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Cost Management and Estimating
As you position your business to capitalize on the opportunities in the current economy, you can depend on our costing consultants to help you develop processes that will win new business that makes you money and adds to your growth and success.

Cost Management and Estimating

Good costing information makes management decisions easier

For manufacturers like you that survived the Great Recession there is a complex mix of opportunity and challenge. There are fewer companies competing, but the competition for new businesses is fierce.

Every day, you are probably finding yourself asking questions like:
  • What types of opportunities should I chase and what types of opportunities should I walk away from?
  • How low can I go on my pricing?

Insights into cost management and estimating

Our cost management and estimating consultants can help you develop a process to answer questions like these. They have experience applying advanced costing and estimating concepts for manufacturers with small job shops to large repetitive operations, including make-to-stock, assemble-to-order, manufacture-to-order, and engineer-to-order.

They also will come to your project with a proven methodology and a comprehensive set of skills. You will benefit from their knowledge of production and inventory management and their experience with ERP systems, as well as their grasp of the interdependencies between costing applications and manufacturing planning and execution applications.

They are well versed in the treatment of all aspects of costing and estimating, including: excess capacity; engineer and QA support; material handling and storage; set-up/change-over activities; machine vs. labor-intensive operations; cellular operations; discrete, batch, and flow operations; rework, scrap, and reclaim; labor, machine, and overhead rates; and materials and outside processing.

Emphasis on practical solutions

Because our consultants know your industry and will work with you to understand your specific costing and estimating requirements, they can tailor a solution that is suitable to your particular needs. And throughout the process you will be introduced to new tools and gain the confidence to use them so that you can focus on improving your company’s results.

You will appreciate the practical, simple approaches used by our consultants. Their experience and knowledge are so well respected that many industry groups ask them to develop training and education courses for their members.

As you position your business to capitalize on the opportunities in the current economy, you can depend on our costing consultants to help you develop processes that will win new business that makes you money and adds to your growth and success.

“Plante & Moran has assisted us with a multitude of services, from auditing to manufacturing consulting to strategic planning to family and estate planning. Regardless of our needs, they bring a level of intelligence to every situation; they’re consummate professionals.

In the role of manufacturing consulting, they’ve served as consultants to our board of directors. In addition, we’ve participated in several benchmarking studies conducted by both Plante & Moran and the Precision Metalforming Association; those studies have been extremely helpful, not only in terms of benchmarking the Su-Dan Company but also in helping us fulfill our QS and TS certification requirements.”

Dennis Keat
The Su-Dan Company