • Describe your role here at Thogus : “I am a Customer Service Representative for our strategic accounts. I take care of our top customers and assist the other Customer Service Representatives when needed. I love making our customers happy, because it makes me happy and it makes us a happy Thogus. Part of our mission is to satisfy and exceed customers' expectations.  We live by this here at Thogus. I make sure that our customers orders are processed, shipped in a timely manner, and that we ship quality products every time.”
  • What do you like most about Thogus? : “I love the people who I work with. It is like coming home instead of to work. My coworkers are my second family.”
  • What does teamwork mean to you? : “To me, teamwork is a group of people working together to meet the same objectives. Putting differences aside and working as one. That is what we have here at Thogus."







Rose Warington

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How Matthew K. Hlavin fosters his evolving business and creates Advanced Manufacturing Solutions...

by Christie Reznik11. September 2014 16:06
Crain's Cleveland Business featured Matt in a recent article where he talks about fostering a spirit of innovation, developing culture, engaging employees and the importance of attracting the next generation workforce of manufacturing. Ultimately, innovation creates value all around. Through the power of advanced manufacturing software and technology, and the enhanced capabilities they provide, companies like Thogus are entering into a new age of manufacturing, with their CEO Matt Hlavin, leading the charge. 

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Why lean manufacturing is important for creating a value stream and for reducing waste...

by Christie Reznik28. August 2014 13:00
According to an article in Industry Week, there are so many manufacturing plants across the United States today that are implementing lean initiatives. In order to perform lean initiatives within your organization, you need to set every lean journey up for success. Providing data, goals, objectives, and expectations will ensure the team within your organization is on board with you. Analyzing the work, finding and communicating the ways to improve it, and leading by example is key to a successful lean launch.  
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The Importance of an Internship

by Dana Foster26. March 2013 08:30


An internship is an invaluable experience for any college student. Before receiving that diploma, it is imperative for each student to begin his/her professional career while still in school. This parallel experience exposes students to real-life application of academic theory and teachings, acclimates prospective graduates to various professional cultures, and builds the students personal brand and professional network.

More important than academics is having the knowledge and experience to apply them. Each internship provides a student with real-life problem-solving skills in a professional atmosphere. As a double major at Cleveland State University with two years ago, I chose to participate in multiple internships in parallel with my academic career because school can only teach us so much. College teaches us the theories and fundamentals applied in our industries, but life experiences make those fundamentals a reality with complex problems and evolutionary solutions. Confucius verbalizes this concept best: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

As well as acclimating the student to the professional realm of business, interning is a chance to find one's niche in the grand scheme of one's career. A business is about more than just processes and people. Each company has a culture structured through missions and values, implemented through management, and executed through people. Thogus has a unique, family-like culture and set of processes known as “the Thogus way.” Thogus and its people have created a welcoming, energetic, high-paced environment providing a productive and pleasant work space for all. An internship gives the student a jumpstart on finding where he or she fits as an individual. After all, as human beings, we long to fit in a culture similar to who we are and how we think. The culture is the face of the company.

Lastly, every internship helps a student develop a professional network all her (or his) own. During this fast-paced and communication-driven generation, the importance of networking is at an all-time high. Every student will establish connections all over the city in which she works to build her “personal brand.” Thogus has been an amazing opportunity to learn with this team as they grow and expand and meet some fantastic people to remain in my network of professional people for years to come.

              My internship at Thogus has been an eye-opening experience. I have never worked somewhere so many people were happy with where they work. As a rapidly growing small business, Thogus is commemorated for its game-changing innovation and technology in the manufacturing industry as well as ability to maintain a positive, energetic work atmosphere. “The Thogus Experience” has been memorable for from a perspective of real-life application, great culture, and fantastic additions to my network.

Written By: Kristen DeSantis


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