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NMT Team Wins Award For Research Project With Ruidoso Winery

NMT Team Wins Award For Research Project With Ruidoso Winery

Student Team Partners With Noisy Waters To Streamline Systems

October 1, 2017

SOCORRO, N.M. – A team of New Mexico Tech management students and professors have teamed up with a Ruidoso winery to streamline inventory and make the company more profitable.

Dr. Frank Reinow, professor of management, and his students worked with Noisy Water Winery and Relleno Brothers on two projects during the 2016-17 school year. The project was rewarded with n Certificate of Excellence from the N.M. Small Business Development Center and Los Alamos National Laboratories for their efforts.

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From left, Frank Reinow, Management Department Chair; Jasper Riddle, founder and CEO of Noisy Water Winery, Tom Batten, Mayor of Ruidoso; Bill Burt, NM State Senator District 33; and Subhasish Mazumdar, Associate Profesor of Computer Science.

 

Reinow recruited winery owner Jasper Riddle to enroll in the N.M. Small Business Assistance Program in early 2016. Riddle’s company was experiencing significant growth and he realized that the company was struggling with inventory management practices.

Reinow and computer science professor Dr. Subhasish Majumdar assembled a team of three students to conduct an assessment of the company’s inventory control system and point-of-sale system. They developed recommendations for improving the company’s system and a comprehensive flowchart.

“This is a huge cost-benefit for us,” Riddle said. “We will save man-hours with real-time inventory control. And, we can hire on additional people to update our manufacturing. This has really streamlined our processes and gives us room for growth.”

In the first project, grad student Jakub Mroczkowski developed a flowchart for inventory management. In the second project, Giovanni Brusca and Riggon Robinson, both computer science majors, assessed point-of-sale systems and recommended a third-party vendor.

“We had a crazy idea to track inventory from grape to bottle so we can understand supply and demand and plan for the next year,” Riddle said. “We are developing a new warehouse and a lot of the New Mexico Tech findings are being fully integrated into our new facilities.”

Riddle said he would recommend the N.M. Small Business Assistance Program to any entrepreneur. He said the program provided a great helping hand.

“I loved working with the New Mexico Tech team,” he said. “The faculty was phenomenal and the students too; you’re working with the best our state has to offer. To have them looking at all our practices gave us a lot of ideas.”

Reinow has spearheaded the Small Business Assistance Program at NMT since 2009. Tech has collaborated with 20 companies on more than 35 projects over the past eight years. In addition to management students, the senior-level class has included students representing Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Civil Engineering departments.

Noisy Water Winery was founded in 2009 in Ruidoso. The company produces two lines of New Mexico wine: the Relleno Brothers and Noisy Water Winery. Their wines have won multiple awards in international competitions. The company’s award-winning handmade cheese collection has also expanded as their wine selection has grown.

The company also houses a gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar. Their products are sold through four retail stores, a membership wine club, company website, restaurant contracts, and commercial accounts, all located in New Mexico.  The company has experienced steady growth – from four employees in 2009 to over 40 employees in 2016.