Will New Trucking Regulations Eliminate Lean Manufacturing in Woodworking Plants?

July 16, 2018

Over the last 20 years woodworking facilities have worked extremely hard to implement Lean Manufacturing in order to improve efficiency, eliminate waste, and improve delivery and profitability.  Besides changing the mind-set of employees, one of the key components of Lean Manufacturing is just in time delivery of raw materials. Up until recently this was not a major concern.  In 2018 Obama mandated regulations became effective which requires truckers to use an Electronic Log for all time spent driving.  This mandate has removed thousands of trucks from the roads, reduced the number of hours that a person may drive, and caused rates to increase 400-500%.  The biggest concern is that now instead of taking a few days to find a truck and have a load of lumber pic...

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Today's Customer

July 16, 2018

The customer of today is much different than they were ten years ago. In the past your customer would place an order for six months of product along with release schedules.  Today it is much different.  Due to different marketing techniques and cash flow restrictions today's customer is...

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ARE YOU AN EMPLOYER THAT SOMEONE WOULD COME TO WORK FOR?

April 30, 2018

A large percentage of the phone calls we are receiving are from employers who are having difficulty hiring and retaining qualified employees.  In addition to wages being offered, many owners are at a loss regarding what else they have to offer a potential employee.

Long gone are the...

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How Are Domestic Markets Changing?

April 9, 2018

With the virtual elimination of credit lines, many manufacturers are being forced to operate on cash flow which has dramatically reduced the size of orders placed with suppliers.  Companies may have increased the frequency that they order, but much smaller orders have forced companies to re-...

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How Demand for Products in China that are Manufactured with American Red Oak May Affect Your Business

March 1, 2018

The Government banning the harvest of timber in China, coupled with a huge increase in demand for products manufactured from American hardwoods, has placed a strain on the availability of logs for US sawmills. Demand increases outpaced production increases in 2017 and that gap will likely widen t...

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