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Shop Talk Business
and order the material, so as the monthly
payments come in during the winter
months, they can be used to cover the
costs of operating the business and wages.
" Our clients like
spreading out
the cost over
time, and we like
having a steady
cash fl ow. "
Adapting processes to winter work
Having a proven winter-project system
has actually made the winter months
our busiest season. We have clients
who plan ahead and seek out the
winter-project package, and because
our winter months are so busy, we
can now enjoy the summer months
ourselves by reducing our hours and
enjoying our own boating pursuits.
To accommodate our busy winterproject
season, we have had to make
some changes to the shop and to our
work processes. We now plan for storage
of fi nished goods that can't be installed
until the warmer weather arrives. We have
developed a system of storage carts that
can hold rolled and secured enclosure
panels, vertical hanging slots for rigid
panels, and a shelf for fi nished biminis
and similar components.
Another benefi t of this system is
that with the extended production
timelines, we can group our production
so that we set up projects that are
all the same color. This allows us to
order full rolls rather than cut yardage,
which offers cost savings, and we work
with the same thread color, zipper
selection, etc., which allows us to get
better materials pricing and speeds up
production as there is less machine
changeover and setup as colors change.
Make the idea work for you
There are companies that offer to
fi nance projects for your clients, but we
have found that keeping the process inhouse
gives the client confi dence and is
easier for us to manage. Depending on
the length of the winter in your area, or
lack of winter altogether, this payment
system concept may need adjustment
to work with your business. Adapt it to
suit your needs and your clients' needs,
and market it to your customers. Growing
your off-season business can reduce
the pressure on the main season.
One of the added perks of our winter
Market Place
MARINE CANVAS BUSINESS FOR SALE
Successful SC business located in the center of
10 marinas along a 5 mile stretch of the ICW.
Current lease has us overlooking the water at a
dry stack facility housing 200 boats. Owners are
happy to assist in transfer of our large customer
base of this high-end, custom shop.
Interested parties may call 843-957-6611.
payment program and strong off-season
production is that we are busy installing
into late May and don't have to fi ght
with the challenging spring weather to
pattern new projects. We begin patterning
outdoor projects again in June, which
means the weather has settled, it is warm
and we're happy to be outside.
Jeff Newkirk, MFC, is the owner of Precision
Custom Canvas Inc., located in St. Catharines,
Ont., Canada. He has been a canvas and
upholstery fabricator since 1997 and started
Precision Custom Canvas in 2014. The company
has grown from a home-based business, to a
2,500-square-foot shop and showroom in 2016,
and to 5,000 square feet in 2022.
For more information on classified advertising in ATA's Marine Fabricator.
Contact: Michelle Cook, +1 651 225 6957, michelle.cook@textiles.org
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