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Iowa and Lean, Once Again

Making Iowa more business friendly a goal for lawmakers

Iowa sure pops up quite a bit in the lean news, between Maytag and Pella, and Gov. Tom Vilsack's promotion of lean.

In this case, the Governor is trying to help promote lean throughout the state, including his own government (thanks to the Gemba Panta Rei blog).

Vilsack's plan also includes creating the Lean Manufacturing Institute, which would provide training for Iowa's manufacturers. The training would help companies focus on methods of reducing inventory, on-time delivery and higher productivity.

Here are some earlier articles referencing Iowa.

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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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