Bowden Blog – New Year’s Edition to Kickoff 2018!

We’re excited to get 2018 started here at Bowden!

My New Year’s Resolution is to get more consistently adding content to the Blog and my youngest daughter, Abby, is going to help me out!

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

Thanks, Andy

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean – Changing Out Windows During Improvement Time

We’ve got a new Team in action for our 30-minute improvement time – Replacing machine windows.

This is a big example of what Paul Akers describes in his book, 2-Second Lean, of FIXING WHAT BUGS YOU!

It’s so much nicer and more effective to have clean windows….and it doesn’t cost that much to do it.

Check out Tony, Adam, Jeremy and Brent in action!

Bowden Blog: 2 Second Lean – Clamp Cell Chip Chutes Continued

Once again, we’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey with our Daily Morning Improvement Time each day and creating videos to show our improvements.

We’ve taken the next steps in our Machining Cell where we’re running Clamps, as we look to transform the Cell through our daily actions.

In today’s video, Marvin continues to refine our method to keep the chips contained from ending up on the floor near the machine.

Bowden Manufacturing: Quote of the Week

This week's Quote: Administration

“Setting a goal is the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”

-Tom Landry (Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 1960-1988)


Next week's Quote: Plastic Department

IMTS: International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014

IMTS_Logo_2014The 2014 IMTS: International Manufacturing Technology Show was held in Chicago this September. “The International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 114,147 registrants. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place, Chicago.”

Team Leaders of Bowden Manufacturing, Andy McCartney and Wes Holder, had the opportunity to attend the show this fall. Read more for the full interview with Andy McCartney about this years show!  Continue reading “IMTS: International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014”

Teammate Anniversary: Tammy Cook (12-15)

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Andy & Tammy (Christmas 2009)
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Home-made Fish from Teammate Carl

Tammy Cook has been a Bowden Teammate for 11 Years! She had no manufacturing experience before starting at Bowden Manufacturing. Her strong work ethic and ability to learn has made her an integral Teammate at Bowden.

Hobbies: Tammy is an avid outdoors woman! She loves to fish, hunt, ride four-wheelers and motorcycles!

Favorite Food: Her favorite food is lobster. The strangest food she has ever eaten is Octopus and Alligator.

Interesting Facts: Tammy lived in Florida for 17 years where she worked at Save on Seafood. A seafood distributor in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Favorite Bowden Memory: Bowden Teammate Carl made Tammy the homemade wooden fish you see below in Tammy’s first year at Bowden as a symbolic gift!


5 Year Anniversary: Tony Tamburro

Tony Tamburro

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH

Resides in: Kirtland, OH

Years with Bowden: 5
Tony started with Bowden Manufacturing on December 7th of 2009.

Position: CNC Set-up and Operation

Hobbies: Four-wheeling and Dirt Bikes, Guns and Fishing.  Tony enjoys spending most of his free time outdoors and relaxing.

Movies/Video Games: When indoors he enjoys playing Halo on the XBox and his favorite movie genre is Comedy

Favorite Sport: Football

Favorite Food: Tony’s favorite food is all types of Italian Food!

Car: Tony drives a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Very versatile.

Bowden Memory: Tony still remembers his first day at Bowden. He was trained by Devin R. on the M13 and ran Bolt Latches!