The RESCO Electronics Blog

David Copenhaver

David Copenhaver is President of RESCO Electronics, a Baltimore based manufacturer electronic assemblies and value added reseller of auto ID equipment to original equipment manufacturers. Before joining RESCO in 2003, David was the Senior Vice President of Operations and member of the Board of Directors for US Office Products, a publicly traded distributor of office products that is now part of Staples. Beginning in 1989, David co-owned and managed The Smith-Wilson Co., an Orlando based distributor of office products that was sold to US Office Products in 1996. David has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration both from the University of Virginia. He is married and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three sons.

Recent Posts

China Tariffs: Potential of a Big Impact

Posted by David Copenhaver on Aug 1, 2018 4:12:05 PM

No doubt most of you are aware that the US placed a 25% tariff on certain electronic components and other products manufactured in China effective July 6, 2018.  These tariffs were announced last month by the US Trade Representative (USTR) and are being imposed pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 in retaliation for what the US views as the unfair trade practices of China.

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies

Working Hard at Listening

Posted by David Copenhaver on Jan 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM

One of the hardest things to do is to listen.  Most of us are wired to talk and do it quite well.  We are quick to offer our ideas, our solutions, our way to do this or that.  Although God blessed us with two ears and we hear just fine, most of us really struggle to listen.  And by “listen” I mean to take the time to hear and really understand the ideas and concerns of others. 

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Topics: Company Culture, Supplier Selection

Acknowledging Excellent Work

Posted by David Copenhaver on Mar 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

RESCO will celebrate its 85th year in business this year.  Our company started back in 1932 as a parts supplier to radio and, a few years later, TV repairmen.  By the 1960s RESCO had transformed itself into a distributor of electronic components to manufacturers.  More recently we have become a contract manufacturer of electronic assemblies and value-added reseller of bar code equipment.  Although the focus of our business has certainly changed over the last eight and a half decades (and will necessarily continue to change), one thing has been a constant…the hard work and dedication of our team.

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Topics: Company Culture

The Future of Sourcing from Mexico...Perhaps Not So Bleak

Posted by David Copenhaver on Jan 18, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Ever since Donald Trump’s unexpected win last November I have been inundated with questions about the future of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and Mexico as a manufacturing supply source for the United States.  There is no doubt that the rhetoric used during the campaign and reiterated since the election is decidedly anti-NAFTA.  Trump has left no question about his feeling on NAFTA; famously stating that it was “the worst trade deal in history”.  All this being said, I think it premature to pen NAFTA’s obituary.

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Topics: Manufacturing in Mexico

Mexican Manufacturing: Good for American Jobs

Posted by David Copenhaver on May 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Now that we are in the middle of a Presidential campaign the rhetoric is flying on a whole host of issues.  This election cycle the issues of trade, trade agreements, and American jobs have become some of the most hotly debated.   My intent in this blog is not to make a political statement but rather to offer a perspective regarding trade with Mexico that has been all but drowned out by the political fervor.   I want to share with you why I believe that our trade relationship with Mexico has actually helped preserve and perhaps even grow jobs in the US.  Although I will cite a few statistics and comments from experts below, my belief fundamentally comes from what we at RESCO see taking place at many of the US manufacturers that we support.

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Topics: Manufacturing in Mexico, Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Time to Consider Kanban

Posted by David Copenhaver on Feb 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Of all the different inventory management systems in which we have had the opportunity to participate, kanban may be the most consistently effective; especially from the manufacturer’s point of view.  At RESCO we have supported vendor managed inventory, consigned inventory, bonded inventory, and a variety of dock-to-stock programs.  But consistently the kanban based systems have been the easiest to manage and the most consistently effective.

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

The Best Procurement Decisions Are Based on Total Cost of Ownership

Posted by David Copenhaver on Nov 23, 2015 8:14:25 AM

The concept of total cost of ownership or “TCO” is to determine a product’s true cost not just based on the price but on all the costs it takes to purchase and maintain the product during the entire time it is owned.  This is hardly a new concept and most of us apply it in our personal lives, knowingly or not, each time we make a major purchase.  For example, when we buy a car we want to know the price of the new car, the trade in allowance on our old car, the taxes at time of purchase, ongoing taxes and insurance, gas mileage, maintenance costs, and maybe even the amount we can sell it for when we are ready for another.  In fact, almost all of the on-line car research sites (Edmunds, Kelly Blue Book, and Consumer Reports to name a few) calculate the expected TCO for about every model out there.  There is little doubt that TCO is an effective tool when making a purchase decision on a major, long-lived asset…but is the concept equally effective when comparing competing offers from material suppliers?

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Strengthening Dollar Makes Now the time to Consider Mexican Production

Posted by David Copenhaver on Aug 27, 2015 8:52:00 AM

In a blog posted last spring on this website titled "When Does Contract Manufacturing in Mexico Make Sense" Fred Morr provided a great review of the circumstances our experience has shown that selecting a contract manufacturer with production in Mexico is the most advantageous.  Fred compared and contrasted domestic contract manufacturing with production in Asia and Mexico.  He included a simple table which I am providing again below that is a great first pass reference tool.  If you haven’t had a chance to read this blog I encourage you to do so.

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Topics: Manufacturing in Mexico, Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Growing to Better Serve

Posted by David Copenhaver on May 21, 2015 2:13:00 PM

As you may be aware, on May 4, 2015, RESCO announced its merger with J-Rad Technical Services. J-Rad is a thirty-year-old manufacturer of cable harnesses and assemblies based in Spartanburg, South Carolina. With the addition of J-Rad to the RESCO family, we welcome new customers, an outstanding staff and expanded capabilities. We believe it is these expanded capabilities that will have the most significant long-term benefit to all of our customers.

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Topics: Company Culture

Should You Care About Your Supplier's Core Ideology?

Posted by David Copenhaver on Apr 9, 2015 1:00:00 PM

In many respects a company is like a person. Just like a person, a company (or any other organization for that matter) is born, grows, ages, and eventually dies. Although some companies, the longest-lived companies, find ways to re-invent themselves and extend their lives. Some manage to re-invent themselves time and time again and persist for very long periods of time (think Walt Disney, Wal-Mart, or Procter & Gamble).   In “Built to Last” authors Jim Collins and Jerry Porras studied why some companies are able to continually re-invent themselves and prosper while others’ lives are short and success modest.  What they found is that these long-lived companies all share a common trait; that of having a strong core ideology. This doesn’t mean that they shared the same core ideology, but rather they share the trait of having their own strongly-held core ideology that has remained consent through time.

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Topics: Company Culture