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LeanBlog Podcast #84 – Karl Wadensten, VIBCO and The Lean Nation

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Episode 84 is audio from Video Podcast #10 (available on iTunes, YouTube, or leanvideopocast.org). This is a conversation with Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO, a manufacturer in Wyoming, R.I. Here, we talk about his radio show, “The Lean Nation,” which airs on AM 790 in Rhode Island and streams live on the web everyday weekday at 4 PM eastern — www.790business.com (the show is now defunct).

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I’ve been able to get from Boston to VIBCO twice now and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen on my gemba walks each time. I’ll blog about this in more detail in the future, but it’s great seeing the pride on their employees faces when they describe and show you the improvements they’ve made on the shopfloor. I’ve seen this first hand:

Under Karl’s leadership, VIBCO is now a high performing business culture where lead times for over 1,300 SKUs have dropped from 4-6 weeks to “same day, next day”, inventory has been reduced by more than 50%, over 10,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing floor space is now freed up to accept future growth, and sales are well above industry trends.   These impressive improvements are the result of a workforce that is empowered to improve every day and understands the power of Lean Thinking.

Here are links for more about their “True North” and Lean journey.

This is also available as Video Podcast #10.

For earlier episodes, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes.

You can use the player (use the VCR-type controls) at the top of the post to listen to a “streaming” version of the podcast (or click here for the streaming audio and RSS subscription). The streaming link is faster for one-time listening (hardly any delay to start listening). Or you can use the download link to put it on your iPod or other MP3 player.

If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at [email protected] or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the “Lean Line” at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id “mgraban”. Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.


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