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Andy Reese

Andy Reese
Andy Reese leads Marketing and Business Development at East West Manufacturing. Providing strategy and data driven results.
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July 14, 2016

3 Things Product Development Engineers Want More Than "Fast"

In a conversation with our technical program manager over the last several weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the terms "engineering" and "fast" rarely belong in the same sentence — or my expectation of how product development engineers define “fast” simply needed a major reboot. When a customer expresses interest, my emotional,...

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December 08, 2015

3 Contract Manufacturing Industry Trends to Plan for in 2016

At its very essence, every contract manufacturer exists to solve a cost, quality and/or diversity problem for its customers. While these three rarely change the business environment, challenges and demands continue to evolve. Changing to meet the new challenges of the OEMs you support has simply become the new normal. New year = new trends.

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October 07, 2015

5 Questions an Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Quitting His Day Job

Thanks to the show Shark Tank (@ABCSharktank), people with ideas have been looking for a way to make it big. So many great ideas arise every day and, while not every one of them will succeed, you can be sure that a few will. Knowing that a handful will find success gives us hope that our ideas might too!

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September 03, 2015

8 Must-Have Building Blocks for a Robust Supply Chain

Are you building a global network or trying to beef up your existing operations? If so, there are some factors you simply can't ignore when it comes to forging a robust supply chain. Below are the key building blocks that should be on your radar.

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July 30, 2015

Making the Material Handling Equipment that Moves the Supply Chain

According to the Material Handling Institute (MHI), Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing represents some $30 Billion (over 25%) for the US Material Handling Consumption of nearly $165 Billion! $30 Billion!  Consider for a moment that $1 Billion = 10 tons (or about 10 pallets stacked neatly with $100 bills). Lots of $100 bills.

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July 28, 2015

2 Best Ways Engineers Find the Right Contract Manufacturer

We literally met one of our fastest growing customers walking down the hallway of their office after a meeting with the engineering and purchasing teams when the Global Sourcing Manager stuck his head out of his office and quipped, “Hey, can you guys make this?”  Turns out the answer was, “Yes!”

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July 23, 2015

3 Tips for Painless Supplier Agreements

There are two simple truths I’ve learned in manufacturing: (1) the larger the company, the smaller the NDA.  Why? They have an office building somewhere with more attorneys on hand (or within reach) than most global manufacturing companies would care to count.  And (2) the larger the OEM, the longer the supply agreement.

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July 21, 2015

New Water Heater Regulations Save $2 Billion

On April 16th, 2015, the new water heater energy factor requirement took effect – thanks to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA).

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July 16, 2015

Shark Tank: What Manufacturers See that You Don't

ABC’s TV show, “Shark Tank” averaged over seven million viewers per week for this, its 6th season!  Whether you love the concept or enjoy watching Lori, Barbara, Robert, Daymond, Mr. Wonderful, or Mark Cuban either build or shatter dreams, the reality is that people enjoy watching everyday products get the opportunity to grow big time.

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July 07, 2015

Do Products "Made in America" Really Matter?

Take a breath before proceeding. I can see the hackles on your back are raised. You are the coiled rattlesnake ready to strike.  There is no political agenda here, just a few thoughts about the topic.

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