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Bryan Rubber Plant - International Shoe Company, Inc.
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This paper is an energy case study of a failing American manufacturing process suffering from: . outdated ideas . misinformation . plant vs management misunderstanding . counterproductive methods . inefficient practices . old equipment . foreign competition . rising utility rates Surprisingly, foreign competition and rising utility rates were the motivation for the energy study and subsequent implementation but they had little to do with the real problems of excessive manufacturing costs. This Project started in July 1981, and was finally completed in June 1983. It was very successful in immediately reducing utility costs by approximately 40%. It would be really wonderful to announce that the Plant, by lowering its utility costs that much, reestablished its share of the market, became profitable, increased output and employment, and is a now vital American industry. But, it's not. As of July 1985, it's barely hanging on.
Ponder, W. M. (1985). Bryan Rubber Plant - International Shoe Company, Inc.. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from