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Mr. Lean Buys & Transforms a Manufacturing Company

A True Story by Greg Lane, Foreword by John Shook

Purchasing a company permits you the freedom to focus where you see the most potential, but carries the ultimate responsibility. Read a true story of process improvements and cultural change in a small manufacturing company that double sales and reach a 46% gross margin. Armed with only lean knowledge, follow the story of how Greg purchased and worked to transform the company which manufactured high precision metal and plastic parts for semi conductor equipment OEM’s and medical device manufacturers. This low volume, high variation manufacturing organization required adapting the principals of process improvement from mass manufacturing.
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The business was operating for 18 years when purchased and some employees had been there from its inception, creating a strong culture. Learn how improvements were made, resistance overcome and what was done to sustain the necessary new traits and behaviors. You will get to know the employees and how they struggled with certain changes; you will also learn the engagement techniques that were used to attain support for continuous improvement.

The company also expanded into new products during this period, this growth strategy provided the security for the team to always look towards continuous improvement without fear. You will gain practical ideas to lead change within your organization, and also learn from the mistakes that were made.


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Table of Contents Preface  
Prologue:The Purchase  
Chapter 1: The Beginning Observing & Documenting
Chapter 2: Standardizing the Estimating Process
Chapter 3: Learning the Office Processes
Chapter 4: The First Days Alone
Chapter 5: Creating & Selling Capacity
Chapter 6: Getting Everyone Motivated for Improving the Machines Output
Chapter 7: Seeing the Administrative Processes from a New Angle
Chapter 8: Moving the Business
Chapter 9: Accurate Pricing Through Better Cost Allocations
Chapter 10: Upfront Delays
Chapter 11: Making Lots of Money During the Good Times
Chapter 12: Expanding Into New Products
Chapter 13: Business for Sale
Chapter 14: Reflections
About the Author  
 

Appendices (examples of implemented improvements) Praise for Mr. Lean Buys & Transforms a Mfg. Co:

“It's a fun read. If you've ever considered how you would go about transforming your own manufacturing enterprise or if you own such an enterprise that needs transformation this book will definitely provide thought-provoking ideas and some guiding principles along with specific hints for dealing with challenges that your company faces today.”

- John Shook | Former Toyota Manager & CEO of Lean Enterprise Institute, November 2009
“This intriguing story proves beyond a doubt that lean principals go a long way towards profitability for all of us. Assuming you subscribe to management being synonymous with improvement, you are sure to come away from this book with a clear plan for trialing a few new improvements”

- Xavier Pujol | Plant and Site Manager Continental Corporation


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