Todd Drummond

Todd Drummond

Owner at Todd Drummond Consulting LLC

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Location:
41 Coventry Drive, Sunapee, New Hampshire, United States
HQ Phone:
(603) 763-8857

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Client statement: "Oh, but Todd, how difficult is it to cut lumber or assemble trusses?
To validate, provide new ideas, and possibly increase the effectiveness of these practices, InteFrame looked to Todd Drummond and his formal experience. His 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. Where Todd 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. Client statement: "Oh, but Todd, why should I pay someone more for something they should be doing anyways?

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"...There are no words to express how thankful we are that we chose to start changing our business with assistance from Todd Drummond.
Todd, You have a high opinion of the value of your services, and you are not bashful about charging. We have been building trusses since 1962. Todd took lean manufacturing and broke it down to the simple concept of, "Work smarter, not harder. His consulting services covered not only the manufacturing but costing, sales and even better employee management practices. Both concepts and practical suggestions were presented that our people were willing to embrace. Todd helped us take a fresh look at how the different parts of the manufacturing process work, identified some bottlenecks, moved some equipment, and through that were able to streamline the flow of materials through the plant. These changes in material placement and many other practical ideas have had a positive impact on production speed. When he explained the reasons, it became very apparent, and once we did it, it made a difference. One area that was not to be overlooked that he helped us with is labor estimation and costing using man-minutes instead of board footage. Better bidding and labor estimations have their own rewards which have benefitted us. However, because we are able to have better means of labor estimations using man-minutes we were able to implement a production bonus program. Which has had a very positive effect on employee morale and therefore on speed, and quality, of production. It has been a few years since his consultation, but even now we still occasionally look over the material he provided for making further improvements. If your company is looking for an honest assessment and looking for ideas for improvement, look no further than Mr. Drummond's services. He actually does just what he says he can to help you, but if only if you are willing to take a chance and hire his services. Thank you, Todd! Enter Todd Drummond, I have known Todd for years and have watched as he slowly grew his consulting business into a major player in our industry. Todd has a luxury that very few people have. He 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. His process was all encompassing and included almost every aspect of the business. He did a great job covering every aspect of the process while using lean principles as the foundation. I was pleased with everything. Todd went over best practices and lean principles related to our location. He 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! Todd has watched and done time studies on almost every piece of equipment in our industry. To validate, provide new ideas, and possibly increase the effectiveness of these practices, InteFrame looked to Todd Drummond and his formal experience. His 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. Where Todd 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. It was time for expert advice, which that is where Todd comes in. The first thing I can say about his consulting services was it was intense and it covered far more ground than I ever expected. Lean manufacturing practices, which is what he espouses, covers every aspect of your business and that is exactly what Todd did for us. He covered every aspect of our business. From admin issues such as communication, employee management, then manufacturing, then design and sales (all aspects of each). Todd provided us with a much needed fresh perspective in every area of our company. 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. His methods of instructions laid out a very clear and methodical process to allow us proper perspective 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. He 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. Well, Todd 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. He 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. Todd brought with him years of experience, best practices and views from different manufacturers to help us in our venture to improve and grow. His bank of industry standards are great to measure our own performance against industry, and allow us to aim for better. His straight to the point approach and get the job done was welcomed and allowed for everyone to gain appreciation for the work he's trying to accomplish. We welcome his comments and suggestion and can't wait to start implementing his recommendations. We initially engaged Todd to introduce and implement lean manufacturing methods that would help us streamline our manufacturing and business processes. He brought much more! Todd possesses analytical horsepower particularly strong knowledge about component manufacturing equipment and current best practices in our industry. He 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! Todd was well worth our investment in his consulting services. 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. Todd 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 the 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. After Todd spent a week explaining these and training our group, I am very pleased with what we learned. He 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. Todd showed us a far better system for increasing capacity in the same manufacturing floor space while reducing manpower (yes, it is possible). He also showed us other ways to improve just about every other area in our company. His 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. Todd 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. Todd 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. His advice covered a great deal more than just the manufacturing. Todd Drummond calls himself a consultant, but he is really a "truss guy. He has experience in design, sales, and a deep knowledge of lean manufacturing. Combining his knowledge with our experienced team got us a gross margin increase within the first 3 weeks. Todd reviewed our production processes and procedures. Once he helped us match up some of our skill sets with our 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. 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. ur 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. Todd 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 and his 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 road map and specific suggestions he gave us will indeed significantly improve our bottom line. 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 promised. 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. Once he 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 services. 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.

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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.

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