Steelcase to close some plants, cut 600 employees
The article doesn't say directly that Steelcase is cutting jobs “because of” lean manufacturing, but it seems hard not to draw that relationship. If the company is cutting jobs in the midst of a lean effort, that can't have a positive effect on the willingness of people to participate. It's too bad that Steelcase can't continue to grow, allowing people freed up by lean improvements to work in other areas or to grow the company.
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