KDC & Associates Ltd.

522 S. Northwest Hwy.
Suite 8-UL
Barrington, IL 60010

Phone: 847-970-0077
Fax: 847-913-1862


Recent Content on TheFabricator for KDC & Associates Ltd.

April 29, 2015
Employee retention: The first 30 days
Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money to train new hires, only to lose them six to 12 months later. Why did they leave? Quite often the reasons go back to their first 30 days on the job.
April 13, 2015
Truth on the shop floor
If truth comes from the shop floor, everyone should hear it.
March 10, 2015
The power of why
A great company has a “why” culture, one that encourages employee engagement and people don’t hesitate to ask “Why?” to find the true answer, based not on guesses or rumor, but on factual evidence.
January 28, 2015
The hiring question in metal fabrication: Experience or potential?
Should you hire people with experience or rookies with good potential? It depends on the situation, but training and developing the inexperienced has become more important than ever. There just aren’t enough people with experience to go around.
January 20, 2015
The capacity dilemma in custom metal fabrication
During this long, slow economic recovery, there’s plenty of churn in the market. Customers are less hesitant to change suppliers to get what they want. In this environment, having insufficient capacity has become very risky.
December 18, 2014
New squeezes on the small metal fabricator
The custom fabrication market is changing as more customers—with a single-minded focus on price—stipulate new performance demands for quality, delivery, service, responsiveness, and payment terms. Should custom fabricators rethink how they are structured and how they operate to offset what could be fatal weaknesses?
November 6, 2014
Metal fabrication, efficiency, and safety
Morality and fear often drive safety investments. People don’t want to see people get hurt, and they don’t want fines from a terrible accident to put them out of business. But there’s another driver that’s sometimes overlooked: efficiency. Safety is an important part of the foundation for efficiency and operational improvement.
October 22, 2014
Staffing the comeback
It’s no secret—this industry has a tough time finding people, and as demand has increased in recent years, the problem has gotten worse. Just how many people does this industry need to compete, what talents do they need to have, and how can a company attract the best? To address these questions requires realistic planning based not on perceptions, but on facts.
August 28, 2014
How to get scheduling right
Many point to scheduling as one of the most challenging aspects of running a custom fabrication business. Why, exactly? Sometimes it’s the software, but quite often, it boils down to the inputs used to create the schedule in the first place.
July 30, 2014
Scheduling high-mix, low-volume operations
Scheduling remains one of the most complicated, least predictable aspects of contract metal fabrication. But why is this exactly, and what can a shop do to change this? In this first article in a series, Dick Kallage uncovers the answers.

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