Case Studies

Streamlining Inventory Processes

Doherty Staffing Solutions (Doherty) offers a wide range of customizable employment solutions to meet each company’s hiring needs, whether it’s helping with large-volume temporary staffing, payrolling your contingent workforce or finding the right professional to complete your team. We work alongside human resources managers, leadership team members, and other hiring professionals within your organization to ensure an efficient and timely process.
This workforce success story highlights how Doherty successfully utilized our employment expertise to implement a tailored solution for an employer in the sheet metal manufacturing industry.


This organization is a manufacturer of various sheet metal products, including Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and Fire Safety Cabinets. These products are produced and distributed worldwide from their facility in Minnesota. They also manufacture other customizable metal products that can be used in a variety of industrial and consumer applications.


This company’s core struggle was managing inventory, which caused production and supply chain issues. Doherty first learned of this issue during a routine client check-in call in which the President of the company mentioned being dissatisfied with their new Materials Supervisor. Materials Supervisor roles are often complex, and the position can vary greatly depending on the company’s manufacturing operation. To better understand the role and determine what Doherty could do to help, we offered to have our Career Solutions Manager tour the facility. Upon touring, it was noted that there was unmanaged materials inventory scattered throughout the manufacturing plant.

After inquiring about this, it was revealed that the Production Supervisors and Managers could order products as they saw fit without informing the Materials Supervisor. Because product orders were not consistently reviewed by the Materials Supervisor, this resulted in a number of unfortunate incidents, one of which involved an accidental order of over $10,000 in inventory that could not be reclaimed for 10+ years. The process at the time did not include any centralized production meetings to discuss needs, shopping for new vendors, or a schedule for ordering supplies. In conclusion, the challenge at hand required more than just re-evaluating the Materials Supervisor role.


After visiting this company’s facility, it was determined that restructuring the way materials were managed would resolve this company’s challenges by streamlining the buying process while maintaining production rates and cutting unnecessary expenses. Having a structured process in addition to a defined chain of command garnered great results. Additionally, Doherty was able to modify the Materials Supervisor role by realigning the job description and position responsibilities to find a candidate that would be a right fit. This included offering a higher salary and requiring a background in management. Even though there was a higher salary offered in the realigned role, the cost savings on a yearly basis would pay for these increases within just a few months.


In a short amount of time, Doherty was able to present candidates that would help to shape this company’s future. Some key outcomes this company enjoyed from our employment expertise included streamlined costs, increased production, and more efficient business processes due to a better defined Materials Supervisor role.

As illustrated in this workforce success story, Doherty is familiar with the talent management challenges with streamlining inventory processes and knows how to apply our 40+ years of employment expertise to craft a custom solution that can work for your business.
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