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couldn't do it fast enough. With so
many issues with the supply chain
in general due to the pandemic, we
realized that we needed to take control
of our destiny on this product line. "
About three years ago, Bircher had
run some numbers about bringing
that type of work in-house, so when
this situation hit, she had already done
some homework. But Bircher also
realized she could use some help. " So
many people don't invest in facilities
in the supplier world. Having someone
start something new is very rare, " she
says. So she turned to a consultant in
the narrow weaving world and decided
now was the time.
" We purchased a building in North
Carolina so we could have the skillset
to help run the facility; there are more
qualified workers there than in Ohio, "
she says. " We bought looms, and we
bought a heat range. "
The facility was almost complete by
the end of March, according to Bircher,
and she's already convinced she made
the right decision.
" Are there issues? Sure, " she says.
" But we're a lot more efficient, a lot
more productive and we gain margin
from manufacturing ourselves.
Nobody cares more about your
product than you do manufacturing
yourself. Our only customer is us.
That makes it a whole lot easier. "
Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer based
in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
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