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Union, Brunswick discuss saving bowling ball jobs

Muskegon (MI) Chronicle

It's good to see another example of trying to use lean to remain competitive versus moving this work and factory out of the country. It seems like shipping costs on bowling balls would lead you toward locating close to your customer, somewhat (so maybe they are considering Mexico, not China). In this case, the union and management are working together — talk about a “burning platform” type of crisis to inspire real lean transformation. I'm sure the corporate office wouldn't keep many management jobs there without a factory! 30 to 60 days isn't much time though…

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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.

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