We are excited to see schools reopening, but we are now navigating through unprecedented times of material shortages and allocation limits.
Diversified Woodcrafts has routinely stocked higher inventory levels of our most popular products and materials to build those products to keep up with summer demand. As seen industry-wide, we are all now navigating through unprecedented material cost increases and are now faced with a new challenge—raw material to build the products. This material now has dramatically extended lead times and is limited on the amounts of materials we are able to buy. A few examples of our suppliers typical and current lead times are:
We ask for your understanding as we work with our suppliers to procure our necessary materials as quickly as we can. Our typical summer lead times are 5-6 weeks, we will do our best to maintain the shortest lead times possible, but you can expect lead times to stretch out during the busy months. We understand that the material shortages mean some schools will not have their product when school starts. We are doing our best to get materials in. Please contact us with any questions.
Q: How long have you’ve been at Diversified Woodcrafts?
I’ve been with DWI since September 30th, so about 7 months.
Q: What experience do you have in the industry?
I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years. Began working with an Independent Rep Organization in the Chicago area, then moved on to become the National Sales Manager at Correll.
Q: What makes you & DW a good fit?
In my short time with DWI, you see the work ethic, attention to detail, and dedication in servicing our customers. Those are all qualities that I value and feel that I also possess. Also, my responsibilities are very similar to those I’ve held for the past 16 years, and I have familiarity with just about all of the Reps that we have in place. It’s a great group, the best in the business!
Q: What has been the biggest surprise or your best moment so far?
I knew DWI had a great reputation, but after announcing my hiring, all the congratulatory comments from Reps and Customers evolved around how great a company DWI is to work for. And the plant is unbelievable. I’ve never seen a cleaner plant than Diversified Woodcrafts.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge?
Nothing like being 7 months into a new job and having a pandemic hit. Other than that, I would say learning the DWI product line has been the most challenging part—because it is so vast. And also, coming from a company that I was with for 16 years, then starting with a new company always presents some challenges.