Visiting our manufacturing partners also means getting to tour their facilities. The tour allows us to get a look at their inspection process from the inspection of incoming materials to the final inspection of finished products. This also gives us the opportunity to see advances they have made in product design, engineering, and production. WEG’s business model is focused on sustainable growth, and this growth is evident throughout their entire operation. Alongside the recently established Open Innovation Center, WEG’s manufacturing facilities in Jaraguá do Sul have grown to roughly 4 million square feet and nearly 13,000 employees. “We’ve visited multiple times over the course of our fifteen-year relationship,” Russ explains. “With each visit there are major improvements to the manufacturing processes be they capital investments or personnel. When touring the facility, the advancements don’t need to be pointed out; it’s just obvious.” They have made great strides in efficiency, automation, and innovation at their expanded facilities.