Posts By: Dwight Bowen

Next Network Meeting, Thursday December 6, 2007

It is my pleasure to announce our next network meeting: Where: Misco Products, 1048 Stinson Drive, Reading PA 19605 phone: 610-926-4106 When: Thursday December 6, 2007 from 8:30 until Noon What: Fire recovery, new flow, pathways and connections Who: 3 representatives per member company Why: Most of us remember the horrific fire Misco sustained in… Read more »

Competing October 19, 2007 Dave Nelson


Dave Nelson, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services, Inc. is a former Vice President for Delphi Corporation where he led their global supply management operations encompassing 2700 supply chain professionals and $18 billion in total annual spending. Dave also served as vice president of worldwide supply management at Deere & Company in Moline, Ill. From… Read more »

Summary of Network Meeting at American LaFrance 10/11/07

American LaFrance’s team showed us the progress they have made changing culture and implementing 6S and continuous improvement. The plant tours were highlighted by passionate responses from the people doing the work. Congratulations to everyone at American LaFrance for their valuable efforts thus far.

Interview with Dr. Steven Spear – Part 1 Toyota, a community of scientists


Outline of Highlights…..Please listen to the podcast for details Today we are fortunate to have as our guest Dr. Steven Spear Dr Spear is a Senior Lecturer at Mass. Institute of Technology, where he teaches an introduction to Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma for students in the Leaders for Manufacturing and System Design and Management… Read more »

Competing August 16, 2007 “Creating an effective suggestion system”


Sponsored by the Zone Control Achieve Program, gemba training for Supervisors Front-line Managers and Lead People the sergeants and lieutenants in the war against waste. To find out more go to or call 717-394-9106. Thanks to Jon Miller of Gemba Research and his article “The Suggestion System is No Suggestion” for much of the… Read more »

Next Network Meeting, Thursday October 11 at American LaFrance

It is my pleasure to announce our next network meeting: Where: American LaFrance, 64 Cocalico Creek Road, Ephrata, PA 17522, phone: 717-859-1176 When: Thursday October 11, 2007 from 8:30 until Noon What: Cultural Change at American LaFrance Who: 3 representatives per member company Why: American LaFrance has made significant and obvious strides improving the physical… Read more »

Lean Video Reviews – Competing August 2007


I think it is very important that the lean community shares what works and what doesn’t. This podcast will focus on three videos that work for my practice and will likely work for your company be it manufacturing, distribution, or service. All three videos were produced by The Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership

Network Meeting Summary – Clean Burn 7/19/07

The Clean Burn team showed us the progress they have made since the network’s visit last summer. Better organization and communication, improved visuals (more than 1500 items controlled by kanban), significantly improved assembly line flow, balance and productivity. Information was passed on, contact information was gathered and improvement remains our focus.