August 22). When Plasan Sasa proved unable to meet the supply requirements, IMG then developed its own domestic supply chain for armor and fabrication, retaining SFI as a major subcontractor. Although SFI currently conducts a large part of the fabrication for IMG, the armor plate sourcing is handled entirely by IMG.
SFI did military work in the past, but the MRAP program was the first involving armor, which requires different procedures for welding and other fabrication. It also
represents the first experience working under a DX rating. The large amount
required an increase in work force, positions, SFI held numerous job fairs
and started an in-house welding school to
of work fill new improve
the skills of its welders. Concerning between the three company facilities as
the DX rating, the company had to shift work well as outsource some work in order to establish
the most efficient production mix. In some MRAP program, but other SFI customers Collins, & Daniel, 2008, August 22).
pre-existing orders were delayed patient given the circumstances
by the (Carr,
An initial area of concern for SFI as work began on the MRAP program involved CARC paint, which is required for all military vehicles. Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) is not widely used within industry, few companies are certified in its
application, and capacity is typically small for those was sub-contracting work to four different CARC
that are. painters
As of August 2008, (2008, August 22).
addition, the use inefficiency in the
of multiple, supply chain,
geographically dispersed as fabricated components
subcontractors introduced are shipped from the SFI
facility in Memphis to places such as Fort paint, while the West Point MaxxPro plant facility.
Wayne, IN, and Huntsville, AL, for CARC is only 150 miles south of the SFI Memphis
This look at SFI provides key insight at the lower levels of the supply chain. First, the industrial base can and does quickly respond to urgent, lifesaving DoD requirements. Obviously, financial incentive existed in this program for a company such as SFI, but managers also spoke of the moral imperative they felt to support this program. A second observation is that the SFI CARC paint issues demonstrate the detail in which
the supply chain must be examined when attempting a rapid acquisition. SFI is one of 78