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Monitoring and Control Instrument Manufacturer

This company designs, manufactures and markets monitoring control instrumentation for the process industries.

During the 2 years prior to certification, the company suffered reduced production and employment due to increasing foreign competition, primarily from China. As a direct result, annual unit production decreased 4% and employment decreased 5% during this period.

The company, with assistance from the University of Southern California’s Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (Western TAAC) became certified as trade impacted by the US Dept. of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) in December of 2001.

Western TAAC and the firm's management developed a strategy focusing on maintaining its leadership position as “The Interface Expert” in process instrumentation within its targeted process industries.

The company completed the implementation phase of the TAAF Program in February 2009. While active in the program the company successfully implemented four product design projects. Since beginning its public/private sector partnership with the TAAF Program, annual sales increased 3% to $22.5 million, productivity improved 10% to $127,586 sales per employee, and profitability increased 611%

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