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Twisted Wire Brush Manufacturer Implements Inventory Control Programs

Twisted-wire brush manufacturer Sanderson MacLeod revolutionizes inventory control programs using fundamental concepts

{Updated 2/1/19)

Sanderson MacLoed has introduced customized inventory control programs into its manufacturing process of wholesale brushes by combining customer inventory and internal supplier pull systems.

Sanderson MacLeod, a specialized twisted-wire brush manufacturer, is now able to analyze a customer’s current demand for twisted-wire brush parts and implement a formal “pull system”. The company looks at past order history, anticipates possible demand spikes and works with customers to ensure that they only carry the minimum amount of inventory needed to satisfy demand. According to Mark N. Borsari, President of Sanderson MacLeod, “This LEAN manufacturing methodology creates a sense of teamwork with customers and eliminates the need for either company to risk carrying excess inventory or being unable to adequately support the end user.” Sanderson MacLeod has worked proactively with individual customers involved in the LEAN journey to cooperatively develop this ability to optimize the practice for each situation.

Similarly, Sanderson MacLeod’s internal pull systems have transformed suppliers into true partners with the ability to give suppliers accurate annual forecasts and reduce the possibility of being out of materials when needed. Vendors are held to strict performance expectations, and are tightly monitored to ensure they maintain a 100{86fff9176df7dae354d5829d6a21a9cac1dae155d05f447306f9bfa827f3a396} on time delivery record. As a result, Sanderson MacLeod is able to quickly adjust to market demand changes for whole sale brushes and minimize exposure to raw material pricing. This is a benefit to customers by reducing product pricing changes and facilitating predictable and minimal pricing adjustments.


{Update} Twisted-wire brush manufacturer builds on inventory optimization success


Sanderson MacLeod recently launched the new ION program, standing for Inventory Optimization Network. This remarkable advancement is the next step in the evolution of Sanderson’s inventory optimization program. Following the unparalleled success and popularity of their previous inventory programs, the manufacturer set to work on creating an even more inclusive and encompassing program. Utilizing concepts and techniques from LEAN manufacturing methodology, the ION program provides advantages which will forever change the way partners of Sanderson MacLeod conduct business.

Just some of the features included with ION are: 

  • ​​​​​​On site process mapping and inventory consultation
  • Customized supply programs
  • On site education and consultation
  • Private account portal for 360 degree visibility
  • Customized racking, packaging and labeling to reduce or eliminate rehandling
  • Redundant sourcing to ensure product availability

Still not convinced about the benefits of ION? Learn more here…