the past few weeks your cooperative has had a difficult time maintaining
adequate levels of inventory to satisfy your needs. For that we are truly
were several factors that contributed to these frequent outages and when all
happened simultaneously it created our current situation.
began the traditional feeding season behind the curve as we encountered our
much discussed feed mill software update. This software update was painful for
us and for you, as we were unable to produce any feed for a week.
Unfortunately, a week’s worth of production loss put us playing catch-up
right from the start.
As with all manufacturing, supply chain of
ingredients are crucial to timely production. United Salt encountered
major issues resulting in a complete shutdown of our supply of all salt
products. We quickly created new relationships with other providers but these
other companies were inundated with new customer requests. Unable to
ramp up their production fast enough to satisfy demand, we were initially
rationed salt. That resulted in us being out of high inclusion salt feeds
particularly range mixes and minerals. Our supply chain woes were magnified by
a shortage of rail cars and trucks that was driven by the needs of the Oil and
Gas Industry which in turn created gaps in acquiring ingredients in a timely
All of these issues prevented us from
building inventory. The combination of low inventory with exceptional demand
resulted in many outages. Rebuilding inventory during peak demand is very
difficult. Production crews are working 24 hours a day, and we will work our
way through these issues. Improvements are in place with several projects underway
which will help relieve some inventory stress in the future.
will continue to make strides forward to fulfill your needs. Thank you for your patience and business.