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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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May 19, 2015

5 Questions to Ask Every Contract Manufacturer

You are searching for a Contract Manufacturer (CM) and you have leveraged Google to narrow down your search to a handful.  You’ve researched their websites thoroughly and now it’s time to engage.  You trade emails, maybe execute an NDA, and starting the ‘dating’ process by getting to know one another either by phone first or later face to face...

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May 07, 2015

Why the Internet of Things (IOT) is Great News for Manufacturers!

Welcome to the Jetsons, Elroy! Depending upon which source you believe, the growth of connected devices we have seen thus far with the Internet of Things is nothing compared to what the future holds.  Some estimates say that in just five years the amount of connected devices will double from 25 billion today to 50 billion by 2020. Think about that...

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May 05, 2015

Who are the Best EMS Companies for Me?

So here’s the situation.  You have been sourcing domestically from the prototype phase through the first few production runs up to 1,000.  Your product is starting to grow and in order for you to grow your business, and potentially reduce cost, you decide to start exploring an additional or new EMS provider. 

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April 30, 2015

3 Things Medical Device Companies Must Know about Venture Capital

If you are a growing medical device company you have already achieved so much.  You have taken an idea from the back of a napkin to commercialization (or almost).  You have invested in science, clinical trials, industrial engineering, patent lawyers, time with the FDA, possible 510k process, prototype, second and third round of prototypes,...

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April 23, 2015

How Much Does It Cost to Make My Product?

April 14, 2015

Is my EMS CM also an ODM?

Working with engineers is very similar to working with military personnel in that to communicate effectively you need to learn acronyms quickly!  Follow along - OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) work with CMs (Contract Manufacturers) to bolster their supply chain.  If your OEM produces electronics than your CM might be an EMS (Electronics...

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April 09, 2015

How Cheap Killed Your Supply Chain

No matter how great the individual talent of each team member is (think the Dream Team – 1992 USA Basketball) the job of the head coach is to get the team to play together.  Thus is the life of the strategic sourcing and supply chain teams for manufacturing companies and OEM’s alike.  While much of the work goes to you, Chuck Daly, he was...

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April 07, 2015

What a Program or Commodity Manager Job Description Should Really Say!

While this is not an open position here at East West, I thought it'd be interesting to pull together what we think a Commodity Manager Job Description should really include when a company is looking to hire!

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April 02, 2015

New ECM Motors Up to 25% MORE Efficient!

The adoption of ECM Motors into commercial refrigeration applications is driven by two main reasons, inefficient power consumption and noise.  The first generation ECM Motor was a great improvement over the traditional shaded pole motor that was at best 25% efficient (meaning 75% of electricity was simply turned into heat – not a great side...

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March 31, 2015

26 Do's and Don't's for Creating Value in a Startup Business

Today we have a featured special guest post by Mr. Marty Wynkoop. Mr. Wynkoop is the current Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Florida, School of Engineering. He has decades of experience in the medical biotech industry and has contributed to the success of several startup companies. 

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