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Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc.: 30 Years and Billions Saved and Deferred in Productivity Improvements
WWK Celebrates its 30th Anniversary Showcasing its Cloud-Based Productivity Tools
From its humble beginnings in the back of an insurance agency in Sacramento, California, to its current position as the world's leading operational cost management and productivity improvement software and consulting services firm, WWK has survived and flourished in the highly cyclical world of high-tech manufacturing to reach the increasingly rare event of a 30th anniversary.
WWK's initial focus was IC manufacturing and the supply chain of equipment and material suppliers. This expertise was recognized by SEMATECH, founded as a consortium of the largest U.S. semiconductor manufacturers and the U.S. government, by awarding WWK development contracts for a process equipment specification database and integrating it with the cost of ownership (COO) software.
The results of this work with SEMATECH led to WWK receiving the prestigious Texas Instruments Supplier Excellence Award. With regard to the award, Rob Simpson, Director of Capital Equipment Procurement for TI Worldwide Procurement and Logistics stated, "WWK impacted our business on a fundamental level."
As operational modeling was driven from the semiconductor manufacturers and into their supply base, WWK was chosen to be the "go to" company for support and training. WWK partnered with both SEMATECH and SEMI to provide worldwide workshops that continued for over 20 years.
Industries such as the nascent residential photovoltaic market needed to find a way to drive down costs in the hopes of competing with grid-based power. WWK has supported their efforts since the 1990's.
WWK's client base is not limited to traditional electronics markets. When the U.S. military was looking to meet the cost tracking requirements of the Government Accountability Office, they turned to WWK. Or when the U.S. military needed a vision system company to rapidly increase capacity, they brought in WWK to help ramp up their factory quickly and efficiently. And when an aerospace company had a multi-hundreds of millions of dollars backlog they couldn't address, WWK provided them an approach that added over $200M to their revenue in the subsequent year.
Of course, WWK would be here without the continued support of our clients who have shown unprecedented loyalty and without whom we would not have been able to stay on the path of continuous improvement. To our clients and friends, we thank you for the last 30 years and look forward to continuing to support your success well into the future.