Blumenthal Companies Awards
Blumenthal Receives Oklahoma Governor Award

Oct. 11, 2007, Oklahoma Department of Commerce -- Top manufacturers received the 2007 Governor's Manufacturing Leadership Awards during the Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing, Oct. 9-10, which brought together hundreds of business owners, government officials, and economic developers to discuss industry trends and issues.

The award winners were Bar-S Foods Co., which produces corndogs, franks, lunchmeat, ham and 100 other food items at facilities in Elk City, Clinton, Altus, and Lawton; The Blumenthal Companies, an Oklahoma City-based manufacturer of transmissions, clutches, differentials, and other power train components; and Newell Coach, a Miami-based motor-home manufacturer.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the annual conference and awards ceremony provides a forum to recognize some of the industry's top companies and discuss issues facing Oklahoma manufacturers such as new immigration laws, labor shortages, and providing affordable health insurance.

The Blumenthal Companies
Blumenthal Governor Award
Blumenthal Manufacturing was founded in 1949 by the Blumenthal family, initially offering remanufactured automotive transmissions to Sears, OTASCO, Montgomery Ward, and others. Today, with more than 150 employees, they supply a wide variety of transmissions, clutches, differentials, and other power train components to dozens of customers and some of the world's largest fleets.

Blumenthal has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past year. When Mopar, the parts and service arm of Chrysler Group, lost its main supplier for manual remanufactured transmissions, it was the opportunity of a lifetime for Blumenthal.

While Blumenthal had the experience and determination to take on the huge endeavor, its production system needed a major overhaul. Blumenthal south help through the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Bob Carter, a manufacturing extension agent sponsored locally by Oklahoma City Community College, Moore Norman Technology Center, and the South OKC Chamber of Commerce.

With the leadership of Don Lake, an OSU applications engineer, and Rajesh Krishnamurthy, a Ph.D. student, Blumenthal completely remodeled its factory and introduced six new production lines in six months. It incorporated Lean Manufacturing principles and created a crisp, clean, and efficient production process, an amazing effort in a short period of time.

After passing rigorous Mopar evaluations, the company is starting to earn more Chrysler work. It has led to great new business opportunities and a significant dollar impact on the local economy.

"Mopar was dazzled by our knowledge and Oklahoma's can-do spirit," says Harry Brown, Marketing Manager for Blumenthal. "Though it looked impossible to begin with, we met or beat every timeline and goal."