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Midwest Ventilation, Inc., produces industrial ventilation fans. The company plans to manufacture 72,000 fans evenly over the next quarter at the following costs: direct material, $2,880,000; direct labor, $720,000; variable production overhead, $900,000; and fixed production overhead, $1,800,000. The fixed-overhead amount includes $144,000 of straight-line depreciation and $216,000 of supervisory salaries.
Shortly after the conclusion of the quarter’s first month, Midwest reported the following costs:
Direct material.........................................................$ 865,000
Direct labor............................................................. 221,200
Variable production overhead............................... 304,000
Depreciation.......................................................... 48,000
Supervisory salaries............................................... 75,600
Other fixed production overhead.......................... 478,000
Total.......................................................................$1,991,800
Dave Kellerman and his crews turned out 20,000 fans during the month—a remarkable feat given that the firm’s manufacturing plant was closed for several days because of storm damage and flooding. Kellerman was especially pleased with the fact that overall financial performance for the period was favorable when compared with the budget. His pleasure, however, was very short-lived, as Midwest’s general manager issued a stern warning that performance must improve, and improve quickly, if Kellerman had any hopes of keeping his job.

Required:
1. Explain the difference between a static budget and a flexible budget.
2. Which of the two budgets would be more useful when planning the company’s cash needs over a range of activity?
3. Prepare a performance report that compares budgeted and actual costs for the period just ended (i.e., the report that Kellerman likely used when assessing his performance).
4. Prepare a performance report that compares budgeted and actual costs for the period just ended (i.e., the report that the general manager likely used when assessing Kellerman’s performance).
5. Which of the two reports is preferred? Should Kellerman be praised for outstanding performance or is the general manager’s warning appropriate? Explain, citing any apparent problems for the firm.



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