You have just been hired by Gracie Faye International (GFI) as a cost accountant. The company was named for the internationally popular Toka player, Gracie Faye. The company was started by John Smith who, in his basement, crafted a toka ball and beautifully strong toka stick for his daughter, Tresha, who played on a local team.
Tresha’s team saw the benefit of Tresha’s well-crafted equipment, and soon after, John was asked to equip the whole team. After the team won the championship, he was taking orders for the whole league and soon the whole toka world was knocking on John Smith’s door.
From simple beginnings, GFI has branched out to other sports, taking their brand of solid construction to new heights. Their ping pong table is known as the elephant’s dancing table, since ping-pong star Kevin “The Elephant” Pelinsky leapt onto a GFI table to dance across the net after he won a championship.
Founder Smith was quoted soon after saying, “all of our products have elephant dancing quality.” Their bleachers sales skyrocketed after the collapse of a competitor in the early ‘90s, and a Department of Parks and Recreation remodeled all their baseball fields with GFI electronic scoreboards and their batting cages with GFI automatic pitching machines.
The CFO (your new department head) has asked you to prepare a report to submit to the top management of the company. It would seem that the CFO did not do a very good job justifying your position and what you can do for the company.
The CFO would like for you to explain cost accounting, as well as present information to the management team on product costs for the production of toka balls, specific job order costs for special order products and provide costing information for two models of pitching machines currently offered.
You will present all of this information in a management report divided up into four separate sections as described below.
PART 1: In this section of the report, your job is to explain cost accounting and what skills you can bring to the company. The CFO feels you should include an overview of what cost management is and some of its applications. Be sure to discuss the opportunities available in the cost accounting and how it relates to corporate strategy. This section of your report should be approximately two pages in length.
PART 2: In this section of the report, you are asked to classify the product costs for the production of toka balls. Classify each cost as: