Do You REALLY know your costs?

January 3, 2019

We are hearing from people that are trying to enter a market with a new product or would like to outsource the production to a current WPMA member.  The preconceived idea is that this is what I can pay for the item based on what they think they can sell it for. Unfortunately these same people have mp  concept of what something costs.  Many times they are trying to get the item produced for less than the cost of the lumber utilized in the product. As companies are forced to run as lean as possible, it is often difficult to spend a lot of time with someone that does not understand costs.  This is a two edged sword for manufacturers as many times it is difficult to train and maintain a person that understands your costs and is able to offer a price on an item t...

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Not Asking Detailed Questions Could Have A Major Affect on Your Business

December 3, 2018

A member in PA recently brought a potentially crucial situation to our attention that could affect their business as well as that of a large number of our members.  Everyone realizes that being able to dispose of your wood waste (even at little or no profit) is critical to your business bein...

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What Can You Do To Attract Younger Workers and Improve Productivity

November 6, 2018

One of the most pressing problems for business owners today is the ability to recruit and retain quality employees.  In a recent visit  a variety of manufacturing facilities, it is amazing to learn how few companies value their current employees and refuse to rotate them to a different ...

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Why It Is Important To Turn Overstock And Surplus Items Into Cash Now

October 1, 2018

Now that summer is over and everyone is back to work this is the perfect time to help your business and your bottom line by turning surplus items into cash.

Most companies have conducted an inventory and have come up with a variety of "treasures" that the owner asks "where in the world di...

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How Are Log Exports to Asia Affecting Your Business

September 4, 2018

Americans have always looked to export logs to help increase the bottom line for their company.  In the past it was primarily a small number of high quality veneer logs that were exported.  All that changed a few years ago when the Chinese government made it illegal to harvest logs with...

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