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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 is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. 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 book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

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