Take Control of your Daily Operations to Bring Back the American Manufacturing Sector

With all the conversation going on about a potential return to strength for the US Manufacturing industry, I found a point of contention and formed a rebuttal to a post by Thomas C. Gibson of Kennett Square, Pa., a retiree from marketing management at DuPont Co. on the www.delawareonline.com website.

Here are some snippets from his post:

“We have become so immune to seeing labels such as “Made in China” and “Made in Indonesia” on the products we buy that we accept them as the norm. We welcome the lower prices of the imports as a good thing; forgetting about the huge unemployment costs that result.”

“In the New York Times recently, Joseph Murray and Lee Sands, former chief China negotiators in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, suggested we should try to solve the huge trade problem with China (which accounted for 64 percent of our deficit in September) by encouraging Chinese companies to build factories in the U.S. to make the products now being exported.”

“The reality, however, is that for the next 10 years or longer, there are many millions in our work pool who are only equipped to make things like automobiles, appliances, furniture, television sets, computers, telephones, shoes, textiles and clothing.

Until we create a trade environment where industries like these are again able to thrive in the U.S., we can count on growing lines seeking unemployment checks.”

He’s right. We do have to take control of bringing back our manufacturing, but the answer is not just in controlling the trade relations.

While I do agree to some extent that we have allowed some of the decline of our once powerful manufacturing sector, international trade is not the only Achilles heel we face. To bring about a real and permanent change within our manufacturing plants, the industry experts need to look into our active manufacturing plants to see where the drags are in profitability causing needs for reductions in workers or quality in our production lines.

A very Real Solution is in our Hands, Right Now

While importing is a concern, manufacturing executives have a very real ability to redefine their business technology and day to day operations to build up their staffing capabilities, production quality and profitability on their own.

Implementing the latest CRM technology is a simple first step for any manufacturing plant to help simplify their customer relationship management as well as tightly integrate powerful reporting and marketing tools to the benefit of the plant. Staff time can be saves, freeing up funds for higher quality tools or materials, or increasing staff volume to improve end-production times.

Employing a business consultant to assess every aspect of a plant’s day to day management, record keeping, and data management and tracking processes takes a view of every step of the day to day work done in the plant on all levels.  This means interviews with staff working in the administrative, technical and production areas of a company. In depth meetings with the executives and department heads to discuss the results of those interviews followed by a rebuilding of the business architecture from the ground up.

The goal of a business consultant working within a plant environment? To redefine the work done on all levels to remove the drags on costs and production, staff and profits to being about effective and permanent change that will ensure a better future for the plant.

Using the mentioned tools, it is possible to revive the manufacturing sector, trade regulations or no, one plant at a time.

Contact a business consultant at E3 Consulting Partners today to begin the discussion and rebuilding process that could have your company seeing a larger silver lining by mid-year.

From us to you, a happy and prosperous 2011!


About e3consulting

Welcome to E3 Consulting. As proven experts implementing the latest CRM, ERP and Accounting Software in the Manufacturing and Distribution industries, we have made it the goal of our business to help our clients obtain the bottom line results their individual companies require. Educate, Enable and Empower For companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries, the ability to simplify their business operations is vital to their ability to succeed. E3 Consulting will provide the consultation; technology and the project management tools that companies need to improve their business processes and their bottom line. What We Do Does your company need a revamp of existing business systems? Do you have a technology project that is going beyond time and over budget? Are your costs out of control and productivity lagging? When you contact E3 Consulting, we take a hard look at the reality of your business operations and break it out into segments, to find out which aspects of your business process workflow need attention and which are working as they should be. It is our intent to look at your operations, your accounting, your workflow and your technology and create a cohesive plan that will have your business running effectively and efficiently. Our Process Every company runs differently, and it is those processes specific to your business combined with your workflow goals that give the staff at E3 Consulting the canvas we need to use our long history of business development, project management and technology to map out the path your company needs to follow to improve your bottom line. Think of your business like a lego block structure. Each block that is missing reduces the stability of your company. We can look at your overall operations and use our knowledge of the marketplace cutting-edge technologies to find the blocks that are missing from your overall business concept. We will introduce the right technology tools to improve your operations, and then continue in a project management position as necessary to ensure ongoing smooth operations. Our Experience E3 Consulting has a long and successful history of project management, business operations consultation and technology implementation and management within Manufacturing, Distribution, Service, Healthcare, Finance and Accounting businesses. Principal, Brad Tornberg, is a successful technical and business expert with an MBA in Finance from Farleigh Dickinson University and. He holds Microsoft Certifications for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) sales, implementation and training. He also has a series 6 and series 66 securities license and a New Jersey Life and Health License. He is well published having written many articles for The Practica
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