Well, here we are, the first day of 2010.  It has been a challenging year for many of us, given the state of the economy, but I am proud to say that Sew What? has weathered the storm and come out strong.

One of the elements that has really helped Sew What? in this tough economy is the implementation of lean manufacturing principles.  While other companies faced red ink, our ability to become more efficient through lean manufacturing has allowed us to cut costs (without cutting staff) and remain profitable.  The assistance of our lean manufacturing consultant, Angel De Sevilla, and all of the folks at CMTC (California Manufacturing Technology Consulting) has been invaluable.  CMTC really is a terrific resource for small manufacturing businesses like Sew What?

Even more important, in my opinion, is the dedication of the staff here at Sew What?  Everyone here has contributed to the continuing success of the company, from the cutters and sewing machine operators, to the quality control team and project managers, from the Shipping & Receiving Coordinator to the Production Manager and Director of Operations, to the Sales Team, Bookkeeper, Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Manager, Sales Support, and the Sew What? Management team.

Do you remember that old cliche (I think it came out during the Clinton administration) – it takes a village to raise a child?  Well, Sew What? reminds me of that.  The products we produce – custom stage curtains, digitally printed backdrops, exhibit booth drapery – aren’t produced by just one person, or even one department.  It takes the entire team to make this company shine, and I am proud to say that (despite the occasional squabble, as will occur from time to time in any family), we really are a family.

So, from our family to yours, here’s wishing you a Happy and Successful 2010!

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