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Eden Stone and Valders Stone and Marble Company
“Adapting to the New Normal”
Eden Stone and Valders Stone and Marble Company “Adapting to the New Normal”
Back in 2007 Phil Kosik presented at the APICS 2007 International Conference discussing “Buechel Stone: Coming Out of the Stone Ages of Supply Chain Management”. Unfortunately, some business decisions caused Buechel Stone to have issues when the housing bubble burst in 2008. Phil was fortunate to land on his feet at one of Buechel’s competitors in the stone industry; Eden Stone & Valders Stone and Marble. Phil had the opportunity that many do not have: the opportunity to have a “do-over” and improve on some of the lessons that were learned from his experience of bringing Buechel Stone out of the stone ages of Supply Chain management. In this meeting Phil will present a case study of how he was able to use the APICS body of knowledge to help Eden and Valders Stone and Marble adjust to the “New Normal”. The housing market crash caused many stone companies to close their doors from 2008-2010. The ability for stone companies to borrow was reduced and cash flow became a major issue. Gone were the days of “Build it and we will eventually sell it”. Inventory management was a major concern of banks at that time and still is today. Phil will discuss some of the techniques he used to improve upon the system he implemented at Buechel Stone by investing in technology to improve real time visibility. Phil will show some of the tools that Eden Stone uses today that reduced total inventory value while maintaining excellent On Time Delivery Performance.
About the SpeakerPhil Kosik, CPIM, CSCP
Occupation: Materials Manager for Eden Stone Company and Valders Stone and Marble Company in Eden, WI., Phil has also formerly worked as a Materials Manager for Buechel Stone Corp. in Chilton, Wisconsin from March 2005 to February 2009. Phil also worked as a Production Planner for Plexus Corp. in Neenah, Wisconsin from October 1993 to March 2003.
Education: Bachelors Degree - UW Oshkosh 1997 with a major in Economics
Phil has been a member of APICS since August of 2005. He achieved CPIM certification in September 2006 and CSCP certification in March of 2007. Phil has served on the APICS Fox Valley Chapter Board of Directors since 2007. Phil served as Chapter President 2009 though 2011, and also previously held the positions of President Elect, VP of MIS, and VP of Membership. In addition to his involvement as a BOD member at the APICS local chapter level, Phil is also currently serving as a District Representative for the APICS Great Lakes District, assisting APICS Chapters in the northern half of Wisconsin. Phil is also an adjunct instructor for Fox Valley Technical College, teaching APICS certification classes. Phil also has presented at the APICS 50th Anniversary Conference that was held in October 2007.