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iEmergent appoints Megan Horn as Chief Marketing Officer

DES MOINES, Iowa -- iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced the appointment of Megan Horn as chief marketing officer (CMO). In this role, Horn will oversee marketing, public relations, brand management and customer experience for the growing company.

Prior to her appointment as CMO, Horn consulted with iEmergent through her own outfit, Megan Horn Digital. In this capacity, Horn was instrumental in developing iEmergent's website, brand messaging and digital strategy. Before her engagement with iEmergent, Horn was marketing director at Far Reach, iEmergent's technology development partner. Horn has also held positions at marketing and advertising agencies, where she acquired a diverse skill set including content strategy and development, social media management, graphic design and public relations.

"iEmergent is uniquely positioned to help mortgage lenders address a complex challenge - serving traditionally underserved, home-ready markets - by identifying current and future market opportunity with great accuracy down to the neighborhood level," Horn said. "My top priority is generating broader exposure for iEmergent and communicating the value proposition of Mortgage MarketSmart, an incredibly powerful tool for helping mortgage lenders identify gaps in sales coverage, expand into new markets and serve communities more equitably."

Horn holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. She is an avid volunteer and community advocate, and in the past has donated both her time and marketing expertise to nonprofit organizations such as the Cedar Bend Humane Society and Cedar Valley United Way. Since 2018, Horn has been a board member of the CedarValley PrideFest.

About iEmergent:

Founded in 2000, iEmergent provides mortgage lending forecasts and analytics to the lending, housing and real estate industries. The company offers an extensive variety of forecast and market intelligence products, including Mortgage MarketSmart, a visualization tool that helps lenders quantify how mortgage markets will change. For more information, visit https://www.iemergent.com.

Related link: https://www.iemergent.com

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Business, Free News Articles

iEmergent appoints Chris Richey as Chief Analytics Officer

DES MOINES, Iowa -- iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced the appointment of Chris Richey as chief analytics officer. In this role, Richey will oversee and expand upon iEmergent's data analytics capabilities, which help mortgage lenders identify gaps in sales coverage and effectively expand into new markets.

Richey, who first joined iEmergent in a consulting capacity in 2016, has been instrumental in building out the data and information technology (IT) frameworks supporting the firm's external Mortgage MarketSmart and internal business intelligence (BI) platforms. With this infrastructure in place, Richey will next turn his attention to enhancing the analytics engine and statistical models that power iEmergent's market-leading data insights.

"Chris' combination of mathematics, economics and IT expertise is quite rare, but what's even more exceptional is his commitment to applying those skills to affect positive change," said iEmergent CEO Laird Nossuli. "For years, iEmergent's data has pointed to diversity in lending as not only the right thing to do for our communities, but also a business imperative for lenders. Chris will play an integral role in advancing our ability to put this imperative into context for individual lenders so they can turn insight into action and measurable growth."

Before joining iEmergent, Richey was a data analyst in the IT business unit of a Fortune 100 government contractor. His work synthesizing and analyzing some of the largest healthcare databases in the United States helped guide Medicare's implementation of regulatory programs designed to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare for millions of Americans. Later, during the COVID pandemic, Richey was part of a task force that tracked nursing home outbreaks of COVID-19 and applied data sourced from multiple agencies to coordinate the delivery of training, supplies and vaccinations.

Earlier in his career, Richey worked as a quantitative analyst within the financing arm of a Fortune 100 equipment manufacturer, where he built statistical models for managing credit risk, conducted regulatory compliance stress testing and leveraged his background in IT to create a unified framework for consolidating and reporting data across the global organization.

Richey is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and math and a master's degree in economics.

About iEmergent:

Founded in 2000, iEmergent provides mortgage lending forecasts and analytics to the lending, housing and real estate industries. The company offers an extensive variety of forecast and market intelligence products, including Mortgage MarketSmart, a visualization tool that helps lenders quantify how mortgage markets will change. For more information, visit https://www.iemergent.com.

Twitter: @iemergent #housingfinance

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Newly Formed Sky Auto Mall Purchases Junge Ford and Junge CDJR in Center Point, IA

CENTER POINT, Iowa -- Two long standing dealerships located in Center Point, IA have been purchased and are now owned and operated by the newly formed Sky Auto Mall. Formerly Junge Ford and Junge Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM will now be owned by Alex Tovstanovsky, Dealer Principal and General Manager of Sky Auto Mall.

Alex Tovstanovsky and his family are currently the owners of Prestige Motor Works located in Naperville Illinois which over the years has grown from a $1,500 investment into a very successful family business. The Tovstanovsky's used car operation in Illinois has been the recipient of multiple industry prestigious awards including the coveted Illinois Independent Dealer of the Year Award, Carfax Top Rated Dealer, #1 Used Car Dealership in Naperville, as well as many others.

Declaring the dealership's motto "Honesty is not expensive, it's PRICELESS" could very well be the impetus behind these coveted honors. In addition, the Better Business Bureau has given this family run dealership a spectacular five-star, A+ rating.

Having overcome numerous hurdles, Tovstanovsky, an immigrant to the United States in 1994, started out with a minimal amount of cash, along with very little knowledge of the English language, yet his entrepreneurial drive led him to start a small, fledgling car dealership. After devoutly attending National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) conferences, since 2009, and learning the ins and outs of the business, Tovstanovsky has been able to transform his small-scale business into a booming 2-acre site on a main arterial road in Naperville.

"Owning and operating a new car franchise dealership representing 5 of our country's top automakers is a dream come true," remarked Alex Tovstanovsky recently. He continued, "My family brought me to the United States when I was just 7 years old to escape the oppressive communist regime of the Soviet Union, at the time we had barely $1000 in our pockets and the audacity to work hard, dream big, and strive to be a part of Americas exceptionalism. With the acquisition of these two new dealerships, we will put the Center Point location on a path to growth and success. We plan to retain all the existing staff, many of which have been working at this dealership for 10+ years. Additionally, we plan to grow the dealership by hiring additional technicians, salespeople, and service staff so that we can keep up with current demand and continue growing the dealership operations. We have a phenomenal staff, an incredible service department, and we are located just 15 minutes' drive North of Cedar Rapids. I am excited and looking forward to serving. We are citizens first, business owners second."

Tovstanovsky practices what he preaches. He and his family continue to donate thousands of dollars to various charities while volunteering with non-profit organizations in the local community such as SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business) while fighting against anti-business and anti-free-enterprise regulations. In 2003 Alex became the Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff with the Will County Sheriff's office for a season.

In keeping with the expansion of Tovstanovsky's vision, he has now purchased Junge Ford and Junge Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM under the brand name Sky Auto Mall. Prestige Motor Works and Junge Automotive will continue to operate separately from Sky Auto Mall.

For more information about Sky Auto Mall please visit their website at https://www.skyautomall.com/.

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Midland Co., Iowa Shrimp Production Update

STORY CITY, Iowa -- Located in the heart of the Midwest, Midland Co. continues to stock shrimp in the production facility in preparation for regular monthly production. Midland Co.'s mission is to raise sustainable, ethical, and delicious seafood.

Midland Co. has installed its patented innovative Algae-Based RAS(™ (recirculating aquaculture systems) filtration technology in both the nursery and grow-out systems.

The Company will be stocking the fifth batch of postlarvae (PL) shrimp at the nursery in Story City on August 19, 2021. The fourth harvest is projected to serve local customers early September 2021.

Midland Co. currently operates on a waitlist system for shrimp sales. Demand has continued to outpace supply. Midland is looking forward to the expansion and construction of the rest of the 20,000 square foot facility and the ability to put fresh shrimp on tables across the Midwest.

To learn more visit: http://www.midlandseafood.com/

About Midland Co.:

Midland Co. is a privately held aquaculture company founded in 2018. The company uses Algae-Based RAS(tm) technology to produce fresh shrimp. Midland has successfully completed pilot trials to prove out the technology concept and is currently in the construction phase of a commercial demonstration production facility to be a model for future contract grow-out systems.

Related link: https://www.midlandseafood.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Funding and Investment

Pattison announces the closing of a $17 million credit facility funded by Amerisource Business Capital

CLAYTON, Iowa -- Pattison Company, a leading provider of high-quality industrial sand, construction aggregate, armor stone and rail car storage, will use the proceeds to refinance existing term debt and equipment debt, new projects, and working capital.

Kyle Pattison, CEO and owner of Pattison, said, "We are very pleased with the pricing, structure and covenants of the package. Amerisource will be an important partner going forward. This refinancing gives us an exceptionally strong balance sheet and the liquidity to take advantage of the numerous opportunities we have before us. Our sand, aggregate and storage businesses are all growing, and we have several new initiatives. We deeply appreciate the intense due-diligence Amerisource performed and their response which was tailored to meet all our needs."

Bill Herrington, EVP of Amerisource, added: "We are very pleased to partner with Kyle and the entire Pattison team. The company has a rich history and track record, and we look forward to supporting their continued growth and expansion."

The facility was arranged by JFM Capital Advisors, LLC and CS Merchant Capital Partners. Joe Maly, Managing Partner of JFM Capital Advisors, said, "The high overall interest level this transaction generated in the credit market is a testament to Pattison's diversified business model, their high caliber management and great team."

More information can be found here: http://www.pattisonsand.com/pattison-announces-major-refinancing-package/

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Stride’s Evidence-Based Autism Therapy Now Available at Four Iowa Locations

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Stride Autism Centers ("Stride"), a mission-driven provider of evidence-based therapy for children with autism, today announced that it has expanded to serve families at four centers throughout Iowa. Stride is now actively enrolling clients at all four locations, including Clive and Johnston in the Des Moines metro area, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport in the Quad Cities.

Stride's clinical team specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA therapy - the most rigorously studied "gold standard" of treatment for individuals with autism. All of Stride's centers exclusively serve preschool-age children (ages 2-6) and utilize 1:1 therapist-to-child ratios to provide individualized support during the most critical years of child development.

Every child at Stride has a highly customized treatment plan developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts and overseen by a dually credentialed clinical psychologist/BCBA-D.

"Stride's mission to provide the best possible support to children with autism and their families is deeply personal to me," said Brad Zelinger, Stride's Founder and CEO. "My sister has an autism-related disorder called Rett Syndrome. She is nonverbal, and requires substantial support in everyday activities. I founded Stride so individuals like her can get the effective therapy they need as early as possible to live more independent, joyous lives. As a Midwesterner myself, I'm particularly motivated to bring Stride's services to underserved communities throughout the Midwest."

"Decades of research demonstrating the effectiveness of early intervention for children with autism underly our decision to specialize in the early treatment of young learners," said Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish, PhD, LCP, BCBA-D, NCSP, Stride's Clinical Director and University Chair of ABA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

"Our mission-driven team is incredibly motivated by Stride's unwavering commitment to meaningful outcomes. We're grateful that our singular focus on the highest quality care has allowed us to attract outstanding clinical leaders and therapists alike," Dr. Whittington-Barnish added.

About Stride Autism Centers

With center-based programs throughout the Midwest, Stride Autism Centers is a mission-driven provider of Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA therapy, to preschool-age children with autism. Stride can help with communication, social skills, self-care, school readiness, play and leisure, transitioning and emotional regulation. Prospective families can call 515-207-5251 (Iowa) or 312-554-5578 (Chicagoland) or visit Stride's website at https://stridecenters.com/.

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Business, Economic Development, Free News Articles, Government, Manufacturing

Rural Iowa Manufacturing Jobs Surplus Means Big Opportunities

OSCEOLA, Iowa -- It's been a year since the manufacturing industry was hit by the COVID-19 crisis forcing businesses to get creative to manage their workforce assets. In April of 2020, the rural Clarke County, Iowa's unemployment rate jumped from 3.4% to 11.8%, and more than 100,000 workers across the state were displaced, laid off, or simply let go when businesses had to close their doors, says Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC).

Now COVID restrictions have begun to lift and the economy is picking up again, especially for manufacturers in Osceola, Iowa. Unfortunately, many businesses are still struggling in their search for the right candidates to fill key positions.

"We've got 4,700 non-farm jobs and our major manufacturers continue to grow and add staff," said Bill Trickey, Executive Director of the Clarke County Development Corporation. "Now is a great time to find a job in Clarke County."

Major Clarke County employers have a variety of positions available and are casting a wide net to entice the right candidates to the region. Full of lucrative job opportunities, Osceola boasts easy access from Des Moines, Indianola, Norwalk, St. Mary's, Martensdale and many other South-Central Iowa and Northern Missouri cities via I-35 and highways 34 and 92.

"We're certainly in a position where we have more jobs than people to fill them, so we're recruiting from across the state to find the right fit," said Susan Miller, Human Resources Recruiter for the Altec body plant. "While our pay is more than competitive with most Des Moines metro employers, and our benefits package is outstanding, we've found that it's our unique company culture that really makes working here desirable."

In an effort to fill essential manufacturing positions, companies are finding new incentives to draw in applicants, encourage referrals from current employees, and reward retention among the staff. For example, The Paul Mueller Company, manufacturers of stainless steel, food-grade refrigeration and transportation tanks, offers an incremental referral bonus as well as new employee sign-on bonuses awarded at ninety days, six months, and one year.

Altec body plant helps employees attain Bachelor or Masters degrees in the industry by funding online courses through The University of Alabama and offers wellness benefits to employees and their spouses for completing fun and easy challenges. And Iowa Steel gives their regional sales team the opportunity to work from home or remotely as they travel the country to meet with customers, offering an excellent base salary as well as commission.

"We're in the process of growing, locally and nationwide. On top of filling regional sales positions around the country, we're also adding to our Osceola facility in the fall of 2021 and hiring more skilled labor," said Kate Patton, Human Resources Director at Iowa Steel. "Clarke County is full of employers offering diverse opportunities with competitive pay and an excellent work-life balance. We're just looking for the right applicants."

While unemployment rates are relatively low, there is still a lot of work available in rural Iowa, especially in Clarke County. Employers are finding that top pay and benefits aren't the only tools needed to draw in a workforce.

"Money isn't the most important thing people are looking for these days. People are looking at our culture, and finding a place they enjoy coming to every day, and positioning their family to do more than just make ends meet," said Lauren Robins, Human Resources Generalist II for Paul Mueller Company. "On-site training, and a safe and healthy work environment are all important to prospective employees. Most of all they want to know that they're valued and able to be productive and growing for years to come."

Clarke County's manufacturing industry has advantages not found in bigger cities across the state. Factors like job security, educational incentives, and unique, diverse opportunities for advancement are all part of what draws in a workforce that drives the success of the entire community.

For more information about the availability of jobs mentioned in this press release, feel free to reach to the Human Resources department at each company:

- Altec Osceola Body Plant, HR Recruiter, Susan Miller, 641-223-8807, email: susan.miller@altec.com

- Iowa Steel Human Resources Director, Kate Patton, 641-342-2134, email: kpatton@countrysidetank.com

- Paul Mueller Company, Lauren Robins, Human Resources Generalist II, 641-342-5521, email: lrobins@paulmueller.com.

If you'd like to learn more about the manufacturing industry and development opportunities available in Clarke County, Iowa, please reach out to Bill Trickey, Executive Director of the Clarke County Development Corporation, at 641-414-1884 or email: info@clarkedev.com.

Related link: https://osceolaclarkedev.com/

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Business, Construction and Building, Facilities and Building Maintenance, Free News Articles, Green Business, Product Launches, Real Estate

Green Janitorial Innovations Spur New Tech Company Focused on Occupant Health

DES MOINES, Iowa -- With over eight years in providing green, sustainable, microbial protection to businesses, schools, and medical facilities throughout the Midwest, The Heritage Group of Des Moines, IA launched a new tech company, SPMC, LLC in the summer of 2020 to be led by SPMC President John Bergman and SPMC Technical Director Joe Johnson.

More than vacuuming, cleaning, and dusting, Heritage Building Maintenance, the custodial and building management arm of The Heritage Group, set themselves apart with their commitment to the integration of WELL building best practices and use of science-based research and technology. Science-Proven Microbial Control® was born out of their objective of cleaning for health. This not only helped customers maintain the wellness of their buildings but also helped protect those who occupy them.

"Disinfecting has always been a thorn in the side of a sustainable green cleaning program," said Johnson. "Over the last eight years we've worked hard to develop Science-Proven Microbial Control® into a real, solutions-based program."

In the spring of 2020, when businesses across the nation were suddenly challenged with crisis-level health and operational obstacles, Heritage's years of experience in microbial control and innovation turned itself into a real-world tested, science-based process that facilitated the founding of SPMC, LLC - the tech company supported by their trademarked program.

From the initial announcements of pandemic spread and the challenges that faced building management, the SPMC, LLC team saw increased interest from Building Services and Commercial Real Estate Management Companies fostering continuous growth and licensing opportunities throughout the year.

While the timing for a start-up could have been challenging for some, SPMC has continued to grow their family of licensees - all while supporting their current customer list including Paramount Building Solutions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, Specialty Maintenance Service out of Omaha, as well as Heritage Building Maintenance in Des Moines. SPMC also continues to educate their business clients and associates on the benefits of Science-Proven Microbial Control®, WELL building best practices, and the use of science and data that supplement traditional cleaning and building maintenance services.

"This takes janitorial services beyond 'straightening up'," says Greg Theroux, Founder and CEO of Heritage Building Maintenance and SPMC, LLC. "While we're in the cleaning business, really, our job is to make our customers' workspaces healthier."

As the Heritage Building Maintenance team continues to provide healthy solutions in custodial and building maintenance services, they and others will become licensees through SPMC, LLC to provide a technologically advanced program that includes a multi-step process, and a scientifically-tested, EPA registered, antimicrobial surface protectant. These treatments are applied through their Test - Treat - Track™ process, creating a superior, data-based cleaning and protection protocol.

John Bergman, who comes from decades of commercial and corporate real estate management, joined the leadership team at SPMC, LLC in January of this year. Together with Technical Director, Joe Johnson, SPMC will continue to innovate and grow its offerings.

"This is so far beyond cleaning, we can't consider ourselves anything less than a tech company," said Bergman. "The data used to support our licensees is groundbreaking."

Bergman went on to explain that through their Science-Proven Microbial Control® program, licensees use testing to set a baseline of cleanliness - at a microbial level - within a building. This establishes a scientifically trackable, data-based health and wellness microbial control protocol for each and every space they serve, providing long lasting protection beyond cleaning and focusing on occupant health and safety.

"Considering our current health-conscious corporate culture," said Bergman. "The availability of this technology sets a new standard for health in the built environment. By providing long-lasting microbial control we re-set the need for hyper disinfecting. This not only provides health and wellness to buildings and occupants, but focuses on sustainability and green best practices."

SPMC, LLC is located in Des Moines, Iowa and currently serves a growing list of licensees and partner companies throughout the Midwest.

If you have questions or would like more information on their Science-Proven Microbial Control® program or licensee opportunities from SPMC, LLC, you can contact John Bergman, SPMC, LLC President at john@spmcglobal.com or go to their Web site at https://spmcglobal.com/.

Related link: https://spmcglobal.com/

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Green Janitorial Innovations Spur New Tech Company Focused on Occupant Health

DES MOINES, Iowa -- With over eight years in providing green, sustainable, microbial protection to businesses, schools, and medical facilities throughout the Midwest, The Heritage Group of Des Moines, IA launched a new tech company, SPMC, LLC in the summer of 2020 to be led by SPMC President John Bergman and SPMC Technical Director Joe Johnson.

More than vacuuming, cleaning, and dusting, Heritage Building Maintenance, the custodial and building management arm of The Heritage Group, set themselves apart with their commitment to the integration of WELL building best practices and use of science-based research and technology. Science-Proven Microbial Control® was born out of their objective of cleaning for health. This not only helped customers maintain the wellness of their buildings but also helped protect those who occupy them.

"Disinfecting has always been a thorn in the side of a sustainable green cleaning program," said Johnson. "Over the last eight years we've worked hard to develop Science-Proven Microbial Control® into a real, solutions-based program."

In the spring of 2020, when businesses across the nation were suddenly challenged with crisis-level health and operational obstacles, Heritage's years of experience in microbial control and innovation turned itself into a real-world tested, science-based process that facilitated the founding of SPMC, LLC - the tech company supported by their trademarked program.

From the initial announcements of pandemic spread and the challenges that faced building management, the SPMC, LLC team saw increased interest from Building Services and Commercial Real Estate Management Companies fostering continuous growth and licensing opportunities throughout the year.

While the timing for a start-up could have been challenging for some, SPMC has continued to grow their family of licensees - all while supporting their current customer list including Paramount Building Solutions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, Specialty Maintenance Service out of Omaha, as well as Heritage Building Maintenance in Des Moines. SPMC also continues to educate their business clients and associates on the benefits of Science-Proven Microbial Control®, WELL building best practices, and the use of science and data that supplement traditional cleaning and building maintenance services.

"This takes janitorial services beyond 'straightening up'," says Greg Theroux, Founder and CEO of Heritage Building Maintenance and SPMC, LLC. "While we're in the cleaning business, really, our job is to make our customers' workspaces healthier."

As the Heritage Building Maintenance team continues to provide healthy solutions in custodial and building maintenance services, they and others will become licensees through SPMC, LLC to provide a technologically advanced program that includes a multi-step process, and a scientifically-tested, EPA registered, antimicrobial surface protectant. These treatments are applied through their Test - Treat - Track™ process, creating a superior, data-based cleaning and protection protocol.

John Bergman, who comes from decades of commercial and corporate real estate management, joined the leadership team at SPMC, LLC in January of this year. Together with Technical Director, Joe Johnson, SPMC will continue to innovate and grow its offerings.

"This is so far beyond cleaning, we can't consider ourselves anything less than a tech company," said Bergman. "The data used to support our licensees is groundbreaking."

Bergman went on to explain that through their Science-Proven Microbial Control® program, licensees use testing to set a baseline of cleanliness - at a microbial level - within a building. This establishes a scientifically trackable, data-based health and wellness microbial control protocol for each and every space they serve, providing long lasting protection beyond cleaning and focusing on occupant health and safety.

"Considering our current health-conscious corporate culture," said Bergman. "The availability of this technology sets a new standard for health in the built environment. By providing long-lasting microbial control we re-set the need for hyper disinfecting. This not only provides health and wellness to buildings and occupants, but focuses on sustainability and green best practices."

SPMC, LLC is located in Des Moines, Iowa and currently serves a growing list of licensees and partner companies throughout the Midwest.

If you have questions or would like more information on their Science-Proven Microbial Control® program or licensee opportunities from SPMC, LLC, you can contact John Bergman, SPMC, LLC President at john@spmcglobal.com or go to their Web site at https://spmcglobal.com/.

Related link: https://spmcglobal.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Manufacturing

Addressing Post-COVID Shipping Shock – How One Iowa Manufacturer Proved U.S. Sourced Materials Provide Advantages in Economy and Efficiency

OSCEOLA, Iowa, -- Miller Products Company in Osceola Iowa, supplier of stock pins and fasteners as well as precision and Swiss CNC machined parts, has seen a significant increase in the demand for quick-turn and custom machining due to the post-COVID shipping challenges.

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit supply chains with port shutdowns, the impact continues to ripple from China through India and around the world. Many manufacturers are still struggling to source parts and materials for their U.S.-based operations. Shortages from overseas as well as price hikes and delays are wreaking havoc with U.S. manufacturing workflows and operational budgets.

With clients reporting overseas pricing increasing three-fold and more, the cost to procure stock pieces from these ports is no longer economical. Production houses, like Miller, who source materials predominantly from the United States are seeing a different kind of post-COVID shock. In the past three weeks, Kerry Richardson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Miller, has booked a handful of new orders based on shipping delays and costs alone.

"We had one client tell us their India supplier pushed their orders back more than three months," said Richardson. "That's a supply chain disaster."

According to a January 2021 feature in The Washington Post (*note 1), "The cost of shipping a container of goods has risen by 80 percent since early November {2020} and has nearly tripled over the past year..." These statistics are based on research provided through the Freightos Basic Index (*note 2).

Miller's Midwest location and proximity to interstate, highway, and rail lines gives them a boost in supply chain efficiency other manufacturing companies lack.

"The bulk of our materials are shipped in daily from all over the U.S.," said Richardson. "From steel out of Chicago to aluminum and plastic out of Phoenix and Wisconsin, it's all accessible and delivered within days from a simple call."

With an extensive warehouse, Miller's stock pins and fasteners, used by a variety of manufacturing operations from agriculture to construction, military contractors, and more, can be ordered and shipped within the U.S. as quickly as four weeks. Custom manufactured parts from their precision CNC and Swiss CNC machines can often be turned within a few weeks as well. Compared to three or four month delays from overseas, this makes all the difference for their customers' operational efficiency.

"After more than 80 years in the industry, through ups and downs, including this pandemic, we know how to make sure our products are cost effective and accessible," said Richardson.

If you have questions about the Miller Products line of stock pins and fasteners or would like to discuss custom, precision, or Swiss CNC machined parts, please reach out to Kerry Richardson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Miller Products Company at 1-800-245-7034, or email sales@millerproductsco.com.

Learn more at: https://www.millerproductsco.com/

Notes:

1 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/01/24/pandemic-shipping-economy/

2 - https://fbx.freightos.com/

About Miller Products Company:

Established in 1936, Miller Products Company is an Osceola, Iowa-based supplier of quality manufactured products including single spindle/CNC, and multi spindle screw machined parts, stock non-threaded pins and fasteners, including a wide variety of lock pins, hitch pins, bent pins, and tension lock hitch pins that are sold throughout the U.S. and international manufacturing markets.

Related link: https://www.millerproductsco.com/

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