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Gusmer Enterprises: Reduces Setup Time by 70%

A four-day set-up reduction blitz generates lasting benefit Gusmer Enterprises, a third generation family-owned business, operates two manufacturing facilities.  Their Waupaca, Wisconsin plant manufactures filtration products used in the production of beverages and pharmaceuticals. Bill Abraham, plant engineer, was tasked […]

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Design Specialties, Inc: Lean Reduces Inventory by 80%

A strategy for growth focused on diversifying its customer base The employees of Design Specialties, Inc., a Milwaukee-based custom manufacturer of high quality glass fireplace doors, are believers in Lean. Since 2005, each major manufactured component has been the subject […]

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HMA Fire Apparatus: 3P leads to triple-digit growth

Using 3P for Product Development Results in PROFIT Sound business advice from WMEP and a commitment to Lean result in rapid growth for HMA Fire Apparatus In 2006, Rory Groonwald, Chief Engineer & Manufacturing Operations Manager for HMA Fire (a […]

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Alpha Source, Inc.: Training Increased Sales 20%

Strong customer focus and empowered employees produce strong results Norine Carlson-Weber has always had a passion for excellence. After being laid off in 1986, she decided to take matters into her own hands and started her own company, Alpha Source, […]

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Reliable Plating Works: Profitable Sustainability Initiative Saves $1M

Profitable Sustainability – a business strategy that pays. “Green isn’t a just a trend or industry buzzword. It’s a serious business strategy for any manufacturer interested in becoming more profitable, efficient and environmentally responsible,” said Judy Sullivan, a senior manufacturing specialist […]

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DeCrane Aircraft Seating Company: Lean Culture Reduces Inventory by $3.5 M

Lean Culture increases revenue by strengthening bonds with customers and suppliers A telephone sitting on a desk tucked away in a corner on the shop floor – it’s probably one of the most common and innocuous sights in any manufacturing […]

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Harvard Corporation: Exports & Lean Lead to Growth

Company is positioned to grow through exporting and serving customers with sustainability goals Founded in 1973, Harvard Corporation is a privately-owned manufacturer of filters and filtration systems based in Evansville.  Its proprietary state-of-the-art filters are designed to clean fluids, such […]

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Centerline Machine: Lean Culture = Triple Digit Growth

Centerline Machine Drives Growth With Lean In 1996 Charlie Leiby started Centerline Machine in his garage in Waupaca with one milling machine and a vision to build his own company. His first customers were area businesses, including many farmers who […]

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Dalco Metals: Lean Office Cuts Processing Time 50%

Sustaining the Lean journey produces strong results Since 1973, family owned Dalco Metals of Walworth has been a premier supplier of flat-rolled steel-processing services to manufacturers throughout the Midwest. John Ring, executive vice president of Dalco, credits this long-term success […]

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QPI + PSI = PROFIT

  Quality Packaging Inc. (QPI) was at a crossroads a few years ago when a key customer faced the loss of a critical consumer products account because QPI didn’t offer an environmentally friendly retail package. QPI’s president Ken Wills drew […]

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