calls himself a consultant but he
is really a "truss guy".
He has experience in design, sales and a deep knowledge of lean manufacturing.
knowledge with our experienced team got us a gross margin increase within the first 3 weeks.
reviewed our production processes and procedures.
helped us match up some of our skill sets with our different production equipment, we began seeing our production increase daily.
We asked Todd
to come in our business for a fresh look at our processes.
We got an experience that improved every facet of our facility and team.
I originally was going to comment, "I didn't want any of my competitors to call Todd Drummond
We had Mr. Drummond
at our facility and must say, what an experience!
We had been struggling to turn a profit since we opened in 2008.
After spending a week with our people, we are well on our way!
Thank you Todd!
provided us with time standards that were specific to the equipment that we use.
There are no words to express how thankful we are that we chose to start changing our business with assistance from Todd Drummond
The moment he
walked through our doors, he
immediately began to gain our trust and open our eyes to the areas upon which we needed to focus our attention.
The training and knowledge we received from Todd Drummond far exceeded any and all of our expectations.
Our company had some good fundamentals to build on, but since Todd's
consult, we now have a more positive, goal orientated direction for our company.
has left us with the potential to create a more refined production and sales structure, to increase productivity and increase our total gross profits.
In essence, every area now has clear goals to help us achieve better results.
We are excited to implement these procedures with our new understanding of basic lean manufacturing principles and a new organization that is grounded in the use of teamwork skills.
The realization of how these simple yet precise instructions from Todd
can drastically change our bottom line has changed the everyday environment of our whole production team.
Our entire teams, from plate pickers, truss stackers, builders, lead hands, sawyers, and designers to the partners themselves, are all 100% believers in Todd Drummond
professional services and recommendations.
As owners, we are very impressed with Todd's approach and we are pleasantly surprised that he
created optimists out of a group that initially held such strong reservations regarding change of any kind.
We have no doubt in our minds that the roadmap and specific suggestions he
gave us will indeed significantly improve our bottom line.
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.
We hired Todd Drummond's
consulting services, thinking that a professional looking in from the outside could help us with some ideas on improving our operations and further cost controls.
What we actually got was that-plus a lot more.
The ideas for changing the way we process the work orders from sales right through production were quite enlightening.
The list of changes needed was long and, frankly, we were a little skeptical at the results Todd
We have been building wood trusses for decades, but Todd
showed us many common-sense changes in procedure and flow that we have not been doing.
explained all the lean manufacturing rational, my team of people had to agree that he
was right on the mark in every area.
We are very appreciative for the many specific ideas and practices he
suggested implementing to adjust to our current market needs.
The savings potential is surprising and well worth the time and cost invested in his
What really surprised me was that not only did he
talk about operational practices but he
also provided sound advice on creating better market opportunities and other revenue streams.
Phoenix is a tough market to say the least, but he
showed us there are opportunities we were not exploiting and gave practical advice on how to do just that.
I will not go into detail, but I will say he
was far more helpful than just reducing our operational expenses.
We implemented Todd Drummond's
labor tracking software and now can view our true order processing costs and efficiencies, far better than we could with the old ways we used.
provided us with time standards which were specific to the equipment that we use.
This information allowed us to estimate our jobs with a dramatically increased level of accuracy on each project, regardless of its level of complexity.
The time standards also gave us the information to measure our production and establish target output for each workstation in our shop.
also offered suggestions for lean manufacturing practices, marketing, quality control, production, and design incentives.
We continue to implement his
ideas, which have received positive feedback from our customers.
Each has resulted in improvements to our operations.
has shown me far more than I thought possible.
Mind you, we have been and continue to be a successful company.
simply showed us how to improve and I am very grateful for his
I was glad that I did not get in the mindset that this was not the right time.
Either, "We are too busy," or, during the winter months, "Not enough sales.
We simply brought him in for a consultation right away, and Todd
was able to help us in very short order.
Our actual production increased substantially in just weeks when we took his
also saved us thousands of dollars purchasing the wrong type of equipment and showed us which equipment would give us the most bangs for the buck.
We are currently implementing his
Truss Shop Labor Tracking software, which will help us to track the true cost of each order with a few mouse clicks.
The time and money required to implement Todd's advice have been well worth it.
If you want honest, unbiased, new ideas that make real improvements to your operations, give Todd
That is why we brought Todd
into our operations.
helped us address three key areas where we had some major issues.
The first area to address was implementing lean best practices in our production shop.
A time standards system and lean practices have changed our whole production outlook for the better.
Although we have been building trusses for years, Todd
showed us how we could improve our efficiencies and reduce our cost.
Second was our bidding process.
Now, every order can be processed using time standards, which he
provided, with consistent results.
No doubt about it, Todd
will provide truly positive insight into your operations that will make a solid difference.
was the "key element" in kick starting our journey on lean manufacturing.
A large part of my staff has many years of experience and Todd's methods in the 4 days of training worked very well and were just what I needed to get going.
I was amazed at the response, and willingness to embrace to changes needed.
We look at production methods, standardizing procedures and written processes.
I would also recommend to anyone looking to increase efficiency by taking a new look at production methods, or anyone who is integrating automation into their existing facilities, to use the services of Todd Drummond
provided a guiding hand to implement proper practices and time standards.
This makes a big difference.
brought to the table a broader perspective, inviting us to question and compare our procedures with what he
has witnessed in the industry as a whole.
This led us to affirm some of our practices and change many others, resulting in a significant improvement in productivity.
We are excited to move forward with the measurement and comparison of our productivity to the labor standards provided by Todd
We feel that our relationship with Todd
has had a positive influence on our company.
fast-tracked our ability to efficiently design and build this style of project.
consultation was a breath of fresh air, a new look at production methods, and helped us standardize our whole process.
I would recommend to anyone looking to increase efficiency by taking a new look at production methods, or anyone who is integrating automation into their existing facilities, to use the services of Todd
We felt the time was right to have a person like Todd
give us an independent assessment of our entire operation.
We were struggling with labor estimations on certain jobs, and Todd
implemented the proper Time Standards for us to follow, which would allow us to be more precise on job costing.
We discussed and received advice on the implementation of a marketing strategy, quality control, an incentive program, performance appra