Category: Involvement

An Economical Option for Innovation

When your product development or manufacturing company needs design, engineering or business services not currently employed, the most typical solution is to outsource the work to a consulting or design firm. There is now a new, cost-effective, novel program at Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) which utilizes students to bring about high-value manufacturing projects as part of their curriculum. These young minds are eager to learn and willing to expend time and effort to bring about successful projects. When properly mentored and guided by CDME’s experienced staff, they are capable of doing incredible things.

While there is often a trepidation with using students, CDME embraces their passion and creativity to delivery on high-value projects successfully. Our engineering director, Nate Ames, has often been heard stating that one of the biggest values of students is that they are “unencumbered by experience”. While experience is a great trait in our senior engineering staff, students who do not have decades of industry experience are able to look at product design and innovation problems with a fresh perspective.

CDME is proud to have recently launched the Experiential Entrepreneurship Education (E3). This program is the first of its kind in the nation to combine state-of-the-art educational programs in product design, manufacturing, commercialization, and business modeling with advanced on-site prototyping capabilities and real-time, industry-sponsored research and development projects. We are proud to offer another option to innovate for the small to medium-sized manufacturing market. You are encouraged to bring your innovative ideas and engineering challenges to the program and allow these bright students the opportunity to develop your product into a commercial, competitive deliverable. The students gain experience, advance in the E3 program and are gainfully employed. You gain a customized and marketable product.

The E3 program is made possible by a generous donation from an alumnus of Ohio State’s College of Engineering. Those who complete the E3 program will be much more prepared than their peers upon graduation and will start value-added employment from day one. For more information on this program, click here.

By Eric Wagner Program Manager, Manufacturing Extension Partnership at The Ohio State University

China Manufacturing Holidays and Production Delays

The Chinese New Year of 2018 starts on February 15th, and lasts until February 21st. While this is a major event that is still largely unknown outside of Asia, importers are sometimes painfully… aware of this season. They certainly have good reasons. The Chinese New Year shuts down every single production facility in the entire country, for varying time frames. In the worst case, and rather likely, scenario – the Chinese New Year can result in severe delays.

Although the official dates of the Chinese National holidays are helpful to understand, it is equally important to know the range of dates around the holiday that are impacted. It is difficult to plan supply chains with inconsistent schedules.

The unofficial dates are what allow the factory workers to visit relatives they may not have seen since the previous year’s holiday. The two holidays with the most days off are the Chinese New Year (mid-February) and the Chinese National Holiday (early October). Both are officially celebrated for a full week. Factory workers that are employed in big metropolitan areas tend to follow the official dates more closely since their relatives are closer geographically, or easier to get to. But, many factories close two weeks prior to the holiday and may not open with a full staff until two weeks after the holiday.

It is also helpful to look at it this way: if a factory closes two weeks before Chinese New Year, and workers do not fully return until two weeks after, that factory will not only have no production during that time, but it will also take a few days after the employees return to get things back up to speed.  Then if you look deeper in to that factory’s material supplier, they will also be delayed, resulting in another week. Finally, the large amounts of containers that did not make it out before the holiday will take time to be processed. Ultimately, it is wise to forward plan for 4-8 weeks of delays during these times of the year. But why let that be a deterrent from all the positive aspects of working with Chinese manufacturers?

As a company who has been working closely with a lot of Chinese Manufacturers, one of our suggestions is better planning. By having a better understanding about the Chinese holidays and non-working days, U.S. manufacturers should be able to plan their production. Ensure that production starts in late December, at latest. That assumes in average production time is around 30 to 40 days. If it takes more than 40 days, we start counting backwards and look to have a “buffer stock” in our warehouse. Try to have a minimum 2 weeks’ worth of “buffer stock” between the end date of the production, and the date they close. We also attached a Chinese calendar to help.


New Year’s Day 2018:  Jan 1st. No makeup days.

Spring Festival/Chinese New Year: Feb 15th to 21st, makeup days on Feb 11th and 24th

Qing Ming Festival: 5 Apr to 7 Apr, makeup day on Apr 8th.

May Labor Day: Apr 29th to May 1st, makeup day on May 28th.

Dragon Boat Festival: Jun 16th – 18th, no makeup day.

Mid-Autumn Festival: Sep 22nd – 24th, makeup days on Sept 29th – 30th.

October National Day:  Oct 1st – 7th, no makeup day.

Without Growth, There is Just Stagnation.

Following this mantra, 889 achieved goals to grow in 2016 and the first half of 2017. In sum total, we’ve added two project managers, four sales representatives, and three administrative personnel over the past year and a half. We’ve implemented new processes, including a comprehensive customer service strategy, a reformed management structure, and a redux of our logistics management procedures. By 2017, our custom built-to-print parts entered the automotive aftermarket for the first time. Additionally, we’ve expanded our vendor network to provide even more high quality investment castings and aluminum forgings. You may have already seen it (and if you haven’t, check it out!), but we launched a new website to start the year, far more accurately displaying the diverse capabilities 889 has to offer its clients.

Now, we aren’t telling you all this simply to brag (only a little bit for that). Instead, we want to plug that to which we believe we owe this success. In 2015, 889 began to implement a system called the “Entrepreneurial Operating System” (EOS), popularized by Gino Wickman in his business strategy book Traction. Through the help of implementer and friend of the company Rich Russakoff and diligent study by Judy Huang and others, our team has been able to “get a grip” on our goals over the past year and a half thanks to the ideas espoused in Traction.

In Traction, Gino Wickman argues that businesses often stagnate or fail because the company vision and purpose is not shared by all members of the organization. To defeat this evil, Mr. Wickman proposes the “Entrepreneurial Operating System,” designed to optimize the core components of any business.

As with any business strategy, Traction is a map, not the territory. It is designed for customization in implementation, and that has certainly been the case at 889. The journey of defining how we can best utilize EOS has been fun, challenging, and ultimately rewarding.

With Traction at our backs, we are fully prepared to turn our sights to 2018 and beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!
Check out Traction and the EOS at their website: here

Did You Catch That Show?

Our trade show schedule has dramatically bulked up this year. We have more than doubled the amount of shows attended through many regions across the U.S. including California, Florida, Michigan, Indianapolis, Illinois, and Ohio. We would love to share our experiences with you in September and October where we will be exhibiting for the first time ever at AmCon Cleveland as well as the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council Conference in Detroit highlighted below:

  • AmCon Cleveland, OH (September 19-20) – a design and contract manufacturing expo where buyers and engineers can find prospective suppliers.
  • NMSDC Detroit, MI (October 23-25) – a business exchange for the council that has succeeded in matching over 12,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations.

From July through November, we will be appearing at shows in Washington, Las Vegas, Columbus, Cleveland, and Detroit. The educational takeaways from this rigorous schedule have been priceless, enlightening us on the most recent trends in the Healthcare, Manufacturing, and General Industrial industries.

See below to see the highlighted trade show schedule:

  • MD&M West Anaheim, CA (February 7-9) – the biggest medical design and manufacturing show in North America.
  • HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Orlando, FL (February 19-23) – a record breaking turn out from medical device, medical furniture, and healthcare industry leaders.
  • Ohio Deer & Turkey Columbus, OH (March 17-19) – learned from experts on new trends in habitat management, outdoor gear, and hunting equipment.
  • AD&M Cleveland, OH (March 23) – a show for job shops with enlightening keynote speeches regarding electric energy.
  • PMTS Columbus, OH (April 25-27) – North America’s biannual show unique to Precision Machining and the equipment, materials, and services within the industry.
  • OHCA Convention & Expo Columbus, OH (May 1-3) – a three-day exhibition with over 3,000 attendees of all experience levels under one roof supplemented with educational workshops.
  • AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition Washington, DC (July 23-26) – a centralized event for providers, affiliates, and vendors involved in the healthcare supply chain.
  • AOPA World Congress Las Vegas, NV (September 6-9) – this orthotic and prosthetic show will congregate 2,500 participants from 43 countries.
  • Gear Expo Columbus, OH (October 24-26) – design, manufacturing, application engineering, and gear buyers.


The attendance of these shows has further engaged us with our clients as well as potential clients across North America and Asia. We would love to see you at one of the upcoming events to hear about how 2017 is going for you!

Continue the Mother’s Day Celebration with Race for the Cure

To continue our support for research on breast cancer and breast cancer patients, we want to take the opportunity to share Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure this Saturday, May 20th in Downtown Columbus.

Susan G. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker in 1982 after her sister Susan passed away two years prior.  Currently, the organization is the world’s largest source of funding among nonprofits that are devoted to eliminate breast cancer. The organization has invested more than $ 2.9 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Their efforts helped in the reduction of breast cancer deaths by 38% between 1989-2014 and they aim to end breast cancer.

The race offers the options of a 5K-run and a 5K-walk. In the survival ceremony, you’ll find an amazing group of survivors who are supportive of each other and whose spirits drive us to contribute to the cause. If you can’t make it to the race this weekend, you can donate here. Every dollar will go towards breast cancer related research and initiatives, as well as assisting uninsured and underinsured patients. You can find more ways to get involved here.

First-time attendee of OHCA Convention and Expo

What an exciting time for Columbus! The Ohio Healthcare Association (OHCA) was established in 1946 and has grown immensely to represent 800 nursing facilities, assisted-living communities, and other intermediate care facilities with over 100,000 individuals in Central Ohio. Last week (May1-4) they hosted their Annual Convention and Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

On Wednesday, May 3rd we went over to the show to experience the thousands of attendees, enormous exhibit hall, enlightening keynote speakers, and hundreds of educational sessions right here in the heart of Ohio. 889 Global Solutions has provided for this industry for over a decade, so what greater opportunity to learn more!

We met with many influential industry leaders, directors, department heads, and experts enabling us to create long-term business relationships. We want to thank OHCA for the experience and look forward to meeting more healthcare personnel next year.

Check out OHCA’s website here:

Judy Huang Scholarship established

Judy Huang, the CEO of 889 Global Solutions has partnered with The Columbus Foundation to initiate the Judy Huang Scholarship. The Columbus Foundation is an outstanding organization that has successfully attracted numerous funds for various nonprofits as well as causes. Since its first donation in 1944 the organization has grown to manage $ 1.7 billion in assets, awarding more than $ 1.86 billion to a wide range of philanthropic interests.’

One of many focuses for the foundation has been offering students opportunities to receive financial support for higher education. The Judy Huang Scholarship is awarded to support Asian students with financial needs who demonstrate perseverance and hard work. A Chinese native, Judy came to the U.S. at just twelve years-old. She gained the opportunity to attend Boston College with a scholarship and her college education is essential to her success today. The scholarship is a way to support students and ensure that they have the career advancement opportunities that a college education offers.

We are proud to announce that the pool of Judy Huang Scholarship candidates for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year has been selected. The selection committee will be meeting shortly to make their final selections! Stay tuned – we will be announcing the finalist soon.

For information on applying for the 2018-2019 school year please check back or contact 889 Global Solutions for questions. The criterion, the requirement for application, and other information regarding Judy Huang Scholarship can be found at:

We would like to send a special thanks to Alicia Szempruch and Hilary Stone at The Columbus Foundation for making this special opportunity possible!

889 at HIMSS

The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) held their largest conference yet in Orlando, Florida from February 19-23, 2017. HIMSS is a non-profit organization that is supported by 640 corporations, 64,000 individuals, and 450 non-profit organizations. 889 Global Solutions attended for our first time this year taking part in 5 days of sessions and 1,200 exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center.

As the healthcare industry continues to grow, so does 889’s presence in the medical field. Our CEO Judy Huang attended the trade show in February to hear what some of the leading executives in the industry had to offer. One of the biggest ideas presented at the show was that the medical field is going ergonomic.  This trend was first introduced by Bill Clinton but found minimal traction due to high expenses and lack of scientific support at the time. Now we are starting to see innovation take a role in some game-changing health technologies.

Speaking of innovation, investor Kevin O’Leary (best known as one of the “sharks” on the ABC reality show Shark Tank) was a keynote speaker at HIMSS. With over 40 companies in his private portfolio and teaching classes at Notre Dame and MIT, his opinion comes highly respected. Shark Tank has multiple products supporting the ergonomic trend in healthcare including BetterBack and Supportiback.

We are proud to say that as ergonomics begins to takes hold in the medical industry, 889 Global Solutions is at the forefront of the trend. For over a decade, we have been providing components and assemblies for medical furniture and medical carts. We have ranked as the top-qualified vendor to our clients for customer service, on-time delivery, and quality. We have provided casters, extruded frames and structures, drawer slides, trims, and handles across the U.S. and Canada.


Click the link to see other ways 889 takes-part: