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Local supplier helps keep Bosch Rexroth orders error-free through kitting operation

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Goodwill employee Charles (Charlie) Bickel assembles parts kits for Bosch Rexroth.

To keep customer start-ups on track and to avoid assembly delays Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Bethlehem, PA, and Goodwill Keystone Area, Allentown, PA, team up to keep orders error-free.

(Bethlehem, PA – ) To ensure that sales orders always arrive at a customer’s location with the required installation hardware, such as bolts, washers and seals, Bosch Rexroth worked closely with Goodwill Keystone Area (Goodwill) to develop a new “kitting” system. The loose hardware components that are typically delivered with Rexroth’s hydraulics products are now pre-assembled into kit packages that can easily be included with customer shipments, eliminating the possibility of parts shortages and potential downtime issues.

From its Bethlehem campus, Bosch Rexroth manufactures hydraulic components and systems used in construction and agricultural mobile equipment, machine tools, presses, plastics machinery, die casting, marine and offshore, pulp and paper, test machinery, and other specialty machinery.

“After a thorough supplier analysis and site review, we determined that Goodwill had what we were looking for. The spirit and professional approach displayed by their workforce confirmed to us that an efficient solution could be provided by Goodwill,” said Pete Sovia, Direct Material Buyer, Bosch Rexroth Corporation. To prove that they could handle the job, Goodwill provided 100 sample kits that were assembled on time and with perfect quality.

To date, the full outsourcing of three different kit assemblies, totaling more than 2,000 pieces, has been processed flawlessly by Goodwill. Additionally, the final kits assembled by Goodwill are returned in Bosch Rexroth storage containers which are then delivered directly back to the product stocking area, eliminating any extra handling by Bosch Rexroth and streamlining the whole process. And most importantly, Bosch Rexroth customers receive the product without any missing pieces.

Greg Cunningham, Director of Goodwill’s Allentown facility said, “Goodwill Keystone Area is proud to partner with Bosch Rexroth in supporting their kitting operation. The work opportunities provided acknowledge the value Bosch Rexroth places on utilizing the talents of people who have disabilities, or other barriers to employment, to contributing to their mission and to ours. The work that Bosch Rexroth provides gives our client trainees a sense of dignity and self-worth that comes with being productive. We extend our appreciation and recognition of Bosch Rexroth as a world-class company for helping those we serve to live, to work and to enjoy life in our community.”

About Bosch Rexroth:

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, roughly 36,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.7 billion euros ($7.6 billion) in 2013. To learn more, please visit

About Bosch:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($61.2 billion.) (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information is available online at , and

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. For more information, please visit , and

About Goodwill Keystone Area:

Goodwill Keystone Area is a non-profit organization. Goodwill collects and sells donated items in 40+ stores and donation centers in 22 counties in central and southeastern Pennsylvania to help people with disabilities and other barriers become more independent and connected to the community. Many of the programs and services focus on job training and supportive services for employment. We believe that work has the power to transform lives and build community. To learn more, please visit:


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