Your woodworking shop sales are rising, but orders for customized or short-run projects must turn around fast. And there's no room for error. Continuous Improvement and lean operations can help, by getting work done right, the first time. With minimal waste, capacity increases and profits grow.
In this case study webcast, North Atlantic's VP Dave Silvia tells how Horner Millwork (one of North Atlantic's seven mid-sized operations) cut waste, shortened lead time and improved quality in staircases, doors, windows and millwork, using Continuous Improvement and lean production.
Silvia will be joined by Pat Wardwell, an expert in continuous improvement and lean operations from GBMP.org, which helped North Atlantic and other woodworking firms adopt principles of lean management to grow capacity in existing operations.
You'll learn about:
• How continuous improvement works
• Introducing a lean approach to employees
• How custom work fits into lean production
Who should attend:
• Production managers
• Line supervisors
• Quality control managers
• General operations managers
VP Architectural Products Division
North Atlantic Corp.
David Silvia has worked in the woodworking industry for almost 28 years. As vice president of the Architectural Products Division of North Atlantic Corp., Somerset, MA, he is responsible for manufacture of three main wood product categories: custom stairs, custom mouldings and custom wood doors. Silvia started his personal lean manufacturing education and journey in 2002.
Chief Operating Officer
Wardwell heads operations at GBMP. Based at the University of Massachusetts, GBMP is a non-profit providing education in continuous improvement through customized on-site classes and shop-floor training in various sectors, including wood manufacturing. Prior to GBMP, Pat was VP operations at United Electric Controls Co., managing its Office of Continuous Process Improvement and internal education in the Toyota Production System. An experienced ISO lead auditor, Wardell holds an an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and an MBA from Bentley College. She is APICS Certified in Integrated Resource Management.
Editorial Director, Woodworking Network
Wood Interiors Media Group
Bill is responsible for editing Custom Woodworking Business and coordinating all content for Wood & Wood Products, CLOSETS magazine, Woodworkingnetwork.com and Closetsmagazine.com, along with related newsletters. Bill is also a board member of WoodLINKSUSA.org, the woodworking industry education advocacy organization. Prior to Vance Publishing, Bill’s background includes 20 years in business to business communications and 10 years in print manufacturing and production.
Registration is FREE.