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Save Money to Make Money: The Financial Advantages of Using Temporary Structures in your Business Continuity Plan

In the manufacturing industry, business is booming. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, “Demand for manufactured goods remained strong at the end of 2017, which was a strong year for growth in factory orders, up a whopping 8.4 percent year-over-year in December.”

While growth may be good for your business, this heightened level of demand can have unintended consequences on your bottom line. As a business continuity solution, temporary structures are key to fast growth with minimal capital expense.

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Often, when manufacturing companies are faced with expansion opportunities, they’re also faced with a burden of expanding off-site or adding permanent structures to their current site. These capital expenses can be a big hit on your budget, and they delay your ability to capitalize on the opportunities before you.

Fortunately for growing companies, temporary structures offer a cost-effective and timely solution for business continuity. After all, few companies have time to slow down production for even a day, let alone the time required for traditional construction. When growth happens fast, you have to be nimble and able to pivot quickly, as your needs can change seemingly overnight. With turnkey temporary structures, you can address your immediate needs without breaking your budget.

One reason temporary structures are so cost effective is because they are, by their very nature, temporary. They offer a great deal of flexibility because you can install a fabric building in a matter of a few weeks, then take it down and move it to another location as needs change.

Temporary structures are also more flexible than traditional construction because they can be built on nearly any ground surface without causing permanent damage. You can depend on your structure when it’s needed, and have nothing to worry about when the structure is removed

This flexibility doesn’t mean they aren’t built to last. In fact, Mahaffey’s fabric structures are extremely sturdy. They are engineered to meet the highest safety standards in a variety of industries. In addition, a properly engineered and constructed fabric structure has a minimum lifespan of 20 years. But unlike with traditional construction, you aren’t bound to your temporary structures for 20 years or even two years! At the end of your lease, your temporary structure will be removed when you’re ready, allowing you to grow in whatever direction your business needs.

Beyond flexibility, temporary structures offer growing companies the economic advantage of scalability. Built in 5 meter increments, the modular design of clearspan fabric structures is easily moved and modified to adapt to changing specifications. In some instances, you can attach a temporary structure to existing structures or install them much closer to your current buildings than traditional construction. This allows you to essentially make your current structures larger without the expense of renovation.

As manufacturing continues to grow, temporary structures offer businesses the flexibility and scalability you need to move quickly to boost revenue without busting your bottom line in the process. Ultimately, with temporary structures, you only pay for what you need, holding down the costs of installation and maintenance.

But these aren’t the only financial advantages of temporary structures. 

If you’re interested in seeing how temporary structures can help you, download our white paper, “A Cost Analysis: Benefits of Temporary Structures.”

Topics: Business Continuity