No such thing as a “Lean Job Shop”

As I visit companies in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, I consistently hear that lean manufacturing does not work in job shops. The belief is that lean manufacturing only works in low mix/high volume environments, e.g. Toyota, but not in the high mix/low volume environments typified by most job shops. In other words, there is no such thing as a lean

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Why should I care about Lean Manufacturing? It doesn’t apply to my business.

It’s hard to believe in this day and age how many businesses still choose not to take advantage of the benefits of adopting a Lean culture. As a business owner or officer, you are free, of course, to make a decision not to implement Lean – after all it’s your company.  Maybe you’re already making more money than you can

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Forecast for Michigan’s economy – As presented at the 64th Annual Conference on the Economic Outlook

For the state of Michigan, 2016 was the seventh consecutive year of job growth – after a decade of jobs decline.  Michigan’s total employment was 4.59 million at the end of September 2016.  Even so, total employment in the state has still not quite returned to its peak of 4.9 million in the spring of 2000. At the annual Economic

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