Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Welcome to the 21st Century

ACHD took a big step recently in becoming more streamlined and cost effective by signing a contract with Dyna Parts LLC (NAPA Auto Parts) to provide parts for equipment.

ACHD has a maintenance department that services all ACHD's equipment, including the Commuteride vans. Those pieces of equipment run through a lot of parts to the tune of $750,000 a year! Currently, the department has $300,000 in inventory, however, there usually is something missing, I would surmise, since a significant amount of time is spent picking up parts from various dealers who won't or can't deliver in time.

This contract is supposed to allay all that. The inventory will be taken down to a just in time situation, delivered by NAPA. Mechanics can stay in the house and on the job. This should save about $80,000 to $100,000 a year.

Idaho Power has used this system for 10 years and it's obviously worked well for them.

Kudos to Mike Brokaw, Rich Girard and the Maintenance Department for seeing a good idea and going for it.


At September 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At September 23, 2009 at 1:34 PM , Anonymous SGS said...

Hopefully one of many steps to save money, but thank you for taking a step!

At September 24, 2009 at 7:56 PM , Anonymous Cowboy CW said...

Rich is also doing a lot to improve energy efficiency in ACHD facilities. The board might want to recognize him for all his money-saving efforts/

At September 24, 2009 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Sara said...

Well Cowboy, maybe we would but we never seem to hear about this stuff. I reported on this issue because it was a contract that we have to approve. You want to do a guest blog on Rich, send me an e-mail.


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