Drummond, I have known Todd for years and have watched as he
slowly grew his
consulting business into a major player in our industry.
has a luxury that very few people have.
has not only been in dozens of truss plants, he
has had the opportunity to watch, listen and learn in every one of them.
This is invaluable in itself and something a business owner would never have the time to do.
The other side of the coin is, Todd
has extensively studied Lean Manufacturing and been very progressive about understanding how best to implement lean principles in a component operation.
I hired Todd's services in 2013.
process was all encompassing and included almost every aspect of the business.
did a great job covering every aspect of the process, while using lean principles as the foundation.
I was pleased with everything.
went over best practices and lean principles related to our location.
gave us some great advice and input.
One of the most powerful things was the power point presentation Todd
left with us.
This is invaluable when trying to work with and train your people.
When we are ready to upgrade a part of our business, we refer to the TDC presentation to help keep us on track and make sure we are always thinking lean!
has watched and done time studies on almost every piece of equipment in our industry.
, you are becoming known as the next go to guy after John Houlihan and Don Ullmer.
To validate, provide new ideas, and possibly increase the effectiveness of these practices, InteFrame
looked to Todd Drummond
methods for training led our group down a path that touched on every aspect of our business.
The consultation not only looked at the manufacturing area, but focused attention on our sales, design, and accounting methods.
The daily routine was divided with the mornings being utilized as Todd's
"fact finding" time of our company's practices.
The afternoons were constructed of training sessions that were serious and methodical, all being guided by Todd's understanding of the fact finding session from earlier in the day/week.
Todd's insights and suggestions were based upon his
assessments of our company's practices and performance, as well as being guided by best practices he
has observed through the numerous other consultations he
has been a part of.
The end result is our company has a much clearer understanding of areas we can improve.
Todd's consultation confirmed some of our own ideas and challenged us with new ones enriching our internal processes and creating better efficiencies.
challenged us he
provided the why, how, and what to successfully complete and implement the change.
Through better management practices, guided by Todd
, our company was able to increase capacity in our manufacturing area.
provided us with a much needed fresh prospective in every area of our company.
Every component manufacture looks to their plate/equipment supplier to help them solve some particular area of their production, like a new saw or table.
was able to look at our existing equipment, explain how to get more with what we have without changes, or modify what we have to get even more and finally recommend different types of new equipment purchases to get the most for our money.
gave us multiple alternatives with different level of risk and potential gains.
Ultimately, we were presented with multiple clear, concise options, for all departments that covered the both ends of the monetary spectrum.
This pleased us to no end.
What most people fail to understand, and we were no different, was all the other aspects of our business that Todd
was able to help us with.
Everything from system processes, staffing, wage and incentive issues were all discussed with viable solutions.
methods of instructions laid out a very clear and methodical process to allow us proper prospective and a viable roadmap to help resolve many our most pressing issues.
Once again he
clearly showed us multiple alternatives on how to get more with what we already have but with less effort.
So I hired Todd
to do just that and I was very pleased.
touched on every area of the business and was always relating it to lean practices.
I have sometimes found that lean principles were good in theory but hard to put into practice.
was able to do just that by making it very specific for all areas with a common-sense approach.
My manufacturing operation is now producing at a higher rate with a lower cost of labor using these principles.
showed us that just because we were keeping busy did not mean we were being as productive as we should have been.
All of his
suggestions for manufacturing were real eye-openers that helped us keep the big picture in mind.
We initially engaged Todd
to introduce and implement lean manufacturing methods that would help us streamline our manufacturing and business processes.
brought much more!
possesses analytical horsepower particularly strong knowledge about component manufacturing equipment and current best practices in our industry.
emphasizes a common-sense approach with plenty of real-world applications.
We have implemented several of Todd's suggestions in our manufacturing processes and our business processes.
In addition, he
helped us plan and implement a relatively modest capital equipment investment that will help us dramatically increase our production capacity!
was well worth our investment in his
So in the midst of automating our plant and updating our production/design practices we chose to contact Todd
Without a doubt we made the right decision to hire Todd Drummond
, and once fully implemented, we have no doubt that United Truss will reach heights we had never thought possible under our old regime.
Our entire staff, encompassing our production and design staff as well, were both impressed and thankful for the ideas and instructions that Todd
brought to the table.
I hired Todd
at the very beginning of the planning process to help create a plant with high growth potential and minimal startup costs.
Also, to implement the latest best practices, which he
knows so well.
Knowing I was creating a more competitive market.
The biggest thing I wanted to get right was our labor costing and pricing of our work orders.
was able to provide labor calculations based on time and motion studies that we were able to plug right into our truss engineering software.
All the labor estimations were dependent on our equipment types, material size and number of crew performing their assigned task.
Not only did Todd show us how to properly set up our labor, he
also showed us a much better way to price our work orders.
spent a week explaining these and training our group, I am very pleased with what we learned.
was very methodical and thorough with all the different aspect of operations.
Manufacturing, design, sales and administration issues were all covered in the training, which gave us a clear roadmap to follow.
The old mentality of "This is how it has always been done" among members of our group was challenged again and again by the common-sense lean manufacturing best practices that Todd
has created over the years.
This was not enough for our needs, so we sought advice from Todd
for an overall assessment, as well as options with which to improve our methods.
If you think that the process of manufacturing wall panels cannot be elevated beyond the use of common methods, you would be mistaken.
showed us a far better system for increasing capacity in the same manufacturing floor space while reducing manpower (yes, it is possible).
also showed us other ways to improve just about every other area in our company.
training method for lean manufacturing emphasizes a common-sense approach with plenty of real-world applications that we implemented in the office and within the manufacturing process.
also revealed the most practical potential sales growth beyond wall panels and suggested ways in which we can plan for that in line with our core strengths.
Take my word, Todd
was certainly worth the investment.
We decided to call in Todd Drummond
to take a fresh look at our operations and to make suggestions on what we should change.
took a straightforward and professional look at what we were doing and how we were doing it.
Although I was originally troubled by his
analysis, I quickly realized it was what the company needed to make a positive change.
I kept seeing Todd Drummond's
newsletters and had spoken with him over the years, however money was tight and the cost seemed prohibitive.
I finally took the chance and invested in
Todd's lean manufacturing consulting services.
I wish I had hired him the minute I decided I was starting my own company.
Every area from the equipment types, equipment layout, bidding methods, labor estimations and office practices were covered by Todd
advice covered a great deal more than just the manuf