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How do you top your most successful year ever? With another record-breaking year fueled by innovation, determination and hard work.
While 2015 had been Cambridge’s best to date … we resolved to make 2016 even greater! We tripled our outside and international sales force, consolidated operations, and launched a dozen new conveyor belt and architectural mesh products.
Along the way we welcomed new customers and proudly accepted business accolades as we propelled Cambridge onto a bigger stage. Our people, reputation and market position led global manufacturing giant Rexnord to acquire Cambridge in June.
As we look forward to 2017, I want to share a few highlights from this past year. On behalf of our entire team, thank you for making 2016 a year to remember. May the new year bring you health, happiness and success.
With warm regards,
Tracy L. Tyler, President & CEO
2016 was a breakout year for Cambridge’s international operations. From VietFish to CibusTec, we attended trade shows on five continents, launched CamGrid GP - a true metric sized belt for spiral cage systems - and traveled the world on the longest continuous sales mission by one person. Expanding our global footprint, we increased our international presence, tripling the number of agents and opening the Cambridge EMEA Service Center in The Netherlands in November.
Cambridge and innovation have been synonymous for 100+ years. And 2016 was no different as we consolidated R&D and cut the ribbon on our new Innovation Center. Featuring 7,000 square feet devoted to research, development and discovery, our team of engineers and fabricators work hand-in-hand on groundbreaking technologies from our Maryland headquarters.
Our hometown hosts a dozen endurance races each year, but none are as demanding as IRONMAN Maryland. We made our mark on this renowned event by creating a two-sided signature sculpture to kick-off race season. Thanks to our Architectural Mesh team, our M-Dot went viral with its state flag on one side and blue crab on the other!
For me, the end of the school year always signals graduation and moving up. That was certainly true at Cambridge in June. As we saluted local grads, awarding scholarships to two students, our team moved to the head of the manufacturing class when Cambridge was acquired by the Rexnord Corporation, a true industry powerhouse!
We queued up Willie Nelson over the summer as we kicked off our third annual Heavy Metal customer appreciation tour. Our engineers, service technicians and sales team traveled to the Southeast and Midwest to visit with poultry processors, snack food makers and high-temp manufacturers. As we rolled up in our mobile showroom - and rolled out lunch - we thanked thousands for their faith in our products and friendship over the years.
Tapping into a booming craft beer market, we launched a new campaign to establish Cambridge as the premiere source for filter screens and parts for high-end European equipment manufacturers. Saving customers -- like Newport Storm Brewing -- both time and money, our Continuweld screens are now the choice of brew masters from coast to coast.
Baking was hot at Cambridge this year as we cooked up a new batch of products to serve the growing bakery market. For the first time, we offered two highly customizable spiral conveyor belts - Variable DuraLite and Variable Cambri-Link - to all customers. During the triennial IBIE in October, we recognized our long-standing partner Krispy Kreme with an outstanding equipment manufacturing award.
As the poultry industry wrestled with plant shutdowns and recalls resulting from product contamination, we rode to the rescue! Beginning at IPPE in January and continuing up until the last day of the year, we helped dozens of plants restore product safety and confidence to their lines. From DuraHinge Safety Edge, CamEdge MORE and the soon-to-be-officially-launched Metal Modular, we proved that indeed "metal matters."
While Cambridge is now part of a much larger family of global process, motion and aerospace companies, we’ll always retain our customer focus, legendary service, and ‘fun people, serious solutions’ culture. As we bid a fond farewell to 2016 – and to retirees Irving Cumberland (43 years), Gary Dibble (41 years) and Kenny Keith (25 years) - we donned our holiday shirts, decorated our tree, and gave thanks to every customer and colleague for making it an honor and privilege to be a member of the “Cambridge Club.”
Happy New Year from the heart of the Chesapeake!
Fireworks over Choptank River Lighthouse photo courtesy of Jill Jasuta Photography.