The Missouri Association of Manufacturers (MAM) has honored Cambridge Engineering by naming the company Missouri’s Small Manufacturer of the Year. Cambridge is a manufacturer of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment for commercial and industrial facilities, and is located in Chesterfield, Mo.
“I look forward to celebrating this win with all of our team members – they deserve the accolades for this award,” says John Kramer, CEO of Cambridge Engineering. “While we manufacture exceptional HVAC equipment, we’re most proud of how we go about the process. We have a great culture at Cambridge where we set high expectations, and deliver through a commitment of unconditional love for our staff and the people we’re honored to work with. Our intent is to create an enriching environment for the whole person, so at the end of the day, our team members go home as better husbands, wives, sons and daughters making for a better family that improves their community.”
This honor comes on the heels of being named The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplace in 2016 and 2018. Cambridge received high marks from MAM for their implementation of lean manufacturing methodologies that improve product quality, while reducing manufacturing labor and material waste. The company credits a culture that encourages personal and professional growth. Their employees are recognized for problem-solving abilities, providing everyone on the factory floor and office staff with an active voice. Says Marc Braun, president of Cambridge Engineering, “Each of our 158 team members create solutions and improve processes daily that lead to better products, and through them, we can compete favorably with anyone.”
A key passion of Cambridge is to restore glory and dignity to domestic manufacturing. As part of this commitment, they have provided factory tours to hundreds of other organizations who are interested in learning Cambridge’s people-centric lean manufacturing journey and how the company is strengthened through its culture. A key part of this culture includes their morning meetings where team members interact with each-other, stretch, share grateful appreciation, and review daily business metrics.
2019 has been a busy year for Cambridge, having just entered the industrial cooling arena through the 2018 acquisition of the Spec-Air and Ares HVAC brands from Essick Air. These evaporative cooling products are now manufactured at the Cambridge facility, allowing the company to offer an array of HVAC solutions for commercial and industrial facilities.