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Project engineer Alex Hauck has enough equipment to mind at the General Mills Cincinnati plant where he works that he doesn't need to worry about chain transfers. Used for dividing up cased cereal boxes between two shrink wrappers when stacks of them begin backing up, the transfers, from Alba Manufacturing in Hamilton, Ohio, need almost no tending, he said.

Found in a variety of industries, including food, beverage, automotive and metals, Alba Manufacturing, Inc., in Fairfield, OH, manufactures its pallet handling equipment, knowing that the customer expects it to last forever without having to provide much, if any, maintenance. While Alba built its reputation on custom work, the company decided to create an expansive pre-engineered line that would allow it to be competitive in a broader market.

"In 2008, we saw the industry heading toward a major decline in business, so we decided to be proactive and implement a new strategy for growth." The words of Alba Manufacturing President Tom Inderhees reflect the Fairfield, Ohio, company's foresight to pursue an aggressive business plan that has proven not only shrewd, but successful. A company that made a name for itself as a reliable manufacturer of custom conveyor solutions is now making waves in the material handling industry in an entirely new way.


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