Category Archives: Manufacturing – Great Lakes Region

Good Times for Small Manufacturers – But Dangerous Too

Manufacturing Imports Continue at All-Time High Times are still good for small manufacturers.  Demand is strong and most companies are busy. If a small manufacturer isn’t making money in this environment, something is wrong. At the same time, it’s important to know that manufacturing imports are at an all-time high.  For the year ending 10/31/2018, the value of manufactured goods

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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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How TAAF Works (and yes, U.S. manufacturing still needs it)

Here at the Great Lakes TAAC, we keep a close eye on how imports are affecting U.S. manufacturing.  As I’ve written in previous blog posts, the import threat is not going away.  The low cost of imports is just getting lower.  That means a continued uphill battle for many manufacturers, especially the small and mid-sized companies that we work with. We’d

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