Five Ways We Can Help Small Manufacturers

How We Can Help Small Manufacturers and Fix the Economy

Melissa Mangold, CEO of Casco Manufacturing Solutions, was a guest author for Healthcare Business Today. She shared some of her thoughts on ways small manufacturers, like Casco, can help boost the American economy.

In the article, Melissa offered this idea to help gain employees at small manufacturing companies, “Higher education tends to nudge students to apply for positions at large corporations, often ignoring small-and medium-sized businesses. Yet there is likely more opportunity and room to advance in a small business. At a small company, a young employee can really shine and make an impact.”

Melissa went on to explain why small manufacturing companies offer ways for people who are hands-on learners to gain employment and excel at their job.

See the full article at HealthCareBusiness Today.

Melissa Mangold, President and CEO of Casco Manufacturing Solutions

Casco Manufacturing Solutions Ready to Help U.S. with Essential Medical Soft Goods

Cincinnati soft goods manufacturer creates healthcare mattresses, mattress covers

Casco Manufacturing Solutions of Cincinnati has the capability to help the nation by supplying needed medical soft goods during the pandemic, says CEO Melissa Mangold.

And while Casco is a small shop with 40 employees, it is one of only a handful of soft goods manufacturers left in the U.S. today. It also has the capability to ramp up production and deliver finished products within a few days.

“If it involves a piece of fabric, we can make it,” said Mangold. “I hear in the news that we’ll need additional ICU units across the country. We can’t make ventilators, but we 1 can supply all the soft goods for those additional beds and deliver it to healthcare facilities.”

Casco can also manufacture personal protective gear for healthcare workers, such as gowns and booties, as well as provide its usual line of mattresses, replacement covers, stretcher pads, OR table pads—all the soft goods needed to outfit an ICU bed, said Mangold.

Casco continues to fill customer orders during the pandemic and can supply hospitals, nursing homes, and healthcare facilities, as well as individual orders. Large orders can be delivered within a few days, and smaller orders can be drop-shipped.

The 60-year-old, woman-owned business has in place stringent cleaning and washing procedures for both its industrial sewing machine operators and front office employees. It follows the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and local boards of health guidelines on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“At Casco, we are a family, and in that spirit of love and helping others, we go to work every day knowing we’re improving the comfort of health-impaired people who need our products,” said Mangold.

Team members are encouraged to closely monitor their health and well-being, and are asked to stay at home if they, or someone in their household becomes ill. The company has also suspended business air travel for team members through April 30 and is recommending virtual meetings and conference calls in place of face-to-face meetings.

“We’ve impressed upon our employees the current state of emergency and they understand the CDC’s recommendations regarding proper hand-washing techniques and adequately sanitized surfaces,” added Mangold. “We know how urgent it is that we supply the nation for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases. But we’re also extremely proud of our work and want healthcare supply organizations to know we are here and ready to be of service,”

Casco is an original equipment manufacturer specializing in cutting, sealing, and sewing top-quality products for soft goods industry leaders. It manufactures its own C-Matt™ hospital line of mattresses and covers, and the Casco Prevention Plus Pad, a wheelchair pad designed to help eliminate “hot spots” for wheelchair patients to prevent, as well as heal pressure injuries.

For more information about Casco Manufacturing Solutions products, visit www.cascomfg.com or call Casco general manager Jeff Hummeldorf at (513) 681-0003.

Media Contact: Jeff Hummeldorf
Email: jhummeldorf@cascomfg.com
Phone: (513) 681-0003

A COVID-19 Letter to Our Customers

Dear Valued Customer,

At Casco Manufacturing Solutions, Inc., our team members and customers are like family. And like you, during these last few weeks we’ve been focused on doing all the things we need to do to keep our families safe and healthy.

As a family owned business for 60 years, our focus is on serving our customers and providing a great environment for our team members to thrive in.

CASCO’s priority is keeping our customers and employees safe. We are following the guidelines of the Centers For Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and local boards of health on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are treating the COVID-19 virus very seriously, and we want to share an update on some of the key steps we are taking for the safety of our team and customers:

  • Elevated cleaning and safety standards – We have intensified our already rigorous cleaning standards – including increasing the frequency of sanitizing and cleaning restrooms, equipment, work surfaces, door handles, time clocks, telephones, computers, and all other commonly used items/locations. We will be providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility as well.
  • Encouraging our team members to closely monitor their health and well-being. Asking our team members to stay home if they, or someone in their household become ill. Suspending business air travel for team members through April 30, 2020 and recommending virtual meetings and/or conference calls.
  • Encouraging our suppliers and customers to follow the CDC’s suggested hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the virus. Recommending that our suppliers and customers also incorporate safe hygiene practices at home.
  • We are keeping our team informed and aware of best practices to help prevent the spread of the disease, as well as any changes that are announced. We have impressed upon our employees the current state of emergency and have conveyed the CDC’s recommendations regarding proper hand washing techniques and adequately sanitizing surfaces.

In everything we do, we’re guided by our values and our Purpose: To be a differentiated provider of superior quality products. We strive to make decisions that balance the safety of our team members with our commitments to our customers. And above all else, we’ll be there for our customers when they need us.

 

Thank you for being a loyal customer,

Melissa Mangold

President

Melissa Mangold, President and CEO of Casco Manufacturing Solutions

Casco Manufacturing Solutions featured in Enterprising Women Magazine

Casco Creates Exceptional Soft Goods While Providing Jobs for Those Who Need Them

Some of the best things Melissa Mangold likes about living and working in Cincinnati are its Ohio River beauty, variety of world-class culture, sports and entertainment—and good old Midwest affordability. Add to that the connection she feels to family—her family of origin and her workforce family of nearly 50 at Casco Manufacturing Solutions.

Mangold, president and CEO of the 60-year-old soft goods manufacturing company, says everything starts with a bit of fabric. Whether that fabric is radiofrequency, seam-welded polyurethane, or the invisible fabric connecting a diverse workforce family that genuinely cares for each team member, what drives Mangold forward in her business is her commitment to do good work and provide jobs for those who need them.

Casco is a third-generation, family owned and certified, woman-owned manufacturer of soft goods for healthcare, the outdoors, government, custom orders, and private labels. It sews hospital mattresses; stretcher pads and covers for some of the largest and most respected hospital bed companies in the world. Casco also manufactures C-Matt™ Replacement mattresses and covers and other products distributed under the Casco name.

When Mangold took over Casco’s reins in 2002, the company focused on creating a manufacturing niche of high-quality products and ethical, impeccable customer service. Mangold’s goal was simple: Casco didn’t have to be the biggest, but it would be successful if it was the best.

Mangold recognizes the need to innovate to grow her business. When the economy tanked in 2008, her primary focus was to survive. And survive Casco did, while larger manufacturers failed. “In 2008, we looked inward,” says Mangold. “We streamlined internal processes and cut expenses. But never once did we consider going offshore.”

Being a patriotic and ethical company making products in America is directly correlated to Mangold’s desire to treat everyone fairly and respectfully— whether they are employees, customers or vendors. Ethics permeate her organization, from its hiring practices to its product pricing and quality control.

Born in Cincinnati and raised Roman Catholic, Melissa attended Cincinnati Catholic elementary and high school. She and her three sisters and brother grew up in a household that embraced the Golden Rule of doing “unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

A middle child, Mangold was observant and sensitive to others’ needs. One day, her mentally handicapped brother was lying on the sidewalk outside the family home. Five boys on bikes rode past him and one rode right over her brother. She was outraged by the injustice of that action and has since developed strong opinions about our moral responsibility to care compassionately for others.

Mangold graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati in 1982, and joined Casco in 1990, assuming the presidency when her father retired from the business. Her philosophy of hiring and management is a reflection of her compassion for others, especially the underserved.

“The majority of jobs at Casco consist of front office, dock workers and industrial sewing operators,” says Mangold. “The latter two groups don’t require a formal education. Because the majority of jobs Casco provides are mostly skilled labor, just about anyone who can pass a drug test, has a minimal command of English and wants to work can get a job here.”

As a result, Casco’s workforce is as diverse as the United Nations. In addition to American citizens, Casco employees hail from Guatemala, Mexico, Cambodia and Viet Nam, where some worked in industrial sewing jobs in their home countries. Casco also hires graduates of Talbert House, a greater Cincinnati social services agency which helps the homeless, underserved and addicted recover and become integrated back into society.

Casco will hire and train nearly anyone as an industrial sewing operator: legal immigrants, ex-felons, recovering addicts and alcoholics. “Creating jobs for people gives them an opportunity to lead responsible, useful lives as they provide for their families and loved ones,” says Mangold. She is proud of Casco’s caring, inclusive culture and its commitment to manufacture and deliver exceptional soft goods.

Everything Casco manufactures is made in the U.S.A. “We’re who we say we are, and we take pride in that,” says Mangold. “We try to treat everyone with respect, from sewing operators to management to customers. We don’t pad pricing and offer discounts later. We don’t substitute materials in our products; we don’t believe it’s ethical.”

Mangold’s commitment to its staff and production workers is paying off in profits. Casco has seen upward revenue growth, particularly over the past three years. “We have a strong foundation from which to grow and our mission is to do just that,” she says. “My philosophy is that we put our best foot forward and let the chips fall where they may. The end result is, we succeed in a tough industry and sleep well at night.”

Connect with Melissa Mangold at mmangold@cascmfg.com.

Thomas Mangold-Lenett, Michael Lenett, Melissa Mangold, and Samuel Mangold-Lenett

Casco Celebrates 60 Years in Business

Product innovation, employee loyalty helped Casco thrive for 60 years

Melinda Zemper, Oak Tree Communications
Cincinnati Enquirer, January 2020

The Mangold family celebrating Casco Manufacturing Solutions’ 60th anniversary include, from left: Christi Mangold Norton; Melissa Mangold, Casco president and owner; father Thomas Mangold; mother Teri Mangold; Penny Mangold Herr; and Cheryl Mangold Cavendish. Faith George, Provided

Casco Manufacturing Solutions of Camp Washington in Cincinnati celebrates 60 years in business this year as a third-generation, family-owned manufacturer of soft goods.

Its facility at 3107 Spring Grove Ave., located at a nexus of railroad tracks in Camp Washington’s historic industrial district harkens back to a time when workers didn’t need a high school education to get a job, much less a college degree.

It speaks to an era when workers mingled with managers at the annual Christmas party, where employees were treated like family, and bosses gave workers a ride home at night if they needed one.

That’s the way it was at Casco 60 years ago– and it’s still that way today.

“We’re so proud of our employees’ loyalty and dedication to excellence,” said Melissa Mangold, Casco CEO since 2002. “We’ve gone through a lot of changes over 60 years, but one thing hasn’t changed. We were a family then and are still a family today. We try to live by the ‘Golden Rule.’”

It all started with “a piece of fabric,” according to the company website. In 1959, Alvera and Robert Wolfe, Mangold’s aunt and uncle, established Cincinnati Auto Seat Cover Company (now Casco Manufacturing Solutions) and began sewing car seat covers and floor mats for the American auto industry. Twenty years later, the company was a national industry leader with 200 employees.

Tom and Teri Mangold, Melissa’s parents, purchased Casco when Bob and Vera retired in 1977. Melissa had worked for Casco as a teen, went east for a few years, and returned in 1990 before taking on the CEO role.

The company’s product lines have evolved with changing times and technology. When durable synthetic fabrics were introduced in the late 1970s, Casco expanded its production line to include medical cart covers, medical pads, mattress covers, and specialty wheelchair cushions. It acquired equipment for radio frequency sealing and added its C-Matt hospital mattress line. In the 2000s, it expanded yet again to become a contract manufacturing partner for a variety of markets, including institutional, healthcare, government, outdoor, custom manufacturing and private label markets.

Mangold and her sisters, Cheryl Cavendish; Penny Herr; and Christi Norton all began working at Casco during summer and vacation breaks as teenagers. Aunt Vera and Uncle Bob or their parents picked them up at home in the morning, offered them a good lunch, and dropped them off at night after a 12-hour shift.

The hours were long, the work sometimes hard, and it was hot on the second floor of the factory in summer, but the sisters developed good work ethics. They also learned to appreciate everyone—whether a manager or sewing operator– who worked hard and even stayed late at times to get special orders shipped out on time.

“We were all family, especially the women who were sewing upstairs,” said Mangold. “I have such fond memories of them. They talked and laughed constantly; you could hear them talking among themselves above the din of the sewing machines as they put in 40 hours a week to help put food on the table for their families.”

At various times over the years, Mangold family members working at Casco have included children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and Mangold’s youngest son, Samuel Mangold-Lenett, a recent UC graduate.

Only Melissa and her eldest son, Thomas Mangold-Lenett, are among Casco’s 40 full-time employees today. Mangold’s husband, Michael Lenett, is a bridge engineer at Patrick Engineering.

Mangold said Casco’s business plummeted when the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) was passed in 1993. Then their largest customer began manufacturing products in China, where labor was cheaper. Other customers, too, turned to offshore manufacturing in the early 2000s. But Casco remained dedicated to making high-quality, U.S.- made products and expanded product lines, adding customers.

During the recent recession, Mangold said she didn’t take a salary for two years so Casco didn’t have to lay off employees.

Today, Casco remains an original equipment manufacturer specializing in cutting, sealing, and sewing top-quality products for soft goods industry leaders. Casco also manufactures its own C-Matt hospital line of mattresses and covers, and recently developed the Casco Prevention Plus Pad, a wheelchair pad designed to help eliminate “hot spots” for wheelchair patients to prevent, as well as heal pressure injuries.

Mangold and her family, employees and friends celebrated recently with a party complete with games, awards and door prizes. Four Casco employees, Iva Deese; Bernice Hudler; Jeff Hummeldorf; and Maurice Williams were honored for 25 years of service.

Mangold also announced the establishment of the Thomas W. Mangold scholarship in industrial design at the University of Cincinnati. The scholarship is named after her father, now 93.

“It used to be that people respected the dignity of work; that’s still true today at Casco,” said Mangold. “Anyone who wants to work can find a job here.”

Today Casco is one of only a handful of U.S. soft goods manufacturers left in the nation. Most of its employees are industrial sewing operators who come from three main arenas: recent legal immigrants (many from Asia) who already have industrial sewing experience, but may struggle with the English language; former inmates just released from prison; and people graduating from drug and alcohol programs who often need to develop career workforce skills.

“Casco is a place where you can get a first or second chance to work,” said Mangold. “We’ll work with you and train you. I really feel my role in life is to provide jobs for others.”

 

NPUAP Changes Name to NPIAP

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced on Friday that it has changed its name to the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP).  They say that the new name reflects the future direction of the organization and a reaffirming of our commitment to adopt the internationally preferred term, pressure injury, in place of pressure ulcer.

Shelly Byington with her patient Mary.

How Casco’s Innovative Chair Pad Helped Heal Pressure Injuries for a Wheelchair-Bound Patient

Check out this article from Today’s Wound Clinic featuring our new Casco Prevention Chair Pad!

How an Innovative Chair Pad Helped Heal Pressure Injuries for a Wheelchair-Bound Patient.

Shelly Byington

Five Traits of a Mattress that Promotes Patient Healing

Casco has always been an innovator in soft goods manufacturing, holding the patent for the waterfall zipper innovation.  Furthermore, working with Shelly Byington has resulted in recommendations that help us continually improve the high quality of our mattress, stretcher pad and wheelchair pad lines.
Shelly Byington, R.N.WCC, Clinical Operations Director at Casco Manufacturing Solutions has worked with Casco for the past three years to help the soft goods manufacturer innovate and improve its line of C-Matt™ health care and institutional mattresses.
In an article published by Healthcare Business Today titled “Is Your Patient’s Mattress Healing Pressure Injuries—or Creating Them?”, Shelly states, “The very best quality mattresses are FDA-registered. Patient comfort, safety, infection control, and easy cleaning and maintenance are crucial to improving the comfort of these patients and speeding their recovery time.”
Click the link below to read the full article and learn more.

Is Your Patient’s Mattress Healing Pressure Injuries—or Creating Them?

Casco Manufacturing Solutions Selected as Finalist for Goering Center Family Business Division Award

In early 2018, Casco Manufacturing Solutions was nominated for the Goering Center Family and Private Business awards. We submitted our application in April and were notified in July that we were selected as an award semifinalist.

Casco is One of 75 Businesses To Be Recognized As Best in Class

Casco Manufacturing is a Semi-Finalist for the 19th Annual Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards.

As a semi-finalist, Casco will be further evaluated by an independent panel of judges who will be looking at the breakthroughs and accomplishments that distinguished their business – and the Cincinnati region – in 2018.

The 2018 Goering Center Family & Private Business Award winners will be announced at the awards gala this fall at the JACK Cincinnati Casino on September 11, 2018. This annual recognition program, in its 19th year, honors Cincinnati regional businesses that exemplify the best in family and private business practices. Each year nearly 500 businesses are nominated for these awards and from those nominees, 75 semi-finalists are selected.

Three awards will be presented in each of two divisions: family business and private business. Additionally, the 2018 Goering Center Hall of Fame winner and the Baldwin Volunteer of the Year will both be celebrated, and the Goering Center will recognize its second annual Rising Leader – one of nine emerging leaders who are shaping the future of Cincinnati businesses. The Goering Center will also pay special tribute to its founder and benefactor, John Goering.

Established in 1989, the Goering Center for Family & Private Business serves more than 400 members, making it the country’s largest university based educational non-profit for family and private businesses. The Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Affiliation with the University of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, provides access to a vast resource of business programing and expertise. Through this affiliation, Goering Center members receive real-world insights that enlighten, strengthen and prolong family and private business success.