When strong storms repeatedly ravaged the Texas and Louisiana coasts over the past year, you may have felt the impact at the gas pump. Disruptions in the petrochemical industry, however, also created shortages that have dealt a lasting blow to many manufacturers reliant on petrochemical products. One byproduct of this industry is polyurethane foam, such as is found in seating from automobiles, to boats to furniture.
At Irwin, we are proud of our comfortable padded seats. Our foam, like so many of our components, is sourced from local suppliers. Having suppliers in our own community is critical to minimizing production delays. Daily communications with our suppliers ensure that we receive real time status updates.
The wildfires along the country's West Coast in the past few years began a supply shortages of wood and veneer products that has been exacerbated by COVID. In 2017 alone, an estimated 10 million acres were devoured by the California fires. An increased demand for residential construction is also straining supply for commercial construction projects.
Irwin maintains strong relationships with our longtime suppliers of wood and veneer; relationships that are mutually beneficial and provide us leverage in times of shortage. By forecasting for seasonal trends as well as commodity price increases, we go the extra mile to avoid production delays and keep our customer projects on time and at budget.