Made in the USA, Midwest, and Minnesota
Consumers around the globe understand the quality, integrity, and value associated with products that are “Made in the USA”. Although an item may be assembled “state-side”, that does not mean that its component parts are all American-made.
Harmony Enterprises, a third-generation, family owned manufacturer of recycling and waste equipment based in Harmony, MN, is proud of the fact that their balers, compactors, full product destruction equipment, and beverage extraction machines are built with parts from:
- 99% U.S. Selected Suppliers
- 65% Midwest Preferred Vendors
- 49% Minnesota Chosen Companies
In fact, of the 140 total vendors used by Harmony Enterprises in their production processes, 69 of them are from Minnesota, 14 are from Wisconsin, 8 are from Iowa, 1 from Canada, and 48 from other areas. See the map below for their exact locations:
Harmony Enterprises Suppliers (by Location)
Quality processes, like those practiced and celebrated by many US parts manufacturers, help to create durable and affordable commodities. In addition, many US suppliers have access to the latest advancements in technology and innovation, which leads to greater efficiencies and lower costs in producing their parts. The geographic proximity of these US vendors allows for greater accessibility, as well as a reduced cost of freight and shipping, which, in turn, lowers the cost of the final product.
Most importantly, when companies like Harmony Enterprises support vendors from the United States and the Midwest, they live their mission statement by supporting local communities, business owners, and employees, much like their own.
Putting Theory Into Practice
Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) in business is the act of managing the relationship between a company’s purchasing department and parts vendors. This relationship is critical to the success of any organization but is often overlooked. Many companies tend to focus primarily on their relationship with their consumer base.
According to the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, companies that focus on SRM in addition to their customers, lead their competitive peers five to one in terms of value derived from their supply base.
Companies need to develop a strategic approach in how they create understanding with their suppliers, effective methods for communication, a means of performance analysis, and plans for successful conflict resolution.
Harmony Enterprises has been putting SRM into practice for several years. Under the direction of its Purchasing Manager, Sid Polley, Harmony Enterprises has developed an assessment rubric to identify its most qualified vendors. Utilizing criteria such as on-time delivery, pricing, and quality of the product, Harmony is able to publish a quarterly ranking of their preferred suppliers. These vendors are notified of their ranking and demonstrate a conscientious effort in maintaining their good standing with Harmony. Only those that attain the highest overall marks are considered for long-term partnership with the global recycling and waste solutions provider. This process ensures that Harmony Enterprises’ equipment will continue to be the highest quality, dependability, and value in the industry.
Harmony Enterprises, Inc. makes balers, compactors, and beverage extraction equipment for waste and recycling. We also provide industry leading customer service, preventive maintenance, and warranty options as part of a total solutions approach. We care about the environment and are always working toward making the earth a greener, more sustainable place for generations to come. If you are interested in learning more about our purchasing department and suppliers, or other recycling and waste equipment or services, please contact us here or call us at (507) 886-6666.