Gale Force Surfing

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Gale Force Surfing Seasonal Production Analysis Based on Tim’s suggestion, the sales forecast numbers were used to set up a seasonal production schedule. Holding everything else the same, this led to a significant reduction in interest expense for Gale Force Surfing. The calculations showed a savings of $203,000. Taking into account the expected inefficiencies that may result from switching to a seasonal production schedule, we expect to incur an additional expense of $72,000 (we made an assumption of an expense of 0.5% of each sales dollar), which leaves us with a net gain of $131,000. From a pure numbers standpoint, this absolutely makes sense. The biggest obstacle in implementing this change would be the allocation of our production resources. Using a seasonal production model, we would have two months (January & February) zero production. We would also have three months (May, June, July) that would require more than double our current production. This raises several important questions that need to be answered. 1. Is our current workforce able to produce at a level 2.2x of what they currently do? 2. Are we able to reallocate our workforce in the months were there is less to be produced? This may allow an opportunity to increase efficiencies within other areas of the firm. 3. Would a seasonal production model make more sense if the production was outsourced to a third party company? This would potentially alleviate the challenge of workforce allocation. It is my recommendation that we continue to pursue the seasonal production schedule - again, this makes the most sense from an income sheet perspective. I advise that we hold off on implementing a seasonal production schedule until we have a better understanding of how this change will affect our human capital. If the data comes back favorable

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