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TRI-STATE ELECTRIC SURVEY SHOWS QUALITY PRIORITY, SPENDING PLANS

 GLEN DALE, W.Va., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent, regional survey of industrial electric motor and machined part users within a 300-mile radius of northern West Virginia shows a focus for quality products, and spending outlays that could exceed $30 million through 1993.
 Responses of those surveyed gave a boost to analysts predicting steady economic growth; and provided particularly good news to the heavy industry and manufacturing sectors.
 The survey was conducted by Tri-State Electric & Machine Co. of Glen Dale. Tri-State is an established electric motor repair and custom machine parts supplier to heavy industry in a four-state area. The business supplies West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania customers.
 Ninety-seven percent of those responding listed "quality" as the highest priority among their customers as well as for their supplier network.
 Price, warranty and quick turnaround service placed a distant second, and shows a real commitment among U.S. industry, according to Rod Vellenoweth, Tri-State president, who commissioned the survey.
 The spotlight on quality is an apparent reaction to American industry's focus on zero-tolerance, zero-defect, high-tech performance to compete globally, he said.
 West Virginia recently established its first regional Quality Academy at West Virginia Northern Community College to help the manufacturing sectors meet ISO 9000 international standards.
 The survey also cited a significant and growing demand for "customized" machined parts. Nearly half surveyed said technology applications are needed that make "special ordering" outdated.
 Computer software applications can make one- and two-unit production runs competitive with 10,000- to 30,000-unit runs for the manufacturer. It is technology transfer coming to the small manufacturer, Vellenoweth said.
 Another survey highlight showed an increased requirement for documentation of repairs and parts by end users. It's apparently a spin-off of quality awareness.
 Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said an efficient, reliable means of tracking and documenting each step of the product manufacturing or repair process is mandatory.
 Vellenoweth, who initiated a broad-based, in-house customer tracking system at Tri-State several years ago, said documentation is a partner to quality.
 He said it has evolved from federal government procurement requirements through international programs of major manufacturers like General Electric and Westinghouse, to small-size suppliers.
 "That's a good omen for the overall productivity and quality standards of the nation's manufacturing industry," Vellenoweth said.
 Survey respondents ranged from large-scale mill operations, power facilities, and electrical component manufacturers to small electric and machined parts suppliers and end users.
 Tri-State recently integrated a (CNC) Mazak vertical machining center into its overall electric motor capabilities. The firm undertook the survey to identify niche markets for diversifying its service base.
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 /CONTACT: John Wiater of J.W. Wiater & Associates, 304-277-4565, for Tri-State Electric & Machine Co.; or Rod Vellenoweth, president of Tri-State Electric & Machine Co., 304-845-4540/


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