Keen Mobility is a new company which is releasing its Keen crutch to the public on March 14th, 2003. The company was started 18 months with the goal of developing and innovating underarm or axillary crutches. Even with a marketable product change will always occur. In eyeing the initial goal of developing a crutch with specific innovative features the best economical solution was not always pursued. Production for the current product is being done locally with the cost per pair of crutches over $110. Keen Mobility is currently entertaining offers from numerous companies that have production ties overseas. They claim that Keen Mobility could reduce their production costs significantly and therefore make more net profit, even though there is a significant investment in tooling and fixtures already. Is this really true? What is the best alternative for this young company? The current plan for Keen Mobility is to produce the crutch locally until the beginning of the 4th quarter of 2003. Before that time a decision will have been made to keep the status quo or produce the crutch overseas and ship it to Keen Mobility in Portland.
Komonchaisak, P.; Klein, R.; Wongsuebchart, T.; and Ho, Y.-T., "Keen Mobility's Manufacturing Options-A Startup Company's" (2003). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 1656.