Brunswick to Close Factory


L.A. Times

Here's a sad update on an earlier story about Brunswick. They decided to move bowling ball production to Mexico, closing the factory in Michigan. The CEO said:

“After discussions with union representatives, we have found that little more can be done to mitigate the relatively high labor costs of the current manufacturing operation when compared with an operation in Mexico.”

Too bad they couldn't figure out how to run the company more effectively. Doesn't it make the CEO a failure since they have to close the factory and throw 100+ people out of work? The company (along with the union) had been trying to use lean manufacturing to cut costs. I guess they ran out of patience.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published 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.

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