Power to the (other) people!

Jul. 2, 2008, 8:44 AM

Our power is out for a 2nd day in a row. No machinery, no computers, no service - sorry.

Yesterday the power company said there was not enough power to go around so they were cutting it off for a couple hours, part of their rotating blackouts. Turned out to be all day. Today they say they're doing repairs and no idea when done. Just another of the joys of doing business in a developing country.

This, of course, has rapidly accelerated our plan to buy a large backup power system - “rapidly”, as in, buying it today. As you can imagine, the advanced type required for an entire factory and office is not small, not simple and definitely not cheap. We've been looking around for a while due to random but increasing power cuts, so we're ready to buy. We'll put up a photo later.

On a brighter note - pun intended - we recently hired two new managers for the factory, one for the fabrication area, one for the machining area. Both have extensive experience with large metalworking factories, CAD design, machining, welding, mold-making, etc. They're working on new items and fine-tuning how we make current items. Along with some new warehouse staff this has already helped. We have a couple new small molds almost ready and we'll have one nice major product out soon enough that has been sitting around in prototype form but is finally being finished off with their help.


Update: an SMS just arrived that the power is back on. Huzzah!


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