Andrew-Carter, Inc. (A-C) is a major Canadian producer and distributor of outdoor lighting fixtures. Its fixture is distributed throughout North America and has been in high demand for several years. The company operates three plants that manufacture the fixture and distribute it to five distribution centers.
During the past few years, A-C has seen a major drop in demand for its fixture as the housing market has declined. Based on the forecast of interest rates, the head of operations feels that demand for housing and thus for its product will remain depressed for the foreseeable future. A-C is considering closing one of its plants, as it is now operating with a forecasted excess capacity of 34,000 units per week.
The forecasted weekly demands for the coming year are as follow: Warehouse I 9,000 units,
Warehouse 2 13,000 units,
Warehouse 311,000 units,
Warehouse 415,000 units, and
Warehouse 5 8000 units
The regular time plant capacities (in units per week) are as follows Plant 1 regular time 27,000 units
Plant 1 on overtime7,000 units
Plant 2 regular time 20,000 units
Plant 2 on overtime5,000 units
Plant 3 regular time 25,000 units
Plant 3 on overtime6,000 units
If A-C shuts down any plants any plants, its weekly costs will change, as fixed costs are lower for a non-operating plant. Table 1 shows production costs at each plant, both variable at regular time and overtime, and fixed when operating and shut down. Table 2 shows distribution costs from each plant to each distribution center.
Table 1 Andrew-Carter, Inc., Variable Costs and ixed Production Costs per Week
PlantVariable CostOperatingNot Operating
Plant 1, regular time$2.80$14,000$6,000
Plant 1, overtime$3.52
Plant 2, regular time$2.78$12,000$5,000
Plant 2, overtime$3.48
Plant 3, regular time$2.72$15,000$7,500
Plant 3, overtime$3.42
Table 2 Andrew-Carter, Inc., Distribution...