2013-04-11 / Community

VanAire, Inc. reports more growth

GLADSTONE – Sales at Gladstone’s VanAire, Inc. were up 19.6 percent in 2012 from 2011, according to a recent news release from the company. This exceeded the company’s goal of $12 million in sales by 1.3 percent.

The company reported growth in all product lines, including Engineered Valve Automation Hardware which was up 22.3 percent, Environmental Solutions which experienced a 9.2 percent increase, and cement chutes manufactured under the “Gladstone Metals” name, which were up nearly 3 percent.

“As great as they are, the sales figures only tell a part of the story,” said VanAire CEO Bill VanDeVusse. “In 2012, the VanAire team also achieved ISO 9001:2008 registration, consolidated our two manufacturing facilities into our Gladstone plant, and made huge strides in on-time delivery and customer satisfaction.”

He noted the company has no plans to slow its pace of continual improvement in 2013. In January, the company had its first annual ISO Surveillance Audit and passed with no major or minor non-conformances.

Recognizing that employees perform their best when they are healthy, the company launched its “Health and Wellness Program” in March.

“Our goal is to create a culture of health and wellness whose purpose will be to foster the long term health and wellbeing of our employees and their families,” said Beverly VandeVusse, VanAire president. “We offer healthy eating alternatives, health assessments, weight loss and quit smoking programs.”

In partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the company will offer its employees on-site biometric screenings.

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