Habitat for Humanity Has Gone to the Dogs…. With a Powerful Tool Tracking Solution Donated by ToolHound
St. Albert, Alberta, January 8th, 2010 – Today, ToolHound made public their recent partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley Illinois.
Habitat for Humanity is a charitable organization with much of the labour performed on their construction projects provided by volunteers, while land, materials, and money are donated by individuals, organizations, and corporations. As a result of tight budgets, they need to maintain close monitoring of their equipment and tool inventory.
“Without the support of ToolHound we would not have been able to implement this type of inventory tracking system,” commented Bill Klaves, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity. “Once the solution is up and running we will not only significantly decrease productivity loss due to misplaced tools, but we will save thousands in tool and equipment replacement costs over time.”
Habitat for Humanity is currently implementing the ToolHound construction inventory management solution, including the ToolHound Desktop Tracking Kit, and they hope to go live for the beginning of the build season in March 2010.
“So far ToolHound has been easy to implement, even for a non-technical person like myself,” remarked Ryan Yarzak, the Lead on the project at Habitat for Humanity. “We are currently working on creating inventories of our exiting tool assets and barcoding these assets in order to load them into the system. This process has also been a great excuse to clean up our tool room.”
The ToolHound inventory management system will provide the branch with a centralized tool tracking solution. A site manager will be able to check out tools and equipment and transport them to construction sites. This will give Habitat for Humanity a real-time view of equipment inventory levels and locations. In addition, Habitat for Humanity will more easily be able to differentiate between tools brought in by volunteers and tools provided by the organization.
“Rather than replacing lost tools, Habitat for Humanity needs to put the money and materials where they are needed – into building new homes,” acknowledged Dean Perry, President of ToolHound. “We are proud to be working with Habitat for Humanity and hope to expand our support to other interested branches of the organization in the future.”
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem – decent housing for all.
Today, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide.
ToolHound provides a powerful Tool and Equipment Management System that allows construction, maintenance and repair organizations to gain control of their tool and equipment inventory. ToolHound helps companies of all sizes maximize tool and equipment utilization and improve productivity by ensuring the right tool is in the right place when it is needed. Using a comprehensive tool, location and employee database, coupled with a simple and accurate barcode or RFID-based transaction system, ToolHound tracks the issue and return of assets to contractors and employees, and the transfer of assets between various warehouse, jobsite and tool room locations.
Since 1985, the ToolHound asset tracking system has been deployed in companies of all sizes across a variety of industries including construction, power generation, chemical processing, mining and jobsite tool and equipment services. ToolHound’s tool control system has evolved significantly, based in large part on the experience and feedback of these customers.