KZCO, Inc. 2014 MANUFACTURING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Greenwood, NE – KZCO, Inc., a Manufacturer of Motorized Valves and Controls, announced today it has been selected as The Manufacturing Business of the Year for 2014 by the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). Each year this award is presented to a Nebraska business that demonstrates leadership in employee involvement, continual process improvement, customer and supplier relations, innovation and new product development, sales growth, and sustainability.
Scott Morgan, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, says KZCO has benefitted from several programs offered by the NBDC in the past couple of years. During the summer of 2013, the KZCO management team participated in a 2-day Lean Product Development class, and in the fall of 2014, NBDC invited KZCO manufacturing to participate in the inaugural Intensive Entrepreneurship Program. “That program really identified some new opportunities for us,” Morgan says. “It opened our eyes to finding leads and future business in ways we didn’t do yesterday.”
KZCO, Inc. began in 1976 with one product, the Hydra-halt, which replaced manual valves on fertilizer applicators with this new hydraulic remote control. KZCO was the first in the industry to bring an economical motorized ball valve concept to market. The Electra-Halt was introduced in 1982 after 4 years of research and development. Over the next decades, KZCO has introduced a wide variety of other Ag and Industrial products.
The company’s growth has been on the rise. Over the last 3 years, sales have grown almost 50 percent, with both organic growth and sales in new markets. “What sets us apart,” says Morgan, “is our desire to listen to our customers, then design and develop new products to meet their needs.”
KZCO, Inc. is a global producer and a Tier 1 supplier to a number of companies in North America who require the use of a waterproof electric actuated valve. KZValve by KZCO, Inc., an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company, has been manufacturing actuated valves for over 39 years. KZValve designs, manufactures, and delivers low voltage electric actuators, controllers, and manual valves and fittings offering a wide variety of valve sizes, wiring controls, and other custom solutions. Prevalent in the Agriculture industry, KZValve also works in many diverse markets including Fire Apparatus, De-Icing/Anti-Icing, Water Processing, and other industrial processes.
In 2009, the owners started a new company called GreenField Direct, LLC. GreenField Direct designed, developed and is producing water and leak detection devices and controls and are being sold throughout the USA. They are also the maker of the PipeBurst Pro, one of the first actively managed water leak detection and prevention systems on the market, used in both residential and commercial markets. The PipeBurst Pro not only has the ability to detect a water leak using either wired or wireless sensors located throughout the structure, but because it is an actively managed system, in the event that a leak is detected it will automatically shut the water off. The development and production of those goods is another testament to the company founders and employees who strive to produce high quality goods using waterproof electric actuated valves and controls for various markets.