When CIT Inc. quickly went to work to make life-changing rapid response hospital beds to help in the COVID-19 crisis, they had a special weapon – a team.
Though CIT had the tools, skills and experience needed to get the job done, their work ethic and teamwork is what made this project so successful.
Kim Wuertemberger, the president of CIT, said that the team knew of the importance of the rapid response delivery date, so everyone carried out their responsibility flawlessly.
At CIT, employees embrace a “get it done” attitude. When something new comes their way, they are always ready to take it on. Over the years, they’ve improved processes so that they can be sure to offer their customer the best quality product. No task is a task too hard. CIT gets it done. They get it done together.
“Without top-notch people we would just be another average manufacturing facility,” Wuertemberger said.
When CIT received the hospital bed assignment, these top-notch people met together to come up with a game plan. The design team manipulated the design to work to our strengths for manufacturing. The entire CIT team discussed the required time line and gave responsibilities – the design team (who worked the weekend) would have to finish the design in 5 days, purchasing would work on getting material lined up and manufacturing engineering would need to have the fixtures in a matter of days.
Completing the entire process to have the hospital beds ready for shipment in just two weeks should have been next to impossible. But not for CIT.
“Our people have been the biggest reason for the success of this project and countless others that we have tackled,” Wuertemberger said.
With a great team and a strong work ethic, CIT isn’t just another manufacturing company. They’re a manufacturing company that can do almost anything for almost anyone. The specialized rapid response hospital beds are proof of that.
When coronavirus swept the nation, no one was truly prepared for the damage it would cause. As it spread, some lived in sickness while others lived in fear. Meanwhile, healthcare heroes worked endless hours to do all they could. So, when the healthcare workers needed help, CIT Inc. was there.
As more and more people in the United States fell ill, more and more hospital beds were needed. There just weren’t enough. Larger cities couldn’t give help to all who needed medical attention because the hospital bed shortage was real and serious. How could those patients get treatment when there is nowhere to put them?
CIT had the answer – A portable, versatile hospital bed. The team got to work designing and manufacturing a bed to meet the needs of the coronavirus crisis. They had one main goal in mind, to create a bed that would accommodate the overflow of patients while still offering the support of a traditional hospital bed. People needed the beds, and they needed them fast.
Standard business hours and days did not exist. The design and engineering team worked around the clock to get their product ready. The first bed was sent to be tested just one week after CIT received the assignment. The following week, shipments were ready.
The CIT team took their responsibility seriously. These beds weren’t just another project. They were an urgent, critical need. The country needed them. The healthcare workers needed them. The many patients needed them.
During the coronavirus crisis, many businesses have changed their ways to help make ends meet. But CIT didn’t change ways, they just fulfilled their duty – to provide a high-quality product in a short amount of time.
The client, Direct Supply, deserved the hospital bed they asked for. The sick deserved, and desperately needed, a place to rest and heal. Now, they have it. The CIT designed hospital bed has been important during these uncertain times. It helped eliminate the hospital bed shortage.
The CIT team didn’t just accomplish another task. They didn’t just create another innovative design and product. They helped save lives.
20 Apr 2020
Company goes from concept to first beds in 2.5 weeks
As coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly spreads throughout the United States, it is causing a shortage of hospital beds impacting the delivery of healthcare services in places like New York. This has highlighted the critical need to ensure plenty of capacity for COVID-19 intensive care patients. With a shortage of beds, a portable, rapid-response bed was needed to shore up shortages in health care facilities during a crisis like COVID-19.
Indiana-based CIT Inc. was contacted by Direct Supply to manufacture a portable, versatile hospital bed designed to accommodate an overflow of patients while offering the support of a traditional hospital bed. CIT designed the first prototype and rolling out the first of thousands of beds this week. The to-market process has taken two weeks to complete. The design and engineering team collaborated and worked around the clock to complete this process in record time.
“Normally this process takes eight to 12 weeks. We’ve done it in two weeks,” said Wuertemberger, founder of CIT. “To go from concept to manufacturing beds is pretty amazing.”
“I’m happy to keep our employees working to support medical services, so that emergency ‘healthcare heroes’ can have more beds for patients,” he said.
CIT is focused on design, prototyping, and manufacturing solutions for companies in aerospace, automotive, cab and canopy, material handling and medical industries. Learn more at c-i-t.com.
Direct Supply is an employee-owned company committed to Bringing What’s Next to Senior Health™ via world-class procurement, building management, care technology, and design and development solutions. Learn more at DirectSupply.com.
Recently, a CIT built cab was featured on the MCFA website and in Mystic Seaport’s video entitled “Mystic Seaport’s Long History with Lift Trucks.” Check out the video below to see a CIT cab in action.
08 Sep 2017
CIT has proven to be successful in creating the highest quality products for clients over the last 30 years. How do they do it? With a quality strategy that meets ISO requirements and puts clients first, as well as by implementing quality control strategies throughout the entire manufacturing process. These are the three key elements in CIT’s quality strategy.
CIT builds in quality up front with state of the art equipment and fixturing by setting and managing expectations from the very beginning of the production process. They also use reputable suppliers to purchase the needed materials for production of finished products.Through the use of the highest quality equipment, CIT sets great expectations for its products.
Aligning the team to objectives through one-on-one training
One-on-one training helps to not only create a solid, unified and well-informed team but also guarantees that employees are aware of objectives and expectations during the manufacturing process. CIT trains and properly instructs employees to assure that they understand the expectations of each component that they make.
Developing long term goals and metrics
During the design and manufacturing review meetings, CIT develops and plans the quality controls to be used during manufacturing. This method ensures that quality can be properly measured both throughout and after completion of the process.
CIT’s quality strategy creates results that benefit the customer above all. With this quality strategy in place, CIT customers can expect a higher, consistent quality of the products and services provided by CIT. This strategy also means that products come at a lower cost to customers and quality products are delivered on time and meet customer expectations.
01 Sep 2017
Whether it’s off-loading or outsourcing, there is an opportunity for outsourced tooling in the aerospace industry. OEMs are farming out a variety of tooling work. This opportunity comes with expectations, processes and standards that are beyond any industry CIT has ever worked with, requiring the utmost design, quality and expertise.
CIT’s interest in this highly advanced market fits with its capabilities to produce sophisticated tools and high end parts while being cost competitive at the same time. Large aerospace OEMs are looking to CIT because of our small size, competitive nature and talent to do the work faster, cheaper and better. This follows the business model that is prevalent in the automotive industry, with the obvious differences in scale.
CIT will work diligently to be the right supplier for the right aerospace companies where it can add the best value and create the best relationships.
25 Aug 2017
When there’s a need in the market, CIT looks to meet it.
There was a noticeable lack in the robotics market and instead of sitting by and letting someone else handle it, CEO Kim Wuertemberger decided his team would solve the problem and start creating robots of their own. CIT builds robots for several reasons: cost, custom application, efficiency for the client and offered flexibility.
From a cost standpoint as they surveyed the market, CIT couldn’t find anything to fit its needs and the cost was just too expensive. So, instead of outsourcing robotics, they designed and built their own at a more affordable price.
There’s a very specific need around the manufacturing of returnable shipping racks, cabs and liftgates and, at the time, there was nothing in the marketplace that was able to fit this need. By implementing custom robotics, CIT’s clients can now have their own individual needs met.
By implementing a robotics system, CIT is able to create efficiency for the client instead of having parts manufactured from several different places. By not outsourcing robotics, CIT is giving customers not only a more cost-effective solution, but a more efficient one as well.
Customer robotics systems allow CIT to give customers the flexibility to utilize robotics for racks or fully welded cabs.
CEO Kim Wuertemberger focuses primarily on the small details that help make the big picture happen within the company. When these small details come together, CIT is able to provide top-notch custom robotics that are cost-effective, efficient and flexibly offered.
“I’m basically a shop floor kind of guy,” Wuertemberger said. “You’re most likely to find me working with our team on process improvement or reverse engineering. I’m obsessed with the details of how things work with safety and efficiency, and of course, we have to think about profitability- not just our own, but our clients’ profitability. It’s this type of design and process thinking that has been at the heart of our success.”
15 Jul 2017
In case you missed it, CIT recently featured the cab that it produces for Mitsubishi at the CONEXPO Show.
According to Dave Mahan, Senior Program Manager, CIT’s cab is not like the rest of them.
“What’s really unique about this cab is that it’s comparable to a tilt cab except that both sides open completely. So you just have engage the latch on both sides in order to completely open the side panels in order to reach the engine,” Mahan said.
The way the side mechanism works, you can access the engine from either side of the cab. This slight distinction makes a big difference in the long run. It’s easier for maintenance departments to gain access to the engine this way, making repairs simple and the upkeep process smoother and more efficient.
This is a big win for the industry as CIT continues to showcase its ability to create innovative, cost-effective and quality cabs and other manufactured goods for the automotive industry.
For more information on our cab designs, read our “Cab Of The Future” roundup post here.
As CIT begins our 30th anniversary celebrations, we wanted to look back at our journey from a humble two person tool shop in Dayton, OH to now being a supplier for global brands such as Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Rolls Royce and Volvo.
Our extraordinary growth and success is in no small part due to the incredible vision, innovation and commitment of our team.
When faced with customer problems they’ve used innovation even if it meant breaking rules or straying from common industry practices.
That’s why our company philosophy is: Stay Customer Focused. Everyday.
It’s this simple phrase that drives us to put the customer first and solve problems with innovation. It’s also due to this philosophy that quality is a focus too.
Company culture is centered around this phrase: “Quality is our contract with you ensuring customer satisfaction.”
Today, CIT is one of the leading employers in Richmond, Indiana including 4 executive positions and 8 management positions.
As part of the accomplishments of the company, CIT has implemented a quality program which has reached compelling results.
“I started with CIT 9 years ago and could not believe the true team approach that existed,” Mike Owens, VP of Sales & Marketing, said. “Kim Wuertemberger and Mike Catey, the two principles of the company, truly have an open door policy and are willing to entertain any new idea or suggestion. The ‘can due’ spirit of CIT is direct reflection of culture that has been fostered here by the owners.”
As part of the evolution from tool shop to global brand supplier, it is worth noting the values of design and thought. CIT puts engineering to work to solve complex problems.
Whether it’s developing a custom built robot to a laser cutting system to other complex material handling systems, CIT has always focused on the customer needs. The company plans to grow by 20 percent over the next 18 months with plans to expand as well.
Our President Kim Wuertemberger is dedicated to being hands on and involved in all of the little details of the company.
“I’m basically a shop floor kind of guy. You’re most likely to find me working with our team on process improvement or reverse engineering,” Wuertemberger said. “I’m obsessed with the details of how things work with safety and efficiency, and of course, we have to think about profitability- not just our own, but our clients’ profitability. It’s this type of design and process thinking that has been at the heart of our success.”
CIT began as a small, two-person operation that specialized in light contract manufacturing in Dayton, Ohio in 1987.
A few years later, the company relocated to the “L” Street facility in Kim’s hometown of Richmond, Indiana where they began expanding their service offerings to include the manufacturing of containers for the Automotive industry and custom shipping racks.
Due to its continued impressive growth, the company is now in an 118,000 square foot facility. CIT’s services now also include the manufacturing of medical tables, lift gates and CAB enclosures.
The CIT story is one that truly embodies the American ideals of constant creation, small business, free enterprise and inventiveness.
Here’s to 30 years of innovation at CIT.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating our accomplishments from the past 30 years as we acknowledge our prior achievements and look to the future to provide more products of the highest quality and continue to revolutionize the industry.
15 Jun 2017
An interview with CEO Kim Wuertemberger recently appeared in Construction In Focus Magazine. Wuertemberger discusses the history of CIT, the products CIT offers and the company today. You can read the interview below.
The following was originally printed in Construction In Focus Magazine.
CIT lets you see the future NOW!
Kim Wuertemberger started CIT 30 years ago in 1987 with a burning desire to give his very best. Whether it has been adding new technologically, advanced machinery, hiring the most talented people possible, identifying and delivering what customers are looking for, Kim and CIT have unwaveringly pursued a vision of even greater customer satisfaction.
Q: Tell us a little about the company, a brief history of CIT and an overview of your business today.
A: I started the business in 1987 in Dayton Ohio as a small tool shop, a “garage” operation with two people. A few years later I moved the business to my home city of Richmond, Indiana to cut down on my drive time and increase my actual work time. In 1997, I decided I needed some additional help so I brought on a partner as Vice President with a vision for expansion into the returnable shipping rack business for automotive. This move started our advancement into other areas and today we are a full blown Contract Manufacturer of many products.
Q: Tell us about the company’s products.
A: We still have our own in-house tool shop but we utilize all of its capacity for our own needs. We design and manufacturer customer Cab solutions for OEM equipment manufacturers. This includes Cabs for the Industrial, Construction and Material Handling industries. Our first large production product was returnable steel shipping racks and containers for the automotive industry. CIT has become known for our ability to be very successful at producing the most complicated of shipping racks. The newest product that we produce are hydraulic lift gate components for the second largest lift gate manufacturer in the world. CIT also produces medical therapy tables for the physical therapy market and ship them all over the world. Lastly we do tooling (engine shipping containers) for the Aerospace industry, so you can see that we have become extremely diversified over the years. We are constantly looking to expand our opportunities with our current customers as well as expanding into new markets.
Q: How can our readers find out more about your company?
A: Call us, we love to talk to folks about their needs and how we can help them. You can also visit our website, www.c-i-t.com or even better stop by our booth at ConExpo, C22621 and meet us face to face. Please come by, we can show you the future!