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About Jack's Plastic, Inc.

The Business Structure as of aug 1, 2014
Jack's Plastic Welding Inc. is a corporation operating in New Mexico, and incorporated in New Mexico. There are 8 -12 of us that work at the facility located in Aztec New Mexico. We have 2 buildings on Main street, and they make up aproximately 10,000 square feet. Often it is not enough. The business was started as a sole proprietor in 1982, and was incorporated in 1988 in Colorado. In 1990 we moved from Bondad Colorado to Aztec NM, and set up a production operation in a 5,000 square ft building on Main Street. In 2006, we took a lease on another building next door to our production facility. This 5,000 square foot building was added to the production building (also 5,000 square feet) and has 1/3 of the front used as a show room. The rest is the primary office, shipping, and our sewing department. We now have more than 75 feet of window space on Main Street in Aztec to show our products.

The Work We Do
We have a standard product line that includes inflatable boats, dry bags, and waterproof self-inflating mattresses. We maintain a customer base of whitewater river outfitters, and specialty paddle sports retail dealers. We also sell our products over the Internet. We have an industrial product line that deals primarily with the Oil and Gas industry that is located in the Area.

Other activities include prototype development, and manufacture of components for other products. In this way, we have built components for amusement rides, scuba divers, sail boat racing, Water exercise equipment, climbing gear, medical gear primarily for patient simulators, and emergency spill containments for the oil and gas industry as well as other items. We were also the first to come up with a way to effectively repair cross-link polyethylene kayaks and canoes, and were the first to produce a product called the Gamov bag in 1989. This bag saves mountain Climbers from altitude sickness, and is a portable hyperbaric chamber. We also make the only all welded inflatable stand up paddle board, and we also repair other companies paddle boards. We have been involved in NASA commercial crew program building test articles for recovery systems.

Why We do this Work
We often hear people comment, "isn’t it sort of odd that you build boats in the desert?" While it is true that we live on the edge of the desert, it is also true that we live near the tallest mountains in the lower 48 states. We live on the Colorado Plateau. We live next to the Salt, Colorado, Green, Rio Grande and Arkansas River drainages. We live in the middle of the best back packing, and Climbing this country has to offer. We love the canyon country. In short there is no better place for our company to be located. We love what we do because we can test our equipment in the places we love to recreate, and it is all very close. We build products for local customers first, and then adapt them to fit a wider market.

Specific Job Duties
Jack's main function is marketing, management and design. Jack does road trips, trade shows, and advertising. Jack is in charge of the information that goes into the web site, and to oversee the maintenance of the Internet information. He watches business trends to steer the business in an appropriate direction. Jack does most of the computer design and some of the R& D in the shop. He uses Solidworks Design Software, and computerized cutting system by Autometrix to do precison work that looks like computer models. We work closely with customers, He works closely with Errol on Management issues, but is not in charge of production, or job costing. Jack's email address is info@jpwinc.com

Errol is the Production Manager. His job covers all aspects of production. He orders materials. He is the personnel manager. He maintains a shop budget for materials and labor. Errol schedules production, and does job costing. He keeps time studies. He supervises the order inventory and shipping process, and he even manages to put in some production time too. Errol's email address is errol@jpwinc.com

Rod is our chief welder. There is no one in the shop that knows more about welding, and using the various machines. He is in charge of training in the welding area. He keeps welding area operations organized, making sure that production schedules are met on a timely basis. Rod's knowledge base is priceless when it comes to determining the limitations of the equipment, especially when new products are being prototyped.

Perry is in charge of material cutting and small parts inventory. She makes sure that there are enough D ring patches, bias tape, grommet strips, T tape, pad valves, and all the other sub assemblies necessary to keep our production rolling on a timely basis. Perry and Errol work closely together on maintenance of raw material inventory levels, and just in time cutting of the right parts so cut parts do not sit around too long. Perry organizes all the pattern files for our computerized cutting system, and she works closely with Jack in the design process, checking his work to make sure that he follows cutting protocol.

Kim is our office manager in charge of orders and shipping, accounts receivable. Kim's main job is to keep all of our information organized. She keeps the sales order, inventory, invoice, and shipping data bases up to date so we can have accurate forecasting and product information. She makes sure that product information sheets, custom job order forms, time studies, and other business information is organized. Kim even manages to get some production time in every now and then. Her email address is shop@jpwinc.com

Lauri is the Financial Manager. Lauri keeps the main budget on schedule. She writes payroll checks and pays bills. Lauri helped us produce our employee hand book. She led us through our first accounting software program, our first data base for sales orders and inventory, and then helped us move on to more sophisticated accounting, manufacturing, and inventory control software.

There are other skilled production people. They Include: Ryan, Jesse, and Anthony. They build products and sub assemblies for the various products we make. They are all skilled in the use of our welding equipment, and repair techniques.

How New Products are Introduced
Jack gets a concept from a customer, and does the initial correspondence, and that can often be extensive on complex projects (see this example). Jack, Errol, Perry, and Rod meet to discuss preliminary production scenarios. Jack works on the computer models, draws up patterns, and estimates material usage. Errol gives the customer an estimate of prototype cost. A preliminary step by step production scenario is developed as a team effort.

This first prototype production scenario is kept within the supporting documents (computer models, drawings, patterns, and time studies), along with the associated techniques and machine settings. The prototype is built, and then the production scenario is revised to fit the new realities that were discovered in the process. The new product is brought to a production meeting for review of the process with all employees, and new production scenarios are implemented if necessary.

This may lead to revisions in the drawings, patterns, materials, techniques or machine settings, but it is an excellent way to bring everyone into the process and create ownership in a product. Besides, it would be a disservice to the company to disallow the experience of the production people who know what will work and what will not work.

New techniques are often used in later designs, and everything builds off of that growing knowledge base. In this way even our standard products are under a constant process of review and refinement. This same review and refinement process continues into the financial aspect of the business, with the constant review of the database, the budget, suppliers, customers, and trade shows. There is nothing stagnant about Jack's Plastic Welding, Inc.

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