Facing Supply-Chain Challenges
May 31, 2022
Facing Challenges Finding Enclosed Cargo Trailer Components
The Covid pandemic has brought on its share of challenges. In the world of B2B, perhaps the greatest challenges have come with supply-chain struggles. The Raynor Company has not been immune to these challenges, and we have had to pivot to find new sources for both aluminum extrusions and sprint assist (sometime called ramp assist) components. When I say we have searched the globe for these products, I'm telling the truth. Prior to the crisis, we had a set of suppliers who did a great job of keeping our pipeline full. However, during the past couple of years, that has drastically changed. We were forced to find additional suppliers, some that were in regions we had not explored before.
Our first success came with finding an additional source for our aluminum extrusions. Our primary offering of aluminum extrusions are used for the enclosed cargo trailer market. The aluminum extrusion we sell is used for the trim pieces and consist of the following: Top Rail, Bottom Rail, Rub Rail, Drip Rail, H-Frame, Awning Rail, Angles, Square & Rectangular Tubes, Coves, Concession Hinges, Door Frames, C-Channels, J-Channels, and Z-Rails. We did a plant visit with our primary new supplier, and we were amazed at the use of automation and resulting quality of their products. With the addition of our new suppliers, we now have an abundance of inventory, and ready to supply our customers with all of their aluminum extrusion requirements.
A greater challenge was finding a new source for the spring assist (ramp assist). We purchase multiple components that when assembled in house, make up spring assist in sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8-wide. Not only did we find sources for the components, but we had to add equipment to the mix to help with a manufacturing process that was a constraint for one of our suppliers. When faced with a challenge, a successful company must be willing to adapt, and that is exactly what we have done. Along the way, we have faced challenges with each component that is used for the final spring assist assemblies. We have an ample supply scheduled to arrive in the month of June. Barring any unforeseen transit issues, we will be able to supply the entire cargo trailer industry with all the spring assist it needs by the end of June.
The Raynor Company would like to thank all of our customers who faced the supply-chain challenges with us. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now. If you are not an existing customer, but one in need of a supplier for aluminum extrusion and/or spring assist, please reach out to us today.