MMEC was able to help us evaluate the most efficient way to produce sandals in our small space as well as helping us navigate the other complexities of in-house manufacturing during the beginning of the Covid pandemic.
MMEC Business Advisor Lynn Weddle worked with Bedrock’s leadership to map out a plan to implement production in the relatively small workshop area. She offered guidance on the layout design, using lean principles to optimize the use of space. To ensure that employees could work safely and efficiently in the reconfigured area, she conducted ergonomic assessments, developed recommendations for COVID safety protocols, and assisted with scheduling plans. MMEC had the opportunity to offset the fees for this project, using CARES Act Funding the Center received to help manufacturers negatively impacted by the pandemic.
“When we lost our primary supplier early in the pandemic, we knew we had to adapt quickly if we were going to keep producing sandals,” said Co-Founder Nick Pence. “MMEC was able to help us evaluate the most efficient way to produce sandals in our small space as well as helping us navigate the other complexities of in-house manufacturing during the beginning of the COVID pandemic. This process ultimately saved us time and helped us come to clear decisions on how to move forward. We still use parts of the layout ideas and processes in our space currently to help with our in-house production and repair programs, helping them operate safely and efficiently.”