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Made in the USA: TVs

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The No-Name Brand Behind the Latest Flat-Panel Price War – New York Times:

Another article about the Olevia brand (featured here before), which builds HDTV's in southern California:

“Syntax has lined up three factories in China and Taiwan to assemble 1.3 million TVs in 2007. It also has a contract factory in Ontario, Calif., operated by Solar Link Technologies of Taiwan, to more quickly deliver to retailers in the United States. It is now seeking the capacity to produce 1.2 million more TVs. Mr. Sollitto has been racing to arrange financing for all this growth.”

Not sure if it matters, but I learned, from this article, that Olevia doesn't own their own factory, it's done via a contract manufacturer. But, still, it must be Olevia's choice to have that facility in the U.S., for fast response time.

What's more “lean” — a factory in Mexico that does “lean things” or a factory that's in the U.S. and has a “leaner” value stream to the customers?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. 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 book is an anthology 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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