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International

RefPlus Inc.

refplus says its success
depends on maintaining close
relationships with a core
group of suppliers.

equipment, for example," Cardinal says. "There are a lot of options
that you can add or remove and all
these options include the latest technologies available in the market."
The company's technical sales support team has intimate knowledge of
every product and technology available to assist customers in adding or
removing pieces, as well as the limitations, if any. Once the customer is
finished customizing their product,
the engineering department finalizes the design and produces a bill of
materials for production.
In the production department,
RefPlus operates a line for standard
equipment and another for custom
equipment. "We designed the plant
with our lean manufacturing consultants so that we have all the parts
available and close to the workers
on the line of production to increase
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efficiency," Cardinal says. "Three to
five weeks is the average turnaround
time for a customized product while
standard products are either stock
or can be turned around in a twoweek average."

Superior Materials and
Components
Maintaining close relationships with
a core group of suppliers is vital to
RefPlus' operation.
"In our modern society, refrigeration is very important. There is a lot
at stake if the equipment goes down,
so most of our customers are more
comfortable using equipment manufacturers that utilize only well-known,
best-in-class North American suppliers," Cardinal says. "Some of our competitors try to improve profitability by
outsourcing some of the key components in their equipment to relatively

unknown suppliers in low-cost producing countries. Our competitors are
large - they can afford to do that and
can deal with the consequences. As a
smaller company with a reputation
for superior equipment, we choose
to equip our units with higher quality
parts and components."
RefPlus's first-level suppliers produce components and stock them
in their warehouses for the company based on a forecast developed by
RefPlus and shared with suppliers to
meet production needs. This transparency and strong working relationships allow suppliers to approximate RefPlus' needs in advance. This
comes in handy during suppliers'
busy seasons, but also comes with
the understanding that raw material
and component needs can fluctuate.
RefPlus stocks components from
its second-level suppliers in its


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