GM Oshawa says "Beat Toyota"

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The Globe and Mail: In the boardroom at the General Motors Oshawa plant is a baseball bat. Two words are carved on it: Beat Toyota (only first page available):

Interesting quote:



“‘We're not landing a man on the moon any more,' says Mike Quinton, the plant manager in Oshawa, Canada's largest auto assembly facility producing more than 2,600 cars a day. ‘Eliminating the need to walk around to get parts, eliminating wasted movements, having the parts right there when you need them: It all adds up.'”

It has always intrigued me that lean is so simple, yet so hard to do. Such common sense, but so uncommon. Waste seems so obvious, but only when it's pointed out by an “outsider” as opposed to those who look at it (and tolerate it) every day.

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1 Comment
  1. Anonymous says

    Yeah, they “beat” and “scratch” non-GM cars parked in their parking lots. They don’t realized that there are vendors and suppliers who work or visit the plant once in a while. These GM workers are so uneducatedly pathetic to mis-interpret the slogan.

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