Here we are, almost summer 2021, and it seems like everyone everywhere is having trouble getting anything done. Delivery of select materials has slowed due to COVID-19, and many companies don’t know what to do. So let me tell you what we’re doing at Next Level.
We’re manufacturing and shipping product, that’s what we’re doing. You need a mezzanine, a cantilever rack, an MDR conveyor, or one of several types of pallet racks? We can get it done.
I don’t want to make it sound like we’re immune to raw material slowdowns. Of course we’ve been told “nope, we can’t get you what you need” from some of our usual suppliers. But two things that separate us are tenacity, and the fact that we’re the manufacturer. We can’t get roll form steel from our usual supplier? Let’s check another. No go? Ok, can we get raw material and roll form it ourselves at a partner facility? We can? Bingo – we’re in business (and you’re getting your mezzanine!)
“That we can pivot suppliers and take on an important raw material fabrication step ourselves is something a distributor or reseller simply cannot do – they do not have the resources or the facilities. And steel doesn’t cold roll itself.”
This is one big advantage Next Level has in being the manufacturer – there are simply fewer layers between the raw materials and your finished product. Distributors and resellers have more layers. And every additional step or layer to a project will result in an increased delivery timeframe.
In good times, that increased delivery time might be negligible. But here in COVID-19 aftermath? It’s magnified to the nth degree. That we can pivot suppliers and take on an important raw material fabrication step ourselves is something a distributor or reseller simply cannot do – they do not have the resources or the facilities. And steel doesn’t cold roll itself.
Bottom line: Right now, we’re holding our own. If you order a mezzanine, depending on size/other factors, it’s likely a matter of 6-12 weeks, which is pretty darn solid in 2021. We’re hearing “6-12 months” from some competitors, so we’re happy with our timeframes.
Need a mezzanine? We’re taking orders, and more importantly, we’re shipping them too.