ThreeCore Selected by GT Solar to Support Increased Production

Posted on Tue, Jun 01, 2010 @ 11:53 AM

ThreeCore, a specialized supply chain services company, was recently selected by GT Solar to assist their supply chain team in meeting a surge in demand. GT Solar is a leading supplier of polysilicon production technology, crystalline ingot growth systems and related PV manufacturing services to the solar industry. ThreeCore’s supply chain experts helped GT Solar implement a program designed to increase the capacity of the GT Solar’s Merrimack, New Hampshire manufacturing facility.

“With the pick-up in the economy, local manufacturers are doing everything they can to meet their customer’s immediate requirements. GT Solar is approaching the challenge in a strategic way by increasing the capacity and flexibility of their manufacturing operation,” stated Tom Petersen, CEO of ThreeCore. “We have years of experience managing outsourcing programs and we believe that the key element to success is consistent communications. Our team can stay focused on the outsourcing activities because we are not distracted by tactical operations issues.”

“Our business is being driven by the growing demand for alternative energy solutions. Being able to increase the flexibility and capacity of our facility in Merrimack is important for us to keep pace with this demand,” said Rick Tattersfield, Vice President of Operations for GT Solar. “ThreeCore provided the additional expert capacity we needed to quickly expand our global sourcing capacity meet our customer’s expectations and delivery requirements, while continuing to make progress on key strategic initiatives.”

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufacturers with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. Our Integrated Supply programs enable customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of day-today purchasing administration and activity. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com

About GT Solar International, Inc.

GT Solar International, Inc., based in Merrimack, NH, USA, is a leading global provider of polysilicon production technology, crystalline ingot growth systems and related PV manufacturing services for the solar industry. The company's products and services allow its customers to optimize their manufacturing environments and lower their cost of ownership, accelerating the drive towards grid parity. For additional information about GT Solar, please visit www.gtsolar.com

ThreeCore Selected to Source a Multi-Year Contract Logistics Program

Posted on Fri, Apr 02, 2010 @ 08:56 AM

April 2010 – Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a division of Alcatel Lucent, selected ThreeCore to lead the effort to source a contract logistics partner for a multi-million dollar contract for their Meriden, Connecticut location. RFS is the world’s leading supplier of wireless infrastructure equipment with locations in US, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Australia and India. ThreeCore will work with the client’s logistics team to develop a comprehensive Request-for-Proposal, identify potential suppliers, coordinate bidder conferences, collect and analyze bids, arrange on-site presentations and advise in the selection process.

“RFS is a global organization that manufactures its products in six countries and ships to over 70 countries. Logistics excellence is essential for our success in the market. We engaged ThreeCore to make sure that we stayed focused on this sourcing activity and had the data to assist us in making the right choice for our business,” said Phil Limbacher, Director of Customer Excellence for RFS. “Their team has worked with us for years and they have a solid understanding of our organization and our needs. It’s hard to drive a complex sourcing process while managing the business as the same time. Their resources allow us to stay focused on our business while getting us to a point where we can select a key business partner with confidence.”

“We have worked with the team at RFS for the last eight years on a variety of supply chain projects. Over that time, the business has transformed in ways that have put logistics excellence at the forefront of their continued success,” stated Tom Petersen, CEO of ThreeCore. “Finding the right partner for their organization is a complex process because it touches all aspects of their business. The RFS team is committed to investing the resources and time to make the best possible decision. We are very pleased to be a part of this effort.”

About RFS, Inc.

RFS is a global designer and manufacturer of cable and antenna systems plus active and passive RF conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for wireless infrastructure. RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators and installers in the broadcast, cellular, land-mobile and microwave market sectors. As an ISO compliant organization with manufacturing and customer service facilities that span the globe, RFS offers cutting-edge engineering capabilities, superior field support and innovative product design.www.rfsworld.com

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufacturers with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. Our Integrated Supply programs enable customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of day-today purchasing administration and activity. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com

Nutfield Selects ThreeCore to Support Operations Management

Posted on Tue, Nov 03, 2009 @ 09:01 AM

November 2009 - Nutfield Technology designs and manufacturers laser scanning equipment and has selected ThreeCore to provide operations management support. The company is experiencing rapid growth in their business and needs additional top-level resources to ensure they can meet customer requirements. ThreeCore will provide senior operations resources to work with Nutfield’s team to drive improved supply chain performance, manage inventory levels and improve order management and forecasting processes while maintaining customer service levels.

“We have a lean management team and utilizing ThreeCore to support our operations staff provides the organization cost-effective, experienced leadership,” said Bob Milkowski, President of Nutfield Technology. “ThreeCore can help us drive operational improvements based on their experience working with businesses similar to ours. We have seen a substantial increase in orders over the last few months and we need to make sure our suppliers and our manufacturing group are positioned to succeed. The support and assistance that we receive from ThreeCore helps us accomplish this goal.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to support Nutfield’s business. Their growth is being driven in part by their responsiveness to customer requests and short-lead times for their products. They use operational excellence as a differentiator in their market,” said Tom Petersen, President of ThreeCore. “Given the importance of maintaining a high level of customer service, Nutfield is committing time and money to ensure that it continues to excel during a period of increasing customer demand.”

About Nutfield Technology

Nutfield Technology, Inc. designs and manufactures the most advanced galvanometer-based optical scanners, scan heads, control electronics and software products available. NTI was founded by veterans from the scanning industry, each with 15-20 years laser scanning experience. It offers clients a wealth of applications knowledge; vital in selecting the appropriate products for their application. Nutfield's product line is designed to be configured to suit a broad and diverse range of customer requirements. With employees located in the US and Europe, and representative companies throughout the world, NTI is well positioned to meet laser scanning needs worldwide. www.nutfieldtech.com

About ThreeCore, Inc.

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufacturers with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. Our Integrated Supply programs enable customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of day-today purchasing administration and activity. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com

ThreeCore Offers Design-to-Cost Services

Posted on Sun, Jan 04, 2009 @ 09:05 AM

January, 2009 - ThreeCore, a leading supply chain service company, has introduced a new service that helps development teams meet their product cost targets. Many companies launch a new product development based on a cost target that forms the basis of their financial justification. Frequently, teams fail to achieve these targets due to design changes and optimistic cost projections, leaving the responsibility for driving out cost to the operations organization once the product has been released. Unfortunately, options for reducing cost at this point are limited and take time to achieve causing the product’s cost structure and margin contribution to be outside the original expectations.

ThreeCore’s Design-to-Cost service helps companies achieve their cost goals from the launch date of a new product. ThreeCore offers clients a proven methodology for driving out costs during the design phase. Clients are assigned a senior supply chain resource that works as a part of the development team. This individual works with the product design group to maintain accurate product cost models, assists in developing specifications that lead to more cost effective component choices, identifies suppliers that can provide alternative solutions to minimize cost, as well as, offering design options that can assist in a meeting a fixed cost objective.

The company has provided this service to a number of organizations with product ranging from complex, high-tech capital equipment to low cost consumer devices. “Our clients participate in highly competitive global markets and cannot afford to miss cost target,” said Tom Petersen, President of ThreeCore. “Product life cycles are shortening: there is very little opportunity to drive cost out of a design for product that will peak in demand over the first 18 months following release. Having an expert on design-to-cost methodologies as part of the design team can make the difference between a breakout product and a failure.”

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufacturers with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. Our Integrated Supply programs enable customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of day-today purchasing administration and activity. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com

ThreeCore Establishes International Sourcing Office in Malaysia

Posted on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 @ 09:07 AM

Global manufacturing center offers low-cost alternative and manufacturing expertise

Beverly, Mass., August 4, 2008 – Companies are turning to ThreeCore’s international supply chain expertise to help manage more materials, reduce the time it takes companies to acquire materials from overseas while minimizing total purchasing costs. ThreeCore has a staff of supplier experts on the ground in both Penang and China to represent its customers’ interests and consistently provide quality product on-time.

Companies are turning to ThreeCore’s international supply chain expertise to help manage more materials, reduce the time it takes companies to acquire materials from overseas while minimizing total purchasing costs. ThreeCore has a staff of supplier experts on the ground in both Penang and China to represent its customers’ interests and consistently provide quality product on-time.

“As a contract manufacturer working in a very competitive environment, we want to avoid becoming dependent on any part of the world,” says Peter Frasso, CEO of Segue Manufacturing. “With ThreeCore diversifying its international supply base to include places like Penang, we can take advantage of its established supply base, and in turn lower our risk and the natural offset to the inflation that we are seeing in China.”

“Malaysia has been developed as a high-tech manufacturing center for thirty years, primarily in the disk drive industry, which led to the growth of high-quality suppliers in sheet metal, machining and integration. Over the last five years, Malaysia has become more competitive with other low-cost regions as they have improved productivity and investment in new equipment,” adds Tom Petersen, President and CEO at ThreeCore. “Anyone that takes advantage of the benefits of global sourcing has found that it is crucial to diversify into different parts of the world to take advantage of their areas of expertise. ThreeCore continues to offer its customers the necessary tools and services to benefit from global sourcing and looks to expand into Vietnam and India in the near future.”

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. Its Integrated Supply program enables customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of the day-today purchasing administration. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufactures with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com

Segue Manufacturing Partners with ThreeCore for Global Sourcing Expertise

Posted on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 @ 09:11 AM

Sourcing proficiency helps deliver product from design to finished product in less than 3 months

Beverly, Mass., June 8, 2008 – ThreeCore, a leader in supply chain services, announced today that Segue Manufacturing, one of New England’s leading contract manufacturers, has partnered with ThreeCore to manage global procurement from China and Malaysia in order to help manage inventory, lower costs and reduce procurement workload.

“Contract manufacturing is a demanding, competitive space in which you have to achieve the lowest possible costs in order to compete. We knew we had to access low-cost, global sources but did not necessarily have the time or expertise in house to manage it on our own,” comments Peter Frasso, CEO at Segue Manufacturing. “By utilizing the purchasing expertise at ThreeCore, we were able to respond to the competitiveness of the market, access global supply chains and continue to support our customers with outstanding service and costs.”

Recently, Segue Manufacturing was asked to manufacture an electronics cabinet with strict cost and lead time requirements. With an already heavy procurement workload, Segue turned to ThreeCore to help manage the project. Utilizing existing suppliers and a team of supplier experts on the ground in China, ThreeCore was able to source the cabinet from design to finished product in less than three months, at a price that met the strict guidelines of the customer. “This would have been extremely difficult for us to manage on our own. ThreeCore provides us access to global sources that help us win new business and make us more competitive for our existing customers,” adds Frasso.

“Segue customers typically manufacture moderate volume and a high mix of products. This mix lends itself well to ThreeCore’s expertise where we can best utilize our database of suppliers and our international procurement offices and systems to support our customers,” comments Tom Petersen, President and CEO at ThreeCore. “This will provide Segue and its customers with increased part availability, reduced inventory levels and lower costs. And, Segue has the opportunity to spend more time managing their top priority, “A-value” items.”

About Segue

Segue Manufacturing Services (www.segue-mfg.com) is one of New England's leading contract manufacturers, providing a wide range of services that includes Turn-Key Manufacturing, Electro-Mechanical Assembly, Cable Design and Fabrication, Global Sourcing, Machining and Product Engineering. Segue is the prime supplier to some of the regions most innovate companies in the military, solar, medical, semiconductor and industrial markets. The Company's success is based on its ability to provide high value, cost effective manufacturing solutions from its modern 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility and through leveraging its engineering services and global sourcing capability.

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. Its Integrated Supply program enables customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of the day-today purchasing administration. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufactures with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com.

ThreeCore Triples Integrated Supply Business

Posted on Mon, Jan 07, 2008 @ 09:14 AM

Customers leverage international procurement offices to manage inventory

Beverly, Mass., January 7, 2008 – ThreeCore, a leader in supply chain services, announced today that sales of its integrated supply service has tripled over the previous 12 months and is currently managing more than 1,000 unique items. Companies are turning to ThreeCore’s integrated supply program as a way to manage more materials with fewer people. Customers identify a group of parts and it is ThreeCore’s responsibility to source, negotiate, manage, transport and store the materials so they can be delivered in an on-demand pull format. Customers benefit from a reduced workload, lower costs and increase part availability.

“It’s hard to manage a global supply base from the states. By leveraging ThreeCore’s services and its international procurement partnerships, we are able to realize the benefits of sourcing globally but still pull materials locally and in the end lower our costs,” comments Rick Goyette, Purchasing Manager, Speedline Technologies. “Instead of managing 12 different suppliers for over 100 parts, we simply manage ThreeCore, unburdening my team and helping us to become more competitive in our U.S. manufacturing facilities. ThreeCore has provided us significant purchasing benefits and we look forward to continuing the relationship.”

ThreeCore introduced it Integrated Supply service in the fall of 2006 and just completed a second profitable year. “Today, customers do not want to spend their time managing low dollar parts. They want a service provider to manage a group of parts across a variety of commodity types so that they can focus their limited resources on strategic items,” said Tom Petersen, President and CEO of ThreeCore. “Our customers want to source globally and utilize the same vendor managed inventory services they have implemented with their domestic suppliers. ThreeCore helps them achieve this objective.”

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. Its Integrated Supply program enables customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of the day-today purchasing administration. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufactures with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com.

ThreeCore Spins Off Online Sourcing Platform

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 @ 09:25 AM

SourcingAnalyst opens new, global markets for suppliers and enables buyers and engineers to place online RFQ’s with unlimited supply base participation

Beverly, Mass., October 23, 2007– ThreeCore, a leader in supply chain services, announced today the spin-off of an online sourcing platform, SourcingAnalyst, that will enable sourcing professionals and engineers to find their next supplier in the United States or abroad and also place online request for quotations (RFQ’s) with an unlimited number of suppliers.

SourcingAnalyst provides information that is most useful to sourcing professionals in a range of different manufacturing processes including CNC Milling, CNC Turning and Sheet Metal and Fabrication and Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) and across more than 30 different countries.

The service provides the following benefits:

  • Full access to over 2500 suppliers from more than 30 different countries with new suppliers being added daily,
  • Unbeatable search tools with over 25 different search criteria,
  • All RFQ's have an assigned supply chain consultant and unlimited supply base participation,
  • Unique revenue model allows buyers and suppliers to participate in online RFQ with no annual or monthly fees,
  • Unlimited supply base participation in RFQs.

"SourcingAnalyst offers us an innovative approach to market ourselves on the internet and obtain new business outside of our normal sales boundaries," said John Kennedy, President and Owner at Team Solutions. "We've created a free, detailed listing on SourcingAnalyst.com that promotes our strengths and areas of expertise. This is a terrific, non-traditional approach for us to reach a broader audience of buyers to help grow our customer base and net new business."

Online RFQ Process Streamlines Procurement

In addition to access to detailed supplier listings, SourcingAnalyst allows buyers and suppliers to participate in a unique, online request-for-quote (RFQ) process. The system allows buyers and suppliers to participate in the RFQ process with no monthly or annual subscription fees. Small fees are assessed to suppliers when awarded a job. Additionally suppliers have the option to promote their on-line representation though priority listings and advertising.
“Over the years our team of industry experts has realized the lack of valuable information on the web to help sourcing professionals find manufacturing suppliers both in the United States and abroad. SourcingAnalyst.com was created to help fill that void,” said Christine Nolan, Product Manager at SourcingAnalyst. "Our goal is to give purchasing professionals the tools to manage their work efficiently. Our solution provides a dynamic database of global suppliers that is unparalleled in the industry. This benefits both sides of the procurement process: suppliers obtain exposure to new markets and business and buyers can access an online global supply base and the tools needed to accelerate the procurement process and bring immediate efficiencies to their organization."

About SourcingAnalyst.com

SourcingAnalyst.com is a leading source of information on global production material suppliers, providing engineers and purchasing professionals from the world's leading organizations with the tools and data required to make informed sourcing decisions. SourcingAnalyst's approach that information should be free, allows suppliers and buyers to participate in the process with no monthly or annual fees, allowing access to a whole new market of suppliers from both the United States and abroad to support the supplier selection process, meet competitive pressures and streamline the procurement process.
SourcingAnalyst is a privately held company that was founded in Beverly, MA by Thomas Petersen, the President and CEO. To find out more about SourcingAnalyst, please visit www.sourcinganalyst.com or email [email protected].

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. Its Integrated Supply program enables customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of the day-today purchasing administration. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufactures with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com.

ThreeCore Opens New Warehouse, Strengthening Integrated Supply Program

Posted on Tue, May 15, 2007 @ 09:22 AM

Expansion enables customers to streamline part procurement and better meet the requirements of a competitive marketplace

Beverly, Mass., May, 2007– ThreeCore, a leader in supply chain services, announced today the opening of a new warehouse in Beverly, Mass. The warehouse will provide ThreeCore customers with inventory management that will improve material availability, decrease lead times, streamline procurement and lower costs.

ThreeCore works across many industries including medical, life science, electronics, capital equipment, semi-conductor and telecommunications markets that are seeing pressure to source globally, manage inventory more effectively, improve part availability and reduce costs. The new warehouse allows ThreeCore to supply its customers with parts from a global supply chain but with the same logistics as if the parts were manufactured next door.

“The life science market continues to feel the pressure to lower costs and deliver products faster. We considered global sourcing for cost reductions but we couldn’t wait the standard 13 weeks it takes to get parts in the door from overseas,” comments Jim Bray, Purchasing Manager at Caliper Life Sciences. “ThreeCore now manages a global supply base for us and delivers parts when we need them, as if our supplier was right across the street from us.”

“Operating in today's global, high-tech and intricate economy has become so complex that it is very difficult for organizations to internally possess all of the skills, focus and resources needed to compete,” adds Tom Petersen, President and CEO at ThreeCore. “With our expertise and focus, our supply chain experts have become proficient in procuring and managing parts from both local and international suppliers. The addition of our warehouse is further affirmation that we are here to meet the demands of our customers and help them compete in the global economy.”

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. Its Integrated Supply program enables customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of the day-today purchasing administration. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufactures with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com.

ThreeCore Establishes International Sourcing Office in Shanghai, China

Posted on Mon, Feb 05, 2007 @ 09:19 AM

Customers source globally without the added logistics of supplier discovery, qualification, negotiation and implementation

Beverly, Mass., February 5, 2007 – ThreeCore, a leader in supply chain services, announced today the opening of a new procurement office in Shanghai, China. The office opening is a culmination of a 12 month plan to strengthen ThreeCore’s ability to provide customers with the advantages of global sourcing without the time and dollar commitment associated with international supplier discovery, qualification, negotiation and implementation. The office will enable ThreeCore customers to readily find pre-qualified suppliers of low-cost production materials such as machined parts, sheet metal, pc boards, engineered plastics, and cables and harnesses.

“We needed to improve our cost of goods and we looked to global sourcing to do that. Once we had established suppliers in Asia, we needed to have someone on the ground to manage daily work,” comments Jim Bray, Purchasing Manager at Caliper Life Sciences. “Threecore has helped us accomplish this without establishing and managing it ourselves. Their team of dedicated sourcing professionals represents our interests and helps deliver on-time, quality, cost-effective product that we will continue to leverage into the future.”

“Everyone is aware of the advantages of sourcing globally but are not always equipped with the knowledge and time commitment needed to locate capable suppliers overseas,” said Tom Petersen, President and CEO of ThreeCore. "With today's announcement, we have removed the inefficiencies of sourcing globally, enabling our customers to bring products to market faster with increased profitability.”

About ThreeCore

ThreeCore provides manufacturing organizations with a range of services to reduce their cost of procurement. Its Integrated Supply program enables customers to focus on their strategic issues, while ThreeCore plans, sources and manages lower dollar parts that generate the majority of the day-today purchasing administration. The company’s consulting services provide sophisticated manufactures with on-demand strategic sourcing services ranging from global sourcing initiatives to design-for-cost programs. For additional information please visit us at www.threecore.com.