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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2019 / Vol 42 No2

92 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

92 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK INFASCO 700, rue Ouellette, Marieville, Quebec J3M 1P6, Canada TEL 450-658-8741 FAX 450-447-0114 EMAIL web-information@infasco.com WEB www.infasco.com INFASCO RECEIVES TOP HONORS FROM NAVISTAR...AGAIN! by Stan Lockhart Infasco has been recognized once again as a leading supplier by Navistar capturing the “Diamond Supplier Award” for the second time in just five years. Working closely with their supply chain partner who provides logistics and VMI services, Infasco has been able to excel in the area of production, VAVE support and design help along with critical plating and other secondary processes to facilitate final assembly at Navistar manufacturing facilities. Infasco is among the elite top two percent of the Navistar supply base annually to receive such a prestigious award and acknowledgement. PICTURED IN THE MIDDLE, RICHARD SAMUEL, VP SALES & MARKETING, AND LUC LESSARD, VP & GENERAL MANAGER OF IFASTGROUPE RECEIVE THE DIAMOND STAR AWARD FROM NAVISTAR OFFICIALS Achieving this level of success is not by chance and is the hallmark of Infasco, now in their 60th year of supplying quality fasteners to all major markets; Transportation, Heavy Equipment, Automotive, Construction, Energy and Agriculture. Excellence runs in the family with Infasco Nut also reaching the pinnacle of supply chain recognition with GM and other automotive customers and has garnered GM’s Supplier Quality Excellence award six years in a row. With the complete vertical integration of Infasco which starts with Ivaco Rolling Mills and operating “Billet to Box”, Infasco maintains complete control of the part through bolt heading, heat treating, plating by Galvano, their wholly owned subsidiary, (assembly in the case of structural fasteners), packaging and final distribution at one of it’s eight warehouses positioned throughout the US and Canada. Factory direct business from their Marieville, QC manufacturing facility, just 30 minutes from Montreal, establishes a competitive position for Infasco with key customers purchasing by advanced forecasting and production planning schedules thereby eliminating the need for spot buys while preserving PPAP integrity on parts that have been “linked” to Infasco through those specific distributors. The new culture at Infasco allows for more program selling and is a departure from the make-for-stock business model of the past. Still Infasco recognizes the need to support distributors with inventory at it’s distribution locations for lower volume demands...and same day pick up. Infasco still strives to carry the sizes and styles customers have come to depend on the North American manufacturer for when quality and the recognizable “triangle” head mark offers assurance of a fully certified part for critical applications. With new equipment in their plant and plans for additional purchases, the company is taking on more special and blue print parts and will continue to grow in this area. The latest acquisition of heading equipment is only the second of it’s kind in the US and will expand current capabilities. In addition to the new plant equipment, Infasco’s continuous improvement initiatives are also evident in other facets of the company. Plans are underway for an updated website along with a new internal software systems to fully track work-in-process and offer “real time” information to inside sales and expediting personnel. Infasco is operating with the latest Quality Certifications having achieved IATF 16949 last year. With QSLM status, and under the Cage code of 1C225, the company is adding to their military base of business. Being positioned as a Woman Owned Business under the Heico umbrella has also provided some new opportunities. BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE INFASCO

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