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Custom Vans, Inc. Case Study

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CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION

Rationale

        Tony Rizzo, owner of Custom Vans, Inc., who has specializes in converting standard vans into campers was able to expand his small operation in Gary, Indiana and other major outlets like Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Detroit.

Innovation was the major factor in Tony’s success in converting a small van shop into one of the largest and most profitable custom van operations in the Midwest. Tony seemed to have a special ability to design and develop unique features and devices that were always in high demand by van owners. An example was Shower-Rific, which was developed by Tony only six months after Custom Vans, Inc., was started. These small showers were completely self-contained, and they could be placed in almost any type of van and in a number of different locations within a van. Shower-Rific was made of fiberglass and contained towel racks, built-in soap and shampoo holders, and a unique plastic door. Each Shower-Rific took 2 gallons of fiberglass and 3 hours of labor to manufacture.

As the demand was increasing, Tony Rizzo consulted his lawyer and banker and they concluded that he should open two new manufacturing plants to satisfy the demand of each branches of the Custom Vans, Inc., but there are three options where to open the two manufacturing plant. The three options are at Detroit, Michigan; Rockford, Illinois; or Madison, Wisconsin.

This study was made to help Tony Rizzo and the four managers of each branch of Custom Vans, Inc. to decide on where to open the two new manufacturing plants, which can minimize their cost.

Objectives

This study identifies what would be the best place to locate the two new manufacturing plants. Another objective is to identify what is the total minimize cost using specific approaches specifically using the Northwest Corner Method.

Scope and Limitations

This study covers about the best decision for Tony to locate his two new manufacturing plant that could cost them less transaction cost and at the same time can meet the needs of their major outlets.

The study is limited only to Tony Rizzo and to the four managers that are deciding where to put the new manufacturing plant, it is either at Detroit, Michigan; Rockford, Illinois; or Madison, Wisconsin.

CHAPTER 2

METHODOLOGY

Collection of Data

All the related data were attained from the available sources that were given. In this research Tony Rizzo provided the transportation cost per unit in each branches that the managers would pay in delivering the each Shower-Rific unit. These quantitative data were provided to help Tony Rizzo decide where to build the two new manufacturing plants.[pic 1]

1.Chicago

2. Milwaukee

3. Minneapolis

4. Detroit

Supply

A. Gary

10

20

40

25

300

B. Fort Wayne

20

30

50

15

150

C. Detroit

30

40

60

5

150

D. Rockford

5

10

30

35

150

E. Madison

10

5

25

40[pic 2]

150[pic 3]

F. Demand

300

100

150

200

Method of Analysis

Using the Northwest Corner Method

1.Chicago

2.Milwaukee

3.Minneapolis

4.Detroit

SUPPLY

A. Gary

10[pic 4]

20

40[pic 5]

25

300

B. Fort Wayne

20

30

50

15[pic 6]

150

C. Dummy

30

40[pic 7]

60

5

150

DEMAND

300

100

150

200

[pic 8][pic 9][pic 10]

[pic 11]

 

Cell Cost:

A1: 200 (10)               = 2,000

A3: 100 (40)               = 4,000

B2: 50 (30)                 = 1,500

B4: 100 (15)               = 1,500[pic 12]

        TOTAL COST              $9,000

Considering Detroit and Madison

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1.Chicago

2.Milwaukee

3.Minneapolis

4.Detroit

SUPPLY

A. Gary

10

20

40

25

300

B. Fort Wayne

20

30

50

15

150

C. Detroit

26

36

56

1

150

D. Madison

7

2

22

37

150

DEMAND

300

100

150

200

1.Chicago

2.Milwaukee

3.Minneapolis

4.Detroit

SUPPLY

A. Gary

10[pic 23]

20

40[pic 24]

25

300

B. Fort Wayne

20[pic 25]

30

50

15[pic 26]

150

C. Detroit

26

36

56

1[pic 27]

150

D. Madison

7

2[pic 28]

22[pic 29]

37[pic 30]

150[pic 31]

DEMAND

300

100

150

200

[pic 32]

[pic 33]

Cell cost:

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