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As rival textile producers move their operations overseas to save money, W.L. Gore is staying put in the U.S. Its competitive advantage? Democracy.

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W.L. Gore Base Case Headquarters: 555 Papermill Rd., Newark, DE 19711
Phone: (410) 506-7787
Business: Manufacture of Specialty Fabrics. Expertise in Fluorocarbon Polymers, Which Resist Wind and Rain. Financials: the Privately Held Company Reports That Its Annual Revenue Is in Excess of $1.5 Billion. Challenges: Grow Revenue and Profitability, Against Low-Cost Labor and Technical Efficiency of Plants Run by Textile Makers in Asia and Other Parts of the World. Support a Highly Collaborative and Distributed Workforce.
Baseline Goals

  • Maintain double-digit sales growth, which brought annual revenue to $1.6 billion in 2004, from $1.2 billion in 2002.
  • Create a single "process control" language for engineers operating in four divisions on three continents.
  • Uphold financial independence, remaining one of the nation's 200 largest privately held companies, as ranked by Forbes.


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John writes the Contract Watch column and his own column for the Channel Insider.

John has covered the information-technology industry for 15 years, focusing on government issues, systems integrators, resellers and channel activities. Prior to working with Channel Insider, he was an editor at Smart Partner, and a department editor at Federal Computer Week, a newspaper covering federal information technology. At Federal Computer Week, John covered federal contractors and compiled the publication's annual ranking of the market's top 25 integrators. John also was a senior editor in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Computer Systems News.

 
 
 
 
 



















 
 
 
 
 
 

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