Wood Ventures Manufacturing

Wooden Vents for Heating & AC Ducts

Company President John Hendrickson believes offshore manufacturing saved his company while his employees are grateful that smart outsourcing saved their jobs.

The Wood Ventures Company

Wood Ventures is a manufacturer of wooden vents for heating and air conditioning ducts. With orders backed up and irritated customers breathing down its neck, The Wood Ventures™ Company had its back against a wall.

Located in Grass Valley, California, the company is surrounded by the technology industry. Workers in this region routinely expect wages on par with what the technology companies pay. They had difficulty maintaining a workforce because they couldn’t afford to pay comparable manufacturing wages and stay competitive. At the same time, to meet the increasing demand for the company’s standard product line and its custom line for building contractors, they needed to expand their plant. The firm quickly realized the considerable environmental and political challenges they faced would make the process of securing a permit almost impossible.

An Offshore Wood Manufacturing Solution

By exploring offshore manufacturing options with ITI, Wood Ventures found a way to have its standard line manufactured to its very demanding standards.  This resolved both their labor and plant expansion issues. It also allowed the company’s current employees to concentrate on the contractor custom product line utilizing its existing facility.

Today, company President John Hendrickson reflects on the severity of the predicament his company was in and is grateful to ITI for helping Wood Ventures adapt. He believes offshore manufacturing saved his company while his employees are grateful that smart outsourcing saved their jobs.

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