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GAM Expands US Manufacturing

Company introduces 1-week quick delivery program for gearboxes and couplings

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill.–GAM Enterprises, a U.S. owned and operated company, has expanded its U.S. manufacturing operations and introduced a one-week quick delivery program for gearboxes and servo couplings. GAM, a manufacturer of gear reducers, couplings, linear mounting kits, and other mechanical products for automation technology, recently hosted an open house event to show off its manufacturing expansion and new service programs at its Mount Prospect, Illinois headquarters.

The focus of the event was to demonstrate GAM's transformation from light production to full manufacturing, which is reported to have increased the company's capacity more than 350 percent while reducing lead times to less than one week for gearboxes and servo couplings used in automation applications. GAM transformed operationally from light production to full manufacturing and assembly after investing several million dollars in infrastructure, including new state-of-the-art machine tools and supporting systems.

The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, including U.S. Representative Bob Dold, Mt. Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek, District representative Victoria Williams, and Mark Dietzen of Senator Mark Kirk's office.

"I am extremely proud of our team and glad we got the opportunity to show our guests what we accomplished," said Craig Van den Avont, president of GAM, in a company release. "It is important for our government representatives to see firsthand what it takes for U.S. manufacturers to be competitive in the global marketplace."

The company ( stated in a press release that it established full U.S. manufacturing at its headquarters with a goal to improve delivery and overall customer satisfaction. To ensure proper execution, GAM hired an experienced team of manufacturing and engineering professionals and partnered with several consultants to apply lean manufacturing and quality principles throughout the organization. A dramatic transformation followed, allowing GAM to reduce lead-times, increase capacity, and boost flexibility. GAM reports that it now has the ability to respond more quickly to customer needs for standard and customized products.

"By developing these lean and flexible manufacturing systems in-house, not only can we produce standard products with industry competitive lead-times, but we have further strengthened our position as the market leader for flexibility and customization, which allows us to provide greater value to customers," said Van den Avont in the release.

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