Dealing with interruptions to the supply chain

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With spring getting close, it is easy to think of good times ahead. With so many current and potential disruptions to supply chain flows, it is critical to have backup plans in place to protect your customers. Such things as: disease epidemics, trade disputes, embargoes, labor strikes, wars, political events, severe weather destruction, equipment failures, […]

We Are a Fully RoHS-Compliant American Company

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Any North American company that wishes to be competitive in the early 21st century would do well to adopt RoHS compliancy. Now… just what, exactly, is “RoHS”? Good question. It’s an acronym that stands for “Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive”, a regulation adopted into law by the European Union in mid-2006. The resolution bans six […]

The Ins and Outs of Insourcing and Outsourcing

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There was a time not long ago when it seemed that every factory in the United States was doggedly determined to set itself up anew in China. After all, the price of labor was astronomically cheap; there were no OSHA requirements. As a result, our manufacturing sector took a monumental hit from which it is […]

How PMI Helped Save an Industry on the Brink of Disaster

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It’s not like we’ll ever go around wearing superhero capes here at our company, nor will we ever take principal credit for keeping the American RV industry from the edge of bankruptcy. But it has to be said, and accurately so, that when the Great Recession hit our shores in 2008, we played our part […]

More Flexible Options for Small- to Mid-Sized Businesses

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Since we’ve established our presence online, we’ve noticed a number of interesting trends as far as our new customer base. Not only have we observed how the web has improved our ability to reach out to and supply the needs of businesses operating further away from us than ever before, but we’ve also increased our […]

The Growth of Our Vendor Managed Inventory Program

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It began several decades ago, when big box vendors such as Wal-Mart found themselves running into difficulty when it came to stocking their entire inventory, not on account of a lack of goods, but rather on account of there being simply too many. The solution they pioneered, the vendor management system, revolutionized the way a […]

Cost-Effective Solutions to a High-Tech Problem

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One of the strengths with Production Materials is our ability to find ways of doing specialized jobs cost-effectively; ones that other component suppliers might sense as too costly to present their clients. Case in point: a prominent company involved in the grooming industry approached us about five weeks ago, and presented us with a complex […]