Client Success Stories

Mayhew Steel Products 

08-08-2023 11:56 AM

 Factory Redesign Increases Sales and Decreases Costs

Mayhew Steel Products is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States.  While the company has grown from being a small tool house to the industry leader, they have never lost their dedication to quality, reliability, and craftsmanship. This dedication has enabled them to become the tool of choice for certified technicians, professional mechanics, and do-it-yourselfers across the country. During Mayhew’s more than 160-year history, they have expanded both their physical size and breadth of products without losing sight of their heritage with headquarters in Western Massachusetts. The acquisition of Bestway Tools in Ormond Beach, Florida in 2019 allowed them to extend their high-quality product lines.


With the site acquisition, there were numerous opportunities to improve capacity and reduce quality errors, thus resulting in additional sales to the facility. Mayhew required assistance in reviewing their current state to propose the necessary changes to set them up for increased throughput in their production operations.

Mayhew Tools recently rented an expansion facility alongside their existing facility in Ormond Beach, Florida. With a shifting product revenue portfolio and newly available space, Mayhew Tools sought support to develop a plan for future production within this combined facility. The facility includes three primary activities: machining, assembly, and warehousing.


Mayhew Tools reached out FloridaMakes for assistance. FloridaMakes and its team of specialists conducted a complete facility layout assessment. The assessment evaluated the current state of the entire operations, which included the machining, assembly, and warehouse areas. The deliverables from the assessment produced a future state plan for the facility with detailed analysis. Process mapping was completed for the material flow from receiving, warehouse, productions through shipping. Time-based evaluation was conducted, yielding the potential capacity of the operations. The completion of the project resulted in a plan for a new facility layout, which included improvements of the material storage, and increased efficiency in the assembly and machining areas.


  • $75,000 Cost Savings in Labor and Investment
  • 10 New or Retained Jobs:
  • Over $100K in New Investment


The FloridaMakes Team was extremely thorough, skilled, and deadline focused. The project allowed us to utilize a large building investment ($100k plus annually) and increase our efficiency and revenue.

— Hayley Cox, General Manager