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SUPPLY PROBLEMS
AND
chief operating officer, said his goal
for the firm (now 101 years old) " was
to spread our wings and develop a
little more stable business platform
by slowly introducing more
STAFFING ISSUES
n the current business environment, some challenges are unique
to the military disaster/relief shelter industry. But many are the
same issues facing all kinds of businesses across the globe.
" In the past, you'd have people lining up out the door for a
job, " says James Maurer, chief operating officer at Dynovis Inc.
in Fairfield, Va. " You didn't have to worry about that piece of it.
But now it's a real factor. "
According to Maurer, Dynovis has dealt with the issue by raising
I
some rates, increasing the flexibility of employee schedules and
focusing efforts to retain trained staff.
On top of that, says Maurer, the company is dealing with the
same transportation problems that have been front-page news for
the past several months. " We're constantly looking at whether we
can get stuff in and out, and whether we can even get materials.
You just have to roll with the punches.
" Now the bubble is the supply chain, " says Jeff Grieshop,
president of Celina Tent Inc. in Celina, Ohio. " Anybody who was
buying from China now can't get product because of the containers.
We have orders we can't get out because of lack of materials.
" Prior to 2019, you just took some things for granted, such
as getting skids or packaging materials, " says Grieshop, " but
not anymore. "
With the difficulties fielding a complete workforce, Outdoor
Venture Corporation (Stearns, Ky.) Chief Executive Officer J.C.
Egnew worries about the possibility that defense contractors
might be required by presidential mandate to have all employees
vaccinated or offer weekly testing. " That would really cripple the
defense industrial base, especially small business, " he says.
" It would put a lot of people on the sidelines. "
commercial products. "
" The COVID situation really amped
us up and we were able to really build
commercial business with a lot of good
sales, primarily for mobile hospitals, "
he says. " We were developing 100-bed
mobile hospitals using our connectivity
technology with our tent and hub
systems, creating treatment wards for
either COVID or for things displaced
by COVID. "
Riffle says Camel can now provide
a full range of tents for first responders,
search and rescue operations, all the
way up to a basic hospital.
" The supply chain got pretty darn
weak, but we had planned ahead
to a certain extent and actually had
inventory on hand when the pandemic
hit, " explains Riffle. " We were able to
shift from a Department of Defense
workload to a mobile hospital
workload. We were in kind of a perfect
storm of events, allowing us to grow
the commercial side of our business,
which more than doubled. "
As much as tent materials evolve,
says Riffle, more attention is being paid
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to rapid deployment characteristics.
" The products need to go up and
come down faster with plug and play
mentality, lighting already installed
into liner system and more durability, "
he says. " Durability in wind-whipped
areas of the world is important too.
Being able to put up a tent regulate its
temperature with the lowest amount of
energy required, is a big deal as well. "
" There are a lot of things that
require our attention, " says Maurer.
" You just have to be on the ball. "
Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer based
in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
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