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Moving in the Right Direction

July 24, 2007

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The production plants take a week off around the 4th of July; we call it our summer shut down.  At that time we do any major work in the facility or on equipment and get things ready for our upcoming year.  Everything kind of slows down at this time of the year, sales are slow, people are taking vacation, and year end numbers are being reviewed.  The first week back from a shut down is always a concern on how well production will start back up.  Once you are in a routine things happen almost automatically and once you get out of a routine it can take some time to get back into the groove.  This year all of the plants came back from the shut down and we hit that groove early.  That is a good indication that our people, equipment and processes are getting better defined and more reliable.  In a process you are always trying to optimize the repeatability and take variation out.  We may not be totally there but it does give a good indication we are moving in the right direction.

Dean



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