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Ethnic Foodservice Products Manufacturer
Rapidly Capturing Manufacturing And Logistics Cost Reduction Opportunities At Ethnic Foodservice Products Manufacturer

Captured $1.2MM in operations run-rate savings in 12 weeks at an ethnic foodservice and retail private label products manufacturer by implementing shop floor management best practices. Gotham worked on the shop floor to: observe operations; identify potential improvement opportunities; provide immediate guidance to client personnel; and troubleshoot and pilot solutions. We improved line through from ~225 cases/shift to ~375 cases/shift, reduced fill weight by 3-7% to minimize overfill, reduce floor scrap by 50%; and eliminated expired rework scrap. To ensure sustainability and further improvements, we: trained client personnel, put in place process changes, tools, KPIs and reporting system; and identified/planned next set of improvement opportunities. Gotham also launched logistics savings capture by developing direct ship pilot and facilitating conversation between company sales teams and foodservice distributors.

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Stationary Products Manufacturer
Operational Basics, Waste Reduction, and Productivity Improvements to Turn Around Declining Performance at Stationary Products Manufacturer

Identified $2+MM in opportunity from focusing on operational basics, e.g., measurement & reporting, material and labor procedures, and production scheduling. Implemented a paper waste measurement system to identify major sources of loss and then addressed root cause issues (e.g., setup waste, end-of-roll waste, material handling waste, and in-process waste). Within 6 months, material waste more than halved (from the original 40%+ levels) and labor productivity went up 15%.

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Meat Products Manufacturer
Creating Product/Process Specs and Implementing Performance Tracking System to Enhance Throughput and Operations Consistency at Foodservice Meat Products Manufacturer

Captured over $10 million in waste and throughput opportunities (15% reduction in total operating and materials costs) by identifying root causes, developing new operating procedures, and establishing KPIs.

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Branded Ethnic Foods Manufacturer
Assessing Operational Scalability to Support Targeted Growth at Family-owned Branded Ethnic Foods Manufacturer

Built operational performance fact base and cost model for due diligence of an entrepreneurial company. Effort included: first-hand observation of operations, management interviews, data collection and synthesis, equipment condition and capex requirement assessment, food safety review, and interviews with potential co-packers. Established that:  the existing plant can meet the buyer's target of growing the business 2-3X current volume; identified 5-6 viable and interested co-packers; identified opportunities to reduce cost per case by 16-17.5%; and provided a road map for improving operations. The PE firm is in process of closing the deal.

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Juice Manufacturer/ Co-packer
Network-wide Operating System to Turn Around Performance at Foodservice/Co-pack Juice Company

Turned around plant performance by implementing basic plant operating system (downtime, waste, and scheduling). $600K in run rate cost savings captured by the end of the 6-week engagement, with tools and processes in place to capture the rest. Building on the initial success, rolled out the network-wide standard operating procedures to the other 2 plants during an 8-week Phase II effort with additional savings of $2-2.5MM expected. Company generating record EBITDA (60+% improvement in EBITDA) and the PE firm decided to market the company for an exit.

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Steel Castings Company
Material Purchasing and Usage Reduction at Large Steel Castings Manufacturer

Identified $3.3-5.5MM in material cost reduction opportunities in both purchasing and material usage, including: clawing back commodity price increases; consolidating vendor base and re-sourcing key commodities; measuring and reducing material usage; and tracking and controlling non-centralized discretionary purchases. Developed tools to allow robust, ongoing reporting and analysis capabilities for both purchasing and usage performance and created the bid packages for top 6 commodities to launch the re-sourcing process. Within weeks, client team reduced usage by 3%, generating $1.2MM in savings, and completed several re-sourcing initiatives.

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