Our 40th Anniversary
THE EVOLUTION OF DAMAN—PART I
Armed with only a high school education, a sharp engineering mind and a desire to build a better product, Jack Davis, a man with no manufacturing experience, embarked on a business venture that would eventually become a leading hydraulic valve manifold company and an inspirational model for other manufacturing companies throughout the U.S.
While working for Neff Engineering, selling hydraulics, a distributor made Jack aware of the need for higher quality custom manifolds that would be delivered on time. In 1976, the Mishawaka native and his son Larry, who left college and his job in construction to join him, founded Daman Products. >>Read More
THE EVOLUTION OF DAMAN—PART II
A Cultural Conversion
1997 was a year of tremendous change at Daman. Construction was beginning on their new 45,000+ square-foot headquarters and manufacturing plant in the 1800 block of Home Street. At the same time, knowing there was a drastic need to change the way they were doing business, the executive team took a giant leap of faith. They made the ultimate decision to embrace a concept inconceivable to them, known as LEAN, introduced to them by Doug Atkin of Crowe Chizek, Daman’s accounting firm. Little did they know that LEAN would be the catalyst to start a cultural conversion at Daman. >>Read More