Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: SW Chicago suburbs
In a prior life, before early retirement i worked in a manufacturing co. In wth other , regular production parts we made special fuel tanks for al sorts of tractors, go karts, etc. We hated those orders. Very small infrequent runs, requiring hours of set up on the tooling and sometimes special materials or just differant sized raw steel. None of which fit well with high volume, efficient manufacturing. The sale price was not adequate to prompt shutting off the normal production for a few thousand of a special item. It jsut is what it is. Add to that the fact we are enjoying an early spring throughout most of the midwest I think the manufacturers are being surprised with orders. Scheduling disruptions, special raw material orders are flying everywhere. Snow and winter weather products are being packed away and everyone is scrambling for summer products. One of our product lines was small engine fuel tanks for a major US engine maker. Per my former co-workers they are now working 24/7 to convert lines to summer mowers, tractors, tillers, pumps and the like. And they are sitting on a large inventory of snow thrower and generator fuel tanks.
I know it's not much consolation to you however with the current economy no mfg. co. can afford inventories of raw materials and large tooling changeover costs.
You have basically a choice. Wait them out, tough I know, or go to another manufacturers products. Cobra maybe?
Just cut them all a little slack. The warmer weather has certainly caught everyone unprepared and the early seasonal demand cascades backward throughout the supply system. Maybe right back to the steel mills and coaters.
It is, what it is..... Sorry..... Everone wants to make the sale and I am certain that you are not being personally ignored intentionally. I'd bet that a couple months ago that there were unsold units on the shelves and no one was placing orders.... Demand drives supplies. Hang in there. Someone makes a product that will suit your needs and desires. If not this week, maybe next.
Happy hunting. (Sorry for the ramble, but I know the drill only too well.)