Lean Guns, Again

12/18/2006 – Smith & Wesson Buys Thompson/Center Arms – Outdoors – Chattanoogan.com:

Yesterday, it was the maker of Ruger firearms… today it’s Smith & Wesson acquiring a company and claiming that is lean manufacturing expertise will create value:

“… the acquisition ‘increases opportunities for both Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson’s ability to provide capital for growth and expertise in lean manufacturing processes will provide critical support for our new product pipeline and our need for increased capacity based on strong customer demand.”

Is this another Danaher story, but with firearms?

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I should have called this post, “Go Ahead, Make Me Lean” since Dirty Harry used a Smith & Wesson…

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

1 Comment

  1. Mike Gardner says

    I am always a little skeptical when a company trumpets their lean manufacturing prowess. If they were truly lean they would understand how far they have to go and not brag about what experts they are. I’m not into false humility, but the truly lean never go that route.

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