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lutter. Claustrophobia. Continual
need for more storage.
Those are possible hazards of
working out of a physically small
marine fabrication shop. Yet it's
understandable that many fabricators choose
to house their companies in conservatively
sized spaces to better control overhead costs.
Keeping small shops organized can require
planning and extra patience; often, staff have
to carefully move tools, materials and work
spaces around just to accommodate ongoing
projects. But having the right strategies for the
right workfl ows can be crucial to productivity,
profi tability and worker well-being.
To learn how fabricators are dealing with such
challenges, we talked to three who are successfully
operating out of modestly sized shops.
Like a little ballet
Two years ago, Shawn James sought to move
his then two-year-old marine fabrication shop
from his home to a commercial marina in
Annapolis, Md. But he needed manageable
overhead, and rent at the busy marina was
pricey. So, he decided to be fi scally cautious.
The result? Back Creek Canvas now operates
successfully in just 600 square feet of marina
space-80 feet of which make up his offi ce.
To kick off the process, he created a detailed
schematic plan aimed at optimizing all available
space for his three-person staff. The plan used
paper cutouts to represent major fi xtures, and
it helped him predict in-house traffi c patterns.
" If we had more than three workers, it would
be too tight, " James says. " But one of the three of
us is sewing, while the other two are patterning
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