May 8, 2017

Colson Adds New 2 Series Models to World’s Largest Caster CAD Model Library

Colson 2 Series CAD Additions

Colson Group USA, a leading global caster and wheel manufacturer, is expanding its world’s largest computer-aided design (CAD) model library with the addition of three Colson brand product series: the 2-Series LoPro, 2-Series Stainless, and 2-Series Stainless Steel Precision. Customers can now quickly configure part numbers and download or deliver 2D/3D CAD models and interactive 3D PDF datasheets for these new additions.

“Colson continues to advance the world’s largest caster CAD library, meeting our customers’ needs for high-quality, dependable casters,” said Colson Light Duty Product Manager Jeremy Brault. “Through the expansion of the 2-series CAD models, customers can easily access pertinent specifications and easily integrate the designs of these three premium, three-year warranty products for their various caster and wheel needs.”

The 2-Series LoPro features a low profile design with cushion or hard rubber wheel options, providing floor protection and quiet operation in the lowest overall height; ideal for business machines, stock picking carts, warehouse dollies, and housekeeping carts. The 2-Series Stainless Steel series offers several tread types in 3” to 5” wheel sizes, two brake options, and a higher grade of stainless steel helping to prevent rust in even the most corrosive conditions. This makes it ideal for hostile and controlled environments, including the food, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries. The 2-Series Precision Stainless Steel series provides the same great advantages of the 2-Series Stainless, but adds improved ergonomics and noise reduction to a users’ experience through the use of a durable stainless precision bearing raceway.

The 2-series CAD models are available on Colson’s Caster CAD 3-D app or online at www.colsoncaster.com. The 3-D CAD models are compliant with major world standards and are suitable for use in current CAD systems, saving engineers time, and money.

March 13, 2017

Colson Group Expands Role of Director of Global Operational Excellence

Colson Group, the largest global manufacturer and supplier of caster, wheel and mobility solutions, announced today the expansion of Darren Taylor-Ridge’s, director of global operational excellence, role with the company. He will continue to provide support to Colson Group’s U.K. production team, while also increasing his support to global projects in North America and Asia to drive quality, health, safety, environment and customer service improvements.

Reporting to Colson Group Chief Operating Officer Christopher Cummins, Taylor-Ridge’s expanded role now includes leading global initiatives to improve customer service, quality, health and safety and productivity of the company’s operations in the U.K., China and the United States. He will be based in Colson Group’s China operations and spend time at the Saint Joseph, Michigan, distribution center.

“We are thrilled to expand Darren’s role,” said Cummins. “This move helps us better leverage his experience and expertise to continue to bring Colson together as one company and supports our goal of unmatched customer service and quality leadership.”

Taylor-Ridge joined Colson Group in April 2015 with responsibilities focused on production, health and safety, environmental and quality initiatives. During his time with the company, he has driven several process improvements in lead time, scrap reduction and the working environment. Taylor-Ridge also has been implementing lean methods to drive continuous improvements in all areas of the business.

Prior to joining Colson Group, he spent 14 years serving in the Armed Forces Infantry and six years in the Army Reserve. He then worked in manufacturing roles at Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. and other manufacturing companies.

Taylor-Ridge earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K. and a Master of Science degree in occupational safety and health technology from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.


About Colson Group:

Colson Group is the largest manufacturer and supplier of caster and wheel products in the world. Over 1,600 global employees support Colson Group’s leading product portfolio and proprietary global value chain. World renowned brands, such as: Colson, Albion, Shepherd, Jarvis, MedCaster, Rhombus, Revvo, Flexello, Pemco, and Faultless are manufactured and marketed around the world through Colson Group’s 25 global facilities – where over 192,000 products are shipped daily. For more information, visit colsongroup.com.

March 3, 2017

Colson Group’s “Colson Cares” Gives Back to Community

Colson Group Cares

Colson Group USA’s commitment to mobility goes beyond the industries we serve and the products we make. With this in mind, we started Colson Cares – a social responsibility program partnering with regional philanthropic and charitable organizations to support the upward mobility of people.

Colson Cares’ philosophy prioritizes the development of the communities in which our employees and customers live, work and play. In the fall of 2016, we kicked off the Colson Cares program with a partnership with the Benton Harbor Salvation Army by holding a food drive. This food drive inspired 180 Colson employees to donate two mini-vans filled with non-perishable food items to their community, totaling an overall donation of 13.27 pounds per person!

“The Salvation Army food drive was a great opportunity to provide food to a number of families in need,” said Vicki Head of The Salvation Army – Benton Harbor. “The amount of food received exceeded our expectations, allowing us to provide meals for a number of families in need.”

The food drive initiative was led by Colson’s Necole Duria and Laurie Brandt. Colson Cares partners with charitable organizations and initiatives focusing on social progress, economic development, workforce development, STEM programs and courses, as well as start-up competitions, executive coaching and business mentoring organizations.

February 28, 2017

Colson Group Appoints Chief Operating Officer and U.S. Director of Quality

Colson Group, the largest global manufacturer and supplier of caster, wheel and mobility solutions, announced today the appointments of Christopher Cummins as chief operating officer (COO) and Lawrence “Larry” Higgins Jr. as director of U.S. quality.

“Chris and Larry bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Colson Group leadership team,” said Colson Group CEO, Tom Blashill. “We are excited for them to support our commitment to customer satisfaction, while continuing to grow our business as the global market leader in the casters and wheels.”

Christopher Cummins

Christopher Cummins

In his new role as a key member to the senior management team, Cummins, is responsible for driving global operations, procedures and supply chain excellence. With 24 years of experience in manufacturing, sales and marketing, finance, supply chain and global sourcing, lean principles and Six Sigma, Cummins served in a number of leadership roles prior to joining Colson Group. Most recently, he was chief manufacturing officer at DiversiTech Corp. in Atlanta. Prior to this, he served as senior vice president and chief manufacturing officer at Tecomet Inc. in Boston and earlier was general manager at Danaher Corp.

Cummins earned a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also earned certifications in executive management, strategy and competition in general management from Harvard Business School in Boston and lean enterprise system design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville business school.

Larry Higgins

Lawrence “Larry” Higgins, Jr.

With more than 20 years of experience in quality and production, Higgins is responsible for supporting Colson Group USA in driving improved quality throughout the global organization. Before joining the company, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Eaton Corp. in Galesburg, Mich., functioning as regional supplier development and quality manager. Prior to Eaton, Higgins was with Visteon Corp., as production and quality management.

Higgins earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

November 8, 2016

Pemco Increases Safety, Decreases Runaway Carts

Pemco is pleased to announce the release of the SuperKat Tensioner wheel. Already known for its rounded tread, the SuperKat wheel is designed to reduce flat spotting by continuing to rotate even while being dragged laterally. The inclusion of the Pemco Tensioner helps reduce the chances of runaway shopping carts.

 

Designed to provide lasting performance and safety – the SuperKat Tensioner is in-stock, at a great price, and features:

  • A high-performance natural rubber tread, specially designed to make the SuperKat resistant to flat-spotting
  • Durability, lasting 64% longer than the competition!
  • Non-marking and quiet rolling
  • Resistant to chemicals and oils
  • Built-in tensioner ring increases parking lot safety by helping hold unattended carts and reducing the risk of runaway shopping carts

SuperKate Tensioner WheelPemco SuperKat Tensioner Competition Comparison

 

Visit www.pemcocasters.com/caster/superkat to explore the SuperKat series and to download CAD models and product datasheets for the NEW SuperKat Tensioner wheel today. A valid, free CasterPass account is required for CAD downloads. Do not forget to log-in or register.

Request quotes, samples, and pricing at www.pemcocasters.com or call your Colson Group USA representative today.

 

October 10, 2016

Albion Launches Improved and Expanded Full-Line Caster Catalog

 Catalog marks launch of newly-redesigned USA Made 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters

 

ST. JOSEPH, Michigan – October 10, 2016 | Albion, the leading heavy-duty caster brand of Colson Group USA, has just published its newest full-line catalog, which features a portfolio of over 60 unique product series designed to handle even the most challenging of applications. The catalog, which includes an industry-leading offering of industrial casters and wheels along with cutting-edge custom designs and expert advice, is available in PDF and enhanced eCatalog formats. Hard copies of the catalog can also be ordered.

The refreshed Albion catalog offers engineers, designers and purchasing agents a comprehensive and detailed professional reference library of heavy-duty and material handling caster solutions and specifications. There are helpful icons designating key features and applications and a visual table of contents for easy viewing. The interactive online version of the catalog provides quick page links and is mobile ready. The new catalog also includes the addition of new maintenance free and stainless steel sections as well as expanded spring loaded and dual wheel sections featuring a variety of new series.

“For more than 70 years the Albion brand has been a problem-solver to industry mobility challenges for customers worldwide,” said Colson Group USA Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Kish. “We believe that this new Albion catalog, with an improved and expanded portfolio including new products such as our USA-made 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters, is a reflection of that ongoing commitment.”

The release of the Albion Catalog marks the official launch of the company’s newly-redesigned 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters, which are now built in Colson Group’s two Michigan manufacturing plants following a series of advanced manufacturing investments. The new designs are laser cut and feature a variety of product improvements, including: new innovative brakes and toe guards, weld eliminations for a stronger more integrated part, smoother edges, industry leading zinc finish with clear coat, and thicker 3/8” AISI 1045 heat treated steel leg construction – all backed by an upgraded three-year warranty.

To request your new Albion catalog and start utilizing the online version today, click here.


About Albion

As material handling and heavy-duty experts for over 70 years, Albion’s proven mobility solutions are capable of the most challenging applications. From the largest offering of industrial casters and wheels handling over 30,000 lbs. per caster, to cutting-edge custom designs – Albion’s experience and technology ensure that every solution meets the performance and safety requirements unique to each customers’ needs. For more information, visit albioncasters.com.

About Colson Group USA

Colson Group USA is a subsidiary of Colson Group, the largest global manufacturer and supplier of caster, wheel and mobility solutions. For over 350 combined years, the drive and experience of Colson innovators have led to some of the most trusted and advanced mobility solutions in the world, including some of the most renowned brands: Colson, Albion, Shepherd, Jarvis, MedCaster, Pemco, Faultless and Bassick. Colson Group’s products and solutions are backed by its unmatched customer service and supply chain optimization strategies. For more information, visit colsongroupusa.com.

September 15, 2016

Investing in the USA: Albion Advances Popular 310 & 410 Kingpinless Caster Series

USA-made, laser cut and upgraded three-year warranty

ALBION, Michigan – Sept. 15, 2016 – Albion, the leading heavy-duty caster brand of Colson Group USA, has made a major new advancement in its product offering, which reinforces its commitment to U.S. manufacturing. After significant capital investments in its two Michigan manufacturing plants, Albion has unveiled a series of product advancements to its already popular 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series, which leverages the new investments to deliver added customer value and create new opportunities.

Recent purchases and installations of a new laser cutter, computer numeric control (CNC) bender, multiple robotic welding cells and CNC machining equipment paved the way at their Michigan plants for a laser cut redesign of the 310 & 410 Series steel components and accessories. The products’ transition to USA-made also allows Albion to deliver and respond to the market needs faster than ever, reducing lead times by as much as 70 percent.

“Investing in U.S. manufacturing to produce the quality heavy-duty products the industry has known Albion for is an important strategic initiative at Colson Group,” said Heavy-Duty Product Director Scott Fisher. “We have an aggressive heavy-duty growth plan and we are excited to deliver the new product improvements on the USA-made 310 & 410 Series as the first step of our plans.”

The new designs and technology allowed for a variety of product improvements, including 3/8-inch thick legs on the 310 Series; weld eliminations for a cleaner part, smoother edges for safety; an industry leading zinc finish with a clear coat; and newly designed innovative brakes and toe guards – all backed by an upgraded three-year warranty. The 310 & 410 Series is constructed of high quality, heat-treated AISI 1045 laser cut steel and features a precision-machined raceway for improved ergonomics and superior strength in rugged and towed applications. The legs are fully welded inside and out to handle the shock impact and higher load capacities traditional casters might not withstand. With a large variety of 2-1/2” and 3” wide wheels, brakes and accessory options, the 310 & 410 Series offers load capacities of up to 5,400 pounds per caster, depending on the selected rig, wheel and bearing combination.

“We are committed to our initiatives to optimize our heavy-duty segment, including product portfolio and all support services. We are continuing to invest heavily in our USA heavy-duty team and manufacturing plants,” said Colson Group CEO Tom Blashill. “Through the combination of competitively manufacturing the best product close to our customers and providing world-class support, we will continue to expand our value proposition to the market and generate growth with our strategic partners.”

The new USA-made, laser cut 310 & 410 Series brochures are available online and in the new Albion catalog that will be available for shipment late this September. Multimedia files can be accessed here.


Watch the Installation of the new laser cutter machine:


About Albion

As material handling and heavy-duty experts for over 65 years, Albion’s proven mobility solutions are capable of the most challenging applications. From the largest offering of industrial casters and wheels handling over 30,000 lbs. per caster, to cutting-edge custom designs – Albion’s experience and technology ensure that every solution meets the performance and safety requirements unique to each customers’ needs. For more information, visit albioncasters.com.

About Colson Group USA

Colson Group USA is a subsidiary of Colson Group, the largest global manufacturer and supplier of caster, wheel and mobility solutions. For over 350 combined years, the drive and experience of Colson innovators have led to some of the most trusted and advanced mobility solutions in the world, including some of the most renowned brands: Colson, Albion, Shepherd, Jarvis, MedCaster, Pemco, Faultless, and Bassick. Colson Group’s products and solutions are backed by its unmatched customer service and supply chain optimization strategies. For more information, visit colsongroupusa.com.

August 5, 2016

First Ever Caster App: Caster CAD 3D App Now On Android Devices

Approximately one year after the launch of the industry’s first caster model app, Colson Group USA is pleased to announce that Caster CAD 3D is now available for Android devices. The updated app allows users across multiple mobile platforms to explore Colson Group’s interactive 3D caster catalogs ‘on-the-go’. App users can quickly configure a part number and download or deliver CAD models and datasheets to anyone with an email address.

“We have had great success with Caster CAD 3D,” said Brad Kish, Director of Marketing/Communications. “Our customers have been asking for an Android version since its original launch, and we are now happy to deliver on this request. The Android app features the same great functionality as our iOS app, allowing fast delivery of great caster content—including 2D/3D CAD models and our very popular interactive 3D PDF datasheets. It is the content our customers need to allow them to walk away with all the pertinent specifications and allow easy integration into their designs. We have received tremendous feedback on how it is saving many of our customers’ time, and ensuring that they have a viable and trusted product specified.”

The benefits of Caster CAD 3D are:

  • Downloadable 2D or 3D CAD models are completely free and in a user’s native CAD format
  • Interactive models can be easily configured for user-specific needs
  • Interactive 3D PDF datasheets give you all pertinent specifications and a 2D drawing
  • World-View allows visualization of a model on physical products
  • Models, visualizations, and data sheets can be quickly shared with teams

The 3D CAD Models are compliant with major world standards and are suitable for use in current CAD systems. Caster CAD 3D is a free app and is now available on Google Play and the App Store.

February 11, 2016

Colson Group USA Receives Business Award

Colson Group USA is pleased to receive the Manufacturing/Distribution Large Business Award, as was bestowed by Cornerstone Alliance this morning, February 11, 2015. As part of their annual business recognition ceremony, the Cornerstone Alliance recognized Colson Group USA for the development of our new world-class Distribution Center, located next to our existing St. Joseph manufacturing plant. Kevin Osborn, Vice President of Operations, accepted the award on the company’s behalf. Read more about the meeting via Moody on the Market, a Southwest Michigan business insight blog.

Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit economic development organization primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s “Great Southwest.” Learn more about Cornerstone Alliance here.