Category Archives: Process Improvement

How to work with a consultant

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At GLTAAC we help our client manufacturing companies by covering 50% of the cost for third-party experts (i.e., consultants) on crucial projects to improve their competitiveness. Many clients identify this outside expertise themselves. For others, we help them identify, select, and secure the best outside expertise (typically a professional consultant, but not always) for each improvement project. We’ve helped hundreds

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GLTAAC Case Study: Yoder Lumber’s success in the TAAF Program

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Another GLTAAC client just completed the TAAF program. Yoder Lumber Company is a major sawmill and lumber reseller located in northeast Ohio. They used their $75,000 of program co-funding over three years (firms in the program have up to 5 years to use the funding). Here is a brief summary of their experiences and success with the program. About Yoder

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Additive Manufacturing Brings Hype and Great Potential

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Of the technological innovations transforming manufacturing, additive manufacturing may be the most discussed. Publications from technical industry magazines to Harvard Business Review have discussed its potential, and called out its hype. The Great Lakes TAAC is hearing more about additive manufacturing from our firms, and it’s a technology whose impact more small manufacturers should consider. Additive manufacturing (AM) has been

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Neither Imports nor Ashes Can Hold Back Champion Bus

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In the past five years, Champion Bus has seen a brilliant turnaround, from being pummeled by imports, the great recession and a devastating fire, to emerging as one of the bus industry’s top performers and most respected brands. In 2009, the atmosphere at Champion Bus could be described as “tense”, with management in a “determined to survive” mode as a

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