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Barlow Company manufactures three products: A, B, and C

Barlow Company manufactures three products: A, B, and C
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Exercise 13-5 Utilization of a Constrained Resource
Barlow Company manufactures three products: A, B, and C. The selling price, variable costs, and Contribution margin for one unit of each product follow:
Product
A B C
Selling price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $180 $270 $240
Variable expenses:
Direct materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 72 32
Other variable expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 90 148
Total variable expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 162 180
Contribution margin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 54 $108 $ 60
Contribution margin ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30% 40% 25%

The same raw material is used in all three products. Barlow Company has only 5,000 pounds of raw material on hand and will not be able to obtain any more of it for several weeks due to a strike in its supplier’s plant. Management is trying to decide which product(s) to concentrate on next week in filling its backlog of orders. The material costs $8 per pound.

Required:
1. Compute the amount of contribution margin that will be obtained per pound of material used in each product.
2. Which orders would you recommend that the company work on next week—the orders for product A, product B, or product C? Show computations.
3. A foreign supplier could furnish Barlow with additional stocks of the raw material at a substantial premium over the usual price. If there is unfilled demand for all three products, what
is the highest price that Barlow Company should be willing to pay for an additional pound of materials? Explain.

 

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