Restoring Glory and Dignity to U.S. Manufacturing

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For those of us working in an office, a manufacturing plant, a warehouse or a commercial retail environment, we spend about 2,350  hours a year at work.    As you reflect on your own working hours annually, think about how that might compare to the time you get to spend with your family.   For the M-F working adult, this generally leaves about 2,350 hours with your family after work M-F and Saturday-Sunday to be present as a father, mother, sister, brother, daughter or son.  While the percentages may vary greatly by individual, the amount of time one spends at work is significant.  Being fulfilled at work through accomplishment and influence has been shown to translate into positive energy at home.  Conversely, plodding, struggling and frustration at work without influence to make needed changes, results in people carrying negative energy and stress home to their families and or friends.


Cambridge Engineering, Inc. exists to glorify God by enriching the life of every person we touch.   We are working hard to build a better experience for people that we meet each day at work, whether that is an internal team member, a customer, a service support vendor or a supplier.   When people go home from work fulfilled they can be better fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons.   Healthy families contribute to healthy communities and healthy communities will lead to a more healthy country.

John Kramer, Jr., Cambridge’s CEO, speaks frequently on this message of glory and dignity in the factory and it really resonates with me.  I’ve been witness to a transformation in people engagement at Cambridge Engineering, Inc. and it started with a group of committed people on the production floor.   With some help from a mentor, Paul Akers, and a highly energized group of manufacturing companies across the U.S., Cambridge was encouraged to learn about how to eliminate struggles in the plant.  Our 2-Second Lean journey (Paul Akers) gained incredible momentum due to the simplicity of the message and it’s foundations in humility.  It was sustainable because of the sincerity of our manager’s, leader’s and owner’s commitment to enrich the lives of the people we touch.

Two years ago there were no fancy top down internal marketing campaigns to pitch the problem solving process to the organization.   Through a small group of committed production and supply chain leaders, a continuous improvement mindset and total employee engagement process was born.   This small team set the foundation that literally created energy, excitement, exploration, creativity and inspiration within the factory and across all departments.  Cambridge has now documented with video, nearly 4,000 improvements.

I can say without hesitation that during my 4 years, the Cambridge organization has significantly contributed to my being a better husband, father, brother and son.   Knowing that the work that we are doing here in Chesterfield, MO supports better environments for people across North America working in the warehouse and manufacturing segments is highly motivating.  We are definitely not short on the things we need to accomplish across the sales, marketing and service organization. Operating in this type of environment makes everything flow better.  Unconditional love for who people are (not what they do) and high performance expectations are woven into the culture.

Cambridge Engineering, Inc. exists to enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with.     We do this by making commercial and industrial HVAC equipment to improve lives.  Supporting building owners and facility leaders that desire glory and dignity at work is very cool!

About Cambridge Engineering, Inc…..

For more than 50 years, Cambridge Engineering, Inc. has been committed to enriching the lives of its people, customers and suppliers through the design, manufacture and application of space heating, ventilation (make-up air) and cooling products in commercial and industrial facilities.  Cambridge Engineering’s 120-employee operation and its network of 400-plus sales representatives have been helping manufacturers, distribution business owners and operators, facility managers, design engineers and mechanical contractors to create better indoor working environments through even temperatures and improved indoor air quality (IAQ) in warehouses, sports facilities and other high-bay spaces. The company has invested heavily in research and development to offer HTHV (high temperature heating and ventilation) products that significantly save energy and reduce operating costs. Whether in new construction or existing facility retrofits, Cambridge Engineering’s Made-To-Order design, fabrication and testing process ensures that each HVAC system is certified safe with unsurpassed product quality.

With more than 37,000 system installations and 2.5 billion square feet of buildings served, Cambridge celebrates its customers’ commitment to an improved working environment for people on the factory or warehouse floor. Cambridge is an active member of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance, an initiative of manufacturers and businesses dedicated to reducing energy consumption in commercial spaces. Cambridge is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.

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