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Goodwill Manufacturing: Providing Value and Fulfilling Goodwill's Mission

Posted by Mike Matus on June 3, 2015

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Goodwill Manufacturing provides contract packaging & assembly services to OverheadManufacturing-Juliea wide variety of customers throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. We use our operations to fulfill our mission of providing training, support and employment services for people with barriers to employment. One of our current customers recently approached us with a supply chain and production opportunity.

They were presented with a unique market opportunity with one of their primary customers, but needed to be able to respond quickly to the request. In order to meet the customer’s specific deadline, assistance was needed in the procurement of multiple components, scheduling, the assembly and kitting of the product, and finally, the fulfillment of the orders to 4,000 different locations. The team at Goodwill jumped into action to make this happen.Manufacturing-JulieOMally

By working closely with our customer’s Engineering ad Materials Management team, Goodwill was able to source multiple components, from a variety of suppliers, with shipments coming directly to our facility. This took valuable time and cost out of the supply chain, enabling us to react quickly and efficiently.

Once the components had all arrived, our Operations team was faced with the task of assembling the kits, per customer specification, within a very tight production lead-time. By dedicating a team to the project and creating a flexible production line, we were able to meet our customer’s delivery requirements.

At the conclusion of the project, we coordinated and provided the detail for the final shipments to 4,000 different locations – again optimizing the supply chain.

Overall, our customer was ecstatic about the results, which led them to gain new business – which subsequently will be performed by Goodwill.

Goodwill Manufacturing – providing value to our customers while improving the lives of the people we serve through the Power of Work.

Written by Mike Matus

Mike Matus joined Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin in January, 2013 as the Vice President of Sales & Strategic Solutions. Mike’s responsibilities include the development of an integrated Employer Outreach / Business Development strategy across the entire organization. In his role, Mike works closely with the Mission Operations staff of Goodwill TalentBridge, Goodwill Laundry, Goodwill Manufacturing, Goodwill DataShield and Mission Services to drive and coordinate business development efforts to expand the Mission of Goodwill. Mike has spent over 20+ years in executive sales management in varied industries including: Packaging, Graphic Arts and Metal fabrication. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for J.L. Clark, a Clarcor company, specializing in custom metal and plastic packaging. He has served on several boards and received his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. Mike is currently a member of the MMAC, Executive Agenda, ACG and SAMA organizations.
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