Next meeting June 11th at Manheim Township Fire and Rescue

Next Meeting:

When – Thursday June 11th – 9:00 am to noon

Where – Manheim Township Fire Rescue Eden Fire Company, 1695 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

What and Why – Workplace organization (5s or 6s) at it’s best because it saves lives and property.

Max attendees 3 per member company

Please, please, please register as space is limited and we may have to turn away those who did not register.



Summary Adhesives Research May 7, 2015

I have toured Adhesives Research at least five times in the last ten years and always notice improvement.  Ten years on improvements with many more targets on their short term horizon.  The networks May 7, 2015 was no exception as the A/R team has been focusing on reducing waste in Receiving and Setup Reduction.

A/R had the people who did the work explain their practice of the scientific method (PDCA).

The morning touched many aspects of continuous improvement, by seeing, listen and discussing.

Thanks to everyone at Adhesives Research who help make the morning successful.

In attendance:

Four Seasons Produce

Misco Products

Rose Corporation

Green Leaf Enterprises


Brentwood Industries


Tentative schedule for balance of 2015

June 11, 2015 – Tour Manheim Township Fire Department

Mid August tbd – Tour Harley Davidson York Plant – facilitated by Andrew Bishop

September 3, 2015 – Inclinator – our first tour.

October – tbd – tour Brentwood Industries – our first tour

November – working on it.

December – Our networks first “Safety Forum” at Rose Corporation.

Next LTN Meeting Adhesives Research May 7, 2015

Where:  Adhesives Research, 400 Seaks Run Road, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Phone: (717) 235-7979

When:  Thursday May 7, 2015 from 9am until Noon.

What:  Machine Changeover, and New Equipment Installation

Who:  Three per member company

Safety:  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available.

Registration is required.  To register please go to:

Summary – Four Seasons Produce 3/12/15

The primary focus of our network is fostering and supporting continuous improvement and Four Seasons again demonstrated by showing us the improvements made since our last visit (January 2014).  Great work team!

The afternoon embraced PDCA in action as we experimented with a facilitated roundtable format.  The afternoon topics examined what does and does not work to improve engagement and training.  I and those I spoke with afterwards, thought the process a wonderful learning and collaborative experience.  Please let me know your thoughts.

In attendance:

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Brentwood Industries


Adhesives Research

Misco Products

Rose Corporation

Thanks to the team at Four Seasons for their participation in our event.

We have a hole in our April schedule and will try to fill it.  Please contact me if you can host April 9 or April 11.  However, Thursday May 7, 2015 at Adhesives Research is confirmed.  Details to follow.


Next LTN meeting Thursday 3/12 at Four Seasons Produce


Where:  Four Seasons Produce. 400 Wabash Road, Ephrata, PA 17522 717-721-2800

When:  Thursday March 12, 2015 from 9am until 3pm.

What:  The subject and the tour will focus on Logistics and velocity.

We have modified our “experimental” afternoon roundtable discussions….

The afternoon will introduce a network experimental “roundtable”, the subjects being 1. employee engagement and, 2. effective and ineffective training- We would like to focus most on war stories of failures and lessons learned.  We plan to have two groups (one per subject), in breakout sessions.  Each group will then report out to the other followed by some facilitated Q&A.

Who:  Four per member company

Safety:  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available.  Bring along a jacket for the plant tour as many areas are refrigerated.

Registration is required.  To register please go to:

Summary, Misco Products 2/5/15

Exciting morning at Misco yesterday.  The subject of the meeting was “engagement”.  In a people based system, like continuous improvement, gaining allies is the most important thing we can do.  Without allies, and lots of them, making and sustaining improvement is nearly impossible.  This subject will be further discussed at our next meeting, March 12th at Four Seasons Produce.

In attendance:



Adhesives Research

Four Seasons Produce

Thanks to everyone at Misco who helped make the morning interesting, informative and fun.

Next network meeting Thursday 2/5/15 at Misco Products

The Lean Thinking Network welcomes 2015 by announcing our first meeting of the year.

Where:  Misco Products, 1048 Stinson Drive, Reading PA 19605, phone 610-926-4106

When:  Thursday February 5, 2015 from 9am until Noon.

What:  The subject and the tour will focus on Employee Empowerment

Who:  Three per member company (we will have some additional room, please contact me for additional attendee registration)

Safety:  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available

Registration is required.  To register please go to:

Summary LTN meeting at Restek, 12/4/14

We last visited Restek in November of 2013 and in that year attendees noticed significant improvement and involvement.  Good work Restek!  Renewing the energy of continuous improvement program is not easy.  Leadership pushed and the people responded very well.

For the first time, we were able to see the entire operations in the facility.  Improving workplace organization and gaining space has been accomplished through the renewed efforts of Restek’s team.

Attending companies:


Adhesives Researeh

Green Leaf

Our first meeting of 2015 will be in early February at Misco.  The date and subject will be determined in the next few weeks and you will be informed.

Adhesives Research and Green Leaf have agreed to host in 2015.  We need more hosts to make this our best year yet.  I will be contacting all members to discuss.

Happy Holidays

Next LTN meeting December 4, 2014 at Restek

Where – Restek Corporation, 110 Benner Circle, Bellefonte, PA:  phone 814-353-1300

When – Thursday December 4, 2014 arrive 8:30, begin 9:00am end noon

Who – max of 3 attendees per member company

What – Will be looking on the mfg floor where focus is renewed on 5S, and beginning the lean journey

Safety – Closed toe shoes
Long pants/slack etc, – no shorts, skirts, half length pants
Safety glasses required
No photo’s

Why – Let’s go see and discuss how Restek is “recharging” their lean/continuous improvement efforts


to register go to:


Summary LTN meeting at MSC October 29, 2014

700,000 square feet, over 500,000 sku’s, 11,000 line items shipped per day, 40 hours of training, yearly, for all employees.

Some of the eye catching facts we witnessed.  Fast, accurate, competitive and an engaging culture.

A great morning for all in attendance:

  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Peiffer Machine
  • Philips Ultrasound
  • Restek
  • and a guest from Massachusetts, Excelsior Integrated

I am delighted to official announce two new members to our network:

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Inclinator Company of America