A world-wide economic slowdown last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic was generally anticipated in the manufacturing industry, but for Flambeau it led to a rapidly increasing company-wide backlog of orders. Just months into the slowdown, Flambeau’s supply chain began to reach its limits, and demand for vital parts began to overwhelm supply. Flambeau addressed the backlog by adding presses to its arsenal, among other efforts towards overall improvement.
In Columbus, a new 750-ton press is primarily dedicated to specific proprietary products, including Flambeau Brute tool boxes, gun cases, and tackle boxes. In Madison, new 200-ton and 900-ton presses are utilized to increase production of a variety of stock and custom products for Flambeau’s fluids and packaging divisions. In Middlefield, three new presses ranging from 330- to 730-ton are primarily dedicated to manufacturing stock boxes and cases for Flambeau Outdoors, ArtBin and other packaging lines of products.
Flambeau's additional efforts include the implementation of several creative solutions to reduce backlog, such as 24-hour operations and new production scheduling methodology to improve forecasting practices and address various constraints on production.
Along with the further expansion of injection and blow molding at its several plants, Flambeau is implementing a modern, company-wide ERP system that will continually improve customer support and the company’s standing as a supply chain system.