Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1998 (Revised September 1998)

Insteel Wire Products: ABM at Andrews

by V.G. Narayanan and Ratna G. Sarkar


Insteel implements an activity-based costing (ABC) system in 1996. It finds pallet nails to be its most profitable product and decides to expand the number of cells making pallet nails from two to four. A repeat of the ABC study in 1997 shows pallet nails have become the least profitable product.

Keywords: Cost Accounting; Expansion; Resource Allocation; Activity Based Costing and Management;


Narayanan, V.G., and Ratna G. Sarkar. "Insteel Wire Products: ABM at Andrews." Harvard Business School Case 198-087, February 1998. (Revised September 1998.)