Iowa manufacturing can survive: Lean manufacturing just one tool to guarantee it


More discussion about the future of Iowa manufacturing, with a focus on lean. Iowa has been hurt with recent news about Maytag, among other companies who have been scaling back or closing factories.

It's nice to see lean highlighted in a general news publication.

“Currently, Lean Enterprise processes are finding their way into Iowa health-care facilities, academia and government agencies such as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The Lean Enterprise system shines as one of the leading initiatives employed by Iowa manufacturers today that consistently succeeds in producing effective results.

The Gemba Pantarei blog also had an item about lean government in Iowa.

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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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