Transportation & Logistics International 2018 - Volume 7, Issue - 56

MANUFACTURING

// Myers Container's leadership team includes
(from left) Dan Roth, Kyle Stavig, Christian
Stavig and Cody Stavig.

General Steel Drum LLC, a steel drum manufacturing
facility in Charlotte, N.C. General Steel Drum is one of
three manufacturing facilities owned and operated by the
company - the other two are located in Portland and City
of Industry, Calif. The company also operates steel drum

reconditioning and IBC/poly drum reconditioning plants
in Portland and a reconditioning facility in Hayward, Calif.,
for IBCs and steel and poly drums.
Myers Container manufactures drums on a just-in-time
basis. Customer orders are typically received three days
prior to production. "The products we make today will be
shipped by tomorrow," Stavig says. "Everything we do is
custom, and not stored in a warehouse."
The company's manufacturing processes include cutting, welding, forming, painting and coating. Drums move
along a conveyor line through each process. "We run our
equipment in a methodical manner, and make sure our
processes are aligned and robust," he adds.
After production, drums are placed immediately onto a
trailer and then shipped to customers. The company manages a fleet of 400 trailers it uses to deliver drums to customers as well as pick up drums for reconditioning. Myers
Container's delivery and pickup model differs by location,
since it uses both leased as well as outsourced trailers
and tractors. The company also employs its own drivers
and uses third-party drivers. "We constantly evaluate and
adjust our logistics model based on our service level and
cost," Stavig adds.
Staff Development
Sustainability is at the heart of Myers Container's manufacturing processes. The company reuses water generated
from its processes and collects and recycles most of the
raw materials it uses, among other practices. The company's sustainability practices have earned it awards from
state and industry organizations, including an Oregon
Governor's Award.
Myers Container's manufacturing staff is regularly
trained on ways to improve all of the company's processes.
The company's six facilities run a total of 36 one-week lean
events each year.
One recent event, in the Charlotte facility, focused on
ways to reduce scrap and safety incidents. As a result of
the training, the company increased its productivity and
reduced scrap and safety violations by 50 percent.
"Human development is the thing I'm spending most of
my time on," Stavig says. "We are taking our team members,
developing them and having them solve interesting problems.
"Our goal when we run a rapid improvement event is to
see positive change in our organization," he adds. "When
people see that they were able to take on a huge project and
make the company better, they talk to others, who then
want to be a part of these events."

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