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 […]

Coming Soon to a Cornfield Near You – Electric Tractors

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Diesel-electric powered machines have acquired, by now, a long history. Diesel-electric technology has been incorporated everywhere from locomotives (making them more fuel efficient) to submarines (making them quieter and harder to detect by sonar). But now it seems that diesel-electric power is coming to America’s heartland in the form of diesel-electric powered tractors. Photo from […]

IKEA and the Future of Electroless Plating for the Solar Industry

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IKEA, the $29 billion-per-year home furnishings juggernaut, announced recently it would install a solar array on the rooftop of its Bloomington, MN location (see article). While industry experts estimate that the level of solar power generated by the new rooftop will be equivalent to the electricity requirements of a mere 112 homes, all the same, […]

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 […]

A Look at Farm Industry News and its Holiday Farm Photo Contest

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Whoever said Santa has to ride around on a sleigh? Folks, this is the Midwest. The way we see things out here, he’d probably feel more comfortable driving a red-nosed John Deere through a field of scraggly corn. As December keeps wagging along, and that prairie wind we’ve all grown to love starts gearing into […]

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