CURT Manufacturing, a trailer hitch manufacturer based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin had a vision to optimize its 150,000 square foot manufacturing plant, and fast. The…
A seasoned manufacturer of upset and press forgings was growing beyond capacity. Sales were four times what they were eight years ago and steadily rising. The manufacturer needed to increase production output to meet projected demand.
IPM was engaged to evaluate the feasibility of expanding operations at the manufacturer’s existing site, which would include an assessment of capital expenses, shop floor layout, and material flow.
Optimal Recommendation Rationale
IPM thoroughly analyzed each alternative and selected an optimal solution based on:
IPM exceeded the client’s expectations with a plan that was cost-efficient, optimized for material flow, and could be executed in a timely manner. It would significantly improve manufacturing operations and provide a foundation for the manufacturer to meet projected product demand. The VP of Operations noted that IPM’s solution was not obvious to the team, however, because IPM educated the company throughout the analysis, the team is confident in the recommendation.
— Published November 25, 2013