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Manufacturing Solutions Inc. (MSI) has announced their firm has been tapped to produce DC Invents’ Quickeeze Sleeve Strap product. DC Invents, based in Hardwick, VT, has created a new product that makes work easier, faster, and safer.

MSI provides comprehensive services up and down the supply chain and will provide DC Invents with assembly, quality control, and unit-packing.

DC Invents owners, Dylan Morrill and Cody Hopkins, recently invented an improved version of a traditional strap system that holds electrical line workers’ rubber safety sleeves on securely. The existing system was thick, uncomfortable, and included screw-on buttons that would eventually strip and loosen over time, and in many cases fall off. Filling a void in the market, the Quickeeze Sleeve Strap is more comfortable and easier to use. The rapid adoption of the new product has produced significant market demand, resulting in an inventory shortage situation. Utilizing MSI as a contract manufacturing partner will provide DC Invents with the added resources necessary to further grow their business and profit margin.

“We were making the straps by hand on a home sewing machine at our dining room table and selling them,” DC Invents co-owner, Cody Hopkins, shared. “But we eventually reached out a point where we were unable to keep up, so we turned to MSI for assistance.”

“Their team’s focus on quality aligned with that of our mission, which has made for an ideal partnership,” said Dylan Morrill, co-owner, DC Invents.

MSI’s production of the new Quickeeze Sleeve Strap began in early July 2017, creating an immediate additional position at MSI. With MSI’s assistance, DC Invents is anticipating reaching inventory on-hand by the end of summer.

“DC Invents is a great example of a company experiencing positive growth pains where MSI is able to not only serve as an extension to their business, but also a solution to their immediate operational challenge,” said Keith Koehler, Business Development Manager, MSI. “It’s a great story of Vermont ingenuity.”

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As Business Development Manager, Keith Koehler will be responsible for expanding the company’s contract manufacturing and logistics services and developing new markets

Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (MSI) has announced the addition of Keith Koehler to their team as Business Development Manager. Koehler will be responsible for expanding MSI’s marketing and sales for the company’s manufacturing, logistics, and commercial properties leasing divisions while simultaneously extending services into new markets. His proven leadership, demonstrated track record for success, and decades of expertise will aid the MSI team in their continued growth trajectory.

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MSI is one of Vermont’s fastest growing companies in the manufacturing industry, and is one of the largest employers in Lamoille County. The company was honored as a 2015 & 2016 recipient of the Vermont Business Growth Award by Vermont Business Magazine, for significant revenue growth.

“We are excited to have Keith on our team,” said Garret Hirchak, President and CEO, MSI. “His extensive leadership experience and demonstrated marketing abilities will lend themselves nicely to our executive team, playing a pivotal role in our future growth.”

Koehler adds, “MSI provides an incredible value to their clients, offering ready-to-go, high-quality, fixed-price, and economically beneficial solutions to companies of all sizes. I am very much looking forward to strengthening our existing relationships, as well as building new business opportunities that create strategic win-wins for MSI customers, their customers, and the Vermont economy overall.”

Prior to joining MSI, Koehler served as Vice President/General Manager for Bisson Moving & Storage in Maine, where he served the company for nearly four decades. Koehler worked his way up from working as a residential mover on the trucks since 1978, via numerous management, sales, and marketing positions. He was a long-time member of the executive team with eventual oversight of 150 employees in Bisson’s multiple divisions. He is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Business Administration and lives in Johnson, VT. Koehler can be reached at keith.koehler@msivt.com, or 802-888-9740 directly.

Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (MSI) has announced Joni Gaines as their new Property Asset Manager. In this newly established role, Gaines will be responsible for researching and identifying new real estate opportunities, in addition to providing comprehensive analysis, marketing, and sales of current rental properties. Her decades of real estate expertise will further aid in the preparation of MSI’s annual budget, reporting, customer service and financial performance.

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Joni Gaines

As MSI continues to build its commercial and residential real estate portfolio, the creation of this position was deemed necessary. The company’s properties, totaling over 300,000 square feet, are located throughout Lamoille and Orleans counties and include the former Buck’s Furniture property, which is currently undergoing a complete renovation, in Wolcott.

Gaines has been a prominent real estate professional in Lamoille County since 1999. In 2010, she opened a Stowe branch of New England Landmark Realty, Ltd where she serves as a real estate broker for first time home buyers, commercial properties, resort & second home purchases, as well as investment opportunities. Prior to opening her own branch, she was realtor with Pall Spera Company Realtors for more than 10 years. Gaines is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (BS in Business Management; Communications) and was honored as the 2014 Lamoille Area Board of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year.

“We have begun to significantly expand our commercial leasing, recognizing the need for a Property Asset Manager to capitalize on these investments,” said Garret Hirchak, President and CEO, MSI. “Joni brings a wealth of industry expertise to this position and we are not only looking forward to her helping us further grow our property assets, but also maximize current real estate and analyze future redevelopment opportunities.”

Gaines added, “I’m thrilled to be joining the MSI team and looking forward to expanding their real estate portfolio with both new and existing opportunities.”


About Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (MSI)

MSI is a leading provider of lean manufacturing and third-party logistics solutions in North America. Strategically located between the busy ports of Montreal, Boston, and New York, we’re well-positioned to meet your product development and distribution needs. We’ll handle the logistics so that you can focus on growing and improving your business.

Manufactured in VermontWe’re excited to be heading back to Essex Junction’s Champlain Valley Exposition for the annual Manufactured in Vermont trade show. This year we are not only exhibiting (Booth #337), but we are also pleased to be a Silver Sponsor. This event is always full of so many great manufacturers, OEMs and sub-contractors from all over New England and Canada who attend to connect and develop business for contracts and enhanced supply chain opportunities with Vermont manufacturers.

The event provides a great opportunity to network with industry peers and more than 90 exhibitors, meet buyers, suppliers and partners, connect with employers, attend workshops and gain industry insights. Additionally, you can see new product innovations and experience interactive exhibits, including an Advanced Manufacturing Lab by Vermont Technical College and an aircraft by Mansfield Heliflight.

Come see Rob Connerty at Booth #337 and catch up with what is new at MSI. We would love to talk and learn what is developing at your business, so that we can better assist you with our manufacturing, logistics, and commercial leasing services and capabilities. Registration is free for attendees, so come, setup a meeting with our team, visit our booth, and see what opportunities can be had!


Vermont Business Magazine: “MSI Expands Reach Out-of-State”

MSI was featured in Vermont Business Magazine. Rob Connerty explains MSI’s positioning in the regional market and how the company has found its footing for growth. Primed for continued double-digit growth in the next year, MSI looks to expand its reach outside of just Vermont, tapping into the nearby metropolitan areas to provide a quality and cost-effective solution to more industries.

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iso certificationManufacturing Solutions Inc. (MSI) is proud to announce the company has achieved ISO certification 9001:2008. MSI is a leading provider of contract manufacturing services, logistics and commercial / industrial facilities. MSI works with US and international companies providing high quality, flexible solutions for manufacturing, warehousing, fulfillment and facility needs to a variety of industries. MSI employs 160+ people at its’ Morrisville, Vermont location. “We are excited about becoming qualified to enter industries which require ISO 9001 certification,” stated MSI CEO, Garret Hirchak.

ABOUT ISO: ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

What are standards? International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade. ISO has published more than 21000 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.

Not your average aerospace convention! MSI attended the 4th Annual International Business Convention for the Aerospace Industry (Aeromart) in Montreal. Check out our booth below, with other Vermont aerospace and manufacturing companies.

ABOUT AEROMART: Over 18 years Aeromart has become the venue for the global aeronautical industry formed around face-to-face pre-arranged appointments. Today, Aeromart has grown into a major aerospace event offering outstanding networking opportunities to manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers, subcontractors, service providers and clusters from around the globe. By alternating between Toulouse, Tianjin, Nagoya and Montreal, Aeromart delivers an excellent business platform to the entire aerospace community. Aeromart helps aerospace actors explore new markets (China, India, Russia, Mexico,…), create more awareness about new programs and trends (green aviation, composites,…).

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