We all grapple with outsourcing. Should we farm it out? Or keep it in-house and reap all the benefits? But it's not always a simple thumbs up or down decision.
In this free webcast (originally broadcast April 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. CT), Northern Contours' Lary Skow and Drawer Connection's Steve Harmon will list the criteria for deciding whether to make or buy wood components.
Outsourcing can make it easier to keep up with the latest trends in color, texture and materials. And for components made infrequently, or requiring specialized equipment, the cost to produce it can be higher inside than buying it outside. If your supplier provides quality and consistency, outsourcing can mean zero waste.
What you'll learn:
• How to evaluate and track supplier quality
• What payment terms can you negotiate
• What are the signs a supplier isn't right?
• How to simplify material logistics in your shop
Who should attend:
• Cabinet Shop Owners
• Furniture Manufacturers
• Moulding & Millwork Shops
• Door Manufacturers
For those of you not familiar with the Minnesota-based company, Northern Contours is a product leader specializing in components for the kitchen, bath and home organization markets, with six manufacturing locations and 393 employees. As president, Lary brings with him more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing environments in the areas of sales, marketing, and product development.
President & CEO
Based in Mesa, AZ, Drawer Connection manufactures custom drawers and drawer boxes, using dowel, dovetail and box-joint construction. Drawer Connection has been serving custom cabinetmakers and the commercial cabinet industry since 1997.
Bill Esler is responsible for coordinating all content for Wood Products, Custom Woodworking Businesss, and Closets magazines, WoodworkingNetwork.com, and related newsletters. He also chairs the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee, the woodworking industry education advocacy arm of WCA.