Calling Chicago Area Lean Companies
Looking for help from Chicago-area lean folks….
I was contacted by a Quality Manager at a pretty small, privately-held manufacturing company in the Chicago suburbs. they are considering launching into lean and they'd like to talk to or visit with a company (or companies) who can share their experiences with lean (hopefully, successes).
If you'd like to get in touch with him, email me using the link on the left hand page and I'll make the connection for you.
It's a company of about 50 people, but they sell nationally and internationally. My emailer also said, when I asked him where they thought lean would apply:
“I was thinking that we would probably plant the seed and try to get everyone to buy-in company-wide because it is a culture change. We would probably look at production activities closely first because of the perceived “best bang for the buck” results. However, we need it across the board. This organization, like many, is rife with waste and redundant, non-value-adding activities.”
I've also suggested to him, via email, that he look into the Illinois MEP program as a potential source of contacts. Any other ideas for him?
In general, how *do* you find other lean companies to network/share with, other than looking for Google search results, in the news, or through some of the lean email lists or networks? What do you recommend for the Chicago company or for others??