LeanBlog Podcast #20 – Kevin Meyer, “Onshoring”

kevinThe LeanBlog Podcast is back with episode #20, our guest is Kevin Meyer, the founder of Superfactory Ventures, which can be found at Superfactory.com. You may know Kevin from his popular blog, Evolving Excellence. We’ll be talking about a number of lean topics including his upcoming panel moderation at the Kellogg Manufacturing Business Conference, being held in Evanston IL in May.

If you enjoy this podcast, I hope you’ll check out the rest of the series by visiting the LeanBlog Podcast main page.

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Show Notes and Approximate Time, Episode #20

  • 1:30 How Kevin got started with Lean
  • 3:00 About the Evolving Excellence Blog
  • 5:00 Blogging as a learning experience
  • 6:00 Kevin will be speaking at Northwestern University, moderating a panel discussion on in-sourcing on on-shoring at their Manufacturing Business Conference
  • 6:20 Companies that have been able to build manufacturing competencies in the U.S., rather than running overseas, looking at total cost, rather than just labor cost
  • 8:00 The conference is May 12, open to registration by the public (main conference page)
  • 8:15 A list of companies Kevin has talked about on the blog
  • 9:10 How can we spread the word and fight the perception that you can’t do manufacturing here?
  • 9:45 Kevin’s example of a custom ski manufacturer who imports very small quantities from China rather than doing it here
  • 10:30 Danaher as a good example of lean and U.S. competitiveness
  • 10:50 American Leather, building furniture here in Texas
  • 12:20 Kevin’s example of Avery Dennison
  • 13:30 Are retailers encouraging lean practices or pushing suppliers overseas?
  • 14:30 Are there some valid reasons for building in China?
  • 15:40 Kevin’s example of American Apparel
  • 16:30 New Zealand manufacturing and off-shoring pressures
  • 17:30 Kevin talks about lean and the value of experience in the workforce, Whirlpool example of moving to Mexico and throwing away that experience
  • 20:30 The book from the blog, written by Kevin and Bill Waddell : Evolving Excellence: Thoughts on Lean Enterprise Leadership

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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 eBook 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.

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