Graco
Propelling Growth by Building a Better Spray Gun

As a leading manufacturer of commercial-grade spraying equipment, Graco saw great growth potential by targeting the larger consumer market. So they designed the Magnum sprayer line to be distributed through The Home Depot.

There was one significant challenge, however. Home Depot wanted the Magnum sprayer on their shelves in six months. After putting the job out for bid, Graco turned to Donnelly to help manage and expedite the tooling and production launch process.

A JIT Inventory Solution
Working closely with Graco's product engineers in the mold design phase, Donnelly assumed the responsibility for the mold build to launch the 18 tools needed to manufacture the Magnum sprayer. Because of the short lead-time from design to production, Graco did not have inventory space for the parts. Donnelly crafted a JIT plan to ensure an adequate and reliable flow of molded parts to Graco's production line.

A Successful Launch in Big Box Retail
Graco successfully met Home Depot's timeline for delivering the sprayers within six months. The Magnum paint sprayers were shipped to over 750 Home Depot stores. It remains a vibrant and growing product line.

Graco continues to use Donnelly's JIT program to save costs and reduce turnaround times. As the Magnum product line has grown, the Graco and Donnelly partnership has also expanded.

According to James Trobec, C.P.M., Senior Buyer at Graco, "When Home Depot gave the green light to the Magnum product line, Donnelly responded quickly. We continue to rely on Donnelly for their expertise in all facets of thermoplastic manufacturing."


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"When Home Depot gave the green light to the Magnum product line, Donnelly responded quickly.”

Senior Buyer, Graco

“We continue to rely on Donnelly for their expertise in all facets of thermoplastic manufacturing.”

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