Getting the company under the same roof is the essential idea, and she elaborates by saying, “We’re able to be more competitive in manufacturing when we have a technologically advanced production floor. Over the years, we’ve updated our equipment with faster machines and better technology to maintain control of labor costs, gradually becoming larger in the limited space we have for production. We have run out of room in our current facility -- to the point that our engineering staff has been relocated to a rented space down the street.”
With the new building, our production and administrative areas will expand from 6,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet of much-needed space.
Maintaining efficiency in the manufacturing process is key to our commitment to produce Digital Sound Decoders in the USA. According to Brad, this allows us to control aspects of manufacturing such as quality, cost, and frequency of production. He further describes that, “by keeping our manufacturing operations here in the states, we have the ability to be extremely agile when it comes to fulfilling orders or responding to market conditions.” Because efficiency will no longer be compromised by space constraints, the new facility has also been designed for what Brad refers to as, “calculated and efficient expansion” for keeping production costs down, and, in turn, for a lower product price.
|East side of the building|
Regarding the building design, Nancy adds that, “While we're not pursuing actual certification, we are following LEED practices when possible to reduce the building’s environmental impact.” Standing for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” LEED is a set of rating systems that specify the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of what is commonly referred to as “green.” She calls it “LEEDing by example,” which is expressive to the role SoundTraxx plays globally and locally, especially in an environmentally-aware city like Durango, Colorado.
|Nancy in her soon-to-be new office|
|Progress at week 35|