Back in 1998, KMC Stampings was looking for a company they could work with who would support their needs and help them with some of their more niche requests. Specifically, they were looking for a materials vendor that could supply them a variety of materials in small quantities. You see, their existing vendors dealt in large quantities and didn’t carry the variety of materials they were seeking. That was when they first learned about Mead Metals. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
About KMC Stampings
KMC Stampings is a company based out of Port Washington, Wisconsin with a long history. First founded in 1908, KMC has over a century of experience providing quality products at fair prices to their customers. They’ve carved out (or maybe punch pressed) an environment where creativity, innovation, employee involvement, and customer interaction flourishes.
Whether it's the past, present or future, KMC is prepared to meet whatever manufacturing challenges come their way. And they prepare by investing in their employees, their processes, and their technologies. And for the past 20+ years, they’ve relied on Mead Metals to provide them with material.
Working with Mead Metals
I had the opportunity to chat with Cathy Skibbie, a Purchasing Agent at KMC who’s worked directly with us since our partnership was founded. We had a great conversation about her experiences. Here are a few highlights.
A Niche and A Need
“We have a diverse customer base and Mead is able to help support us so we can support our customers. Mead serves a very specific niche by offering small quantities in a variety of materials – they have a wide range of grades and gauges they supply. I’ve been with KMC for 25 years, and have worked with a lot of suppliers. Mead is unlike anyone.”
“I remember the early business opportunities with Mead and noticed that even as markets changed and new people came in, the company maintained its integrity. They never deviated from their strengths and their niche never changed. It gave us a lot of confidence in what Mead was able to do.”
“We buy a wide range of products from Mead, and seldom come across material rejects. Issues we've dealt with have been minor. And once addressed, we don't see the issue repeat. Considering the variety of materials and percentage of items that we purchase from Mead Metals, it is far below our required DPPM for rejections. They have superior quality.”
“Whenever there is an urgent need, which happens from time to time, they have always come through for us. Day in and day out, they are so reliable. When I have a request to send their way, their response time is quick. And besides our professional relationships – which I think are excellent and makes the communication much more pleasant – their on-time delivery is out of this world. I never have to call them for late material delivery. And the quality is always consistent.”
Thank you, Cathy, for taking the time to share your perspective with me and allowing me to share it with our blog readers. I truly treasure the strong working relationship we’ve built over the years and look forward to many more years partnering with KMC Stampings.