It’s rare to find a manufacturer who does everything in house. What’s far more common is in-house assembly, with the components coming from a variety of trusted suppliers who have demonstrated a high degree of skill at building the components you need to your design, and within the margins of error you specify. Often, businesses do their best to consolidate their contracts with a few companies that can each deliver great results, but that’s not the only way to do it. If you have multiple assembly plants around the country, you’ll need fabrication resources relatively close to each one, to streamline shipping costs, and that can mean finding high quality operators who can reproduce the work of your original supplier at your home location.
Consider Your Options
While it’s tempting to work with a very limited range of suppliers, you can wind up leaving a lot of money on the table if you don’t periodically review your costs and solicit competing bids. The best time to evaluate your costs is when you have a new project, because you might find that between the turnaround time, shipping, and quality, a dedicated metal fabrication Portland Oregon solution for the new project could give you the best overall ROI. Giving a new supplier a single project contract is a great way to assess their suitability for more work in the future, too.
Remember, as much as you might want to put all your contracts together, you’re competing against your own deadlines if you don’t find the best fit for each individual project, spreading your supply lines enough to get everything you need efficiently, without making things overly complicated. It takes time to get into a good rotation with all your suppliers, but it’s worth putting in the effort to get the results if it means your manufacturing process is improved overall.