Category Archives: Manufacturing – Great Lakes Region

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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