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Always a good question. We are very conscientious about hiring and laying off. Good well trained personnel are a very valuable asset. Of course we are one of the few dolly companies that manufacture here. The rest come from China, have for over 12 years now. We subscribe to Port Reporting, this allows us to see exactly what our competitors are importing and how much. We have a pretty good idea of how big our market is. Around 45,000 tow dollies a year are sold in the US. The point of this in a moment.
The answer, no. We will not be laying off. If all we were trying to do was to fulfill existing orders and had no new business to fulfill then we might have to layoff. That is not the case. Under those circumstances we would not have hired new people to begin with. We need all our personnel to achieve our short and long term goals. Those being the following.
To be able to have standing crated product ready to ship the same day it is ordered.
To increase sales by having same day shipping available, about 40 additional dollies a month.
To triple production and sales volume.
The only way to possibly triple production is through automation. Automation will also give us a better finished product.
With a new manufacturing facility of course we would be buying very expensive machinery, land and buildings. This is also good for the economy.
This scenario would result in a staffing requirement of around 34 personnel being paid an average of $22.00 an hour. Eventually we would require a second shift. and more personnel.
We would not be cutting back, we would be adding. However our productivity ratio will go up significantly also.
Assuming all that works out in the end, and our productivity is what we believe it will be, it would also allow us to lower our price and capture even more market share thus driving the process even further.
Our goal is to capture a bigger market share of the 45,000 dollies sold annually. The demand is already in place, we just have to capture it.
That is probably more information, or a longer answer then you wanted…
The old poly ramps are made by a 3rd party vendor as car lift ramps and can be purchased separately if desired...but they caused an issue with tire spin during loading, so were replaced with the metal ones.
As a side note, I prefer the poly ramps. I stow the ramps in a bin to prevent theft or loss from a bumpy road. So, being poly, there is no damage to the bin walls during transit.
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (USCG Ret), Outlaw #1193