Bacou-Dalloz re-energizes its North American glove business
Perfect Fit Glove announced plans to streamline its product offering by rationalizing a number of slow-moving products, improving the unit’s flexibility to respond to current market conditions. As a result of the rationalization announcements, Steve Spotts, vice-president and general manager, announced a reorganization plan along with a work-force reduction of 36 employees at the company’s manufacturing facility in Buffalo, NY. This reorganization is intended to maximize production efficiencies and operational procedures.
This move is in preparation for completion of the final phase of integration of the Perfect Fit Glove product line into the main distribution center, located in Columbus, OH. These changes, along with a focused effort on improving supply chain management within the organization, will help increase service levels and on-time delivery. The plans include detailed inventory transition plans to ensure that service levels will be maintained.
Also, as part of the reorganizing and re-energizing plan, Perfect Fit will launch a new mix of products within the palm-dipped glove family in March.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey