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).
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.
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About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.