Today, with the 1939-45 shooting war more or less behind him, the average manufacturer is waging an economic war of his own against high costs of production. With wages being fairly fixed for the moment, the only way to cut costs is to use more efficient equipment and machinery.
But how will the small plant operator (and 90% of U. S. manufacturers are small plant operators) replace his obsolete machinery when extensive capital for expansion or improvement is not available to him?
To help him out of this dilemma, SURPLUS RECORD begins this month a new series of stories on the advantages of buying reconditioned or rebuilt industrial plant equipment, pointing out the availability, the tremendous capital savings and the comparative efficiency with the latest developments in new equipment. This new series gets right down to business and gives plant management plenty of ammunition for its battle. It will show, and back up its statements with facts, that one of the best weapons is the use of rebuilt and reconditioned surplus equipment.
The economy and the soundness of this practice needs no proof to many of the readers of SURPLUS RECORD. For example, just the other day we heard of a mid-western manufacturer who bought more than a quarter million dollars’ worth of reconditioned and rebuilt machine tools during 1949. His savings in capital investment alone amounted to another quarter million dollars!
The fact that all this equipment was purchased from a single dealer points up the importance of the reliable dealer in the picture. The dealer’s ability to assist in the selection of proper machines at such terrific savings is one of the big factors in the continued success of his customer’s business.
Stories such as this, boiled down to specific machines or installations, will make up the articles which begin this month. They are at the top of our list of recommended reading for plant managers who are in the midst of the fight against high production costs.