Can your cabinet shop handle total Lean immersion?
March 6, 2018 | 9:45 am CST

PASADENA, Calif. -- Lean guru, Brad Cairns, returns to the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Exposition on March 27, 2018, with an all-day track devoted to lean, titled "Total Lean Immersion."  Cairns delivered his presentation, "Kick-Ass Lean: What the heck is this LEAN thing everyone is talking about?" at CCCE 2017 in front of a packed audience in Schaumburg, IL.

As the principal of the Center for Lean Learning, Cairns also heads the Best Damn Doors, in St. Thomas, Ontario. "A passion for Lean Manufacturing had led me near and far helping companies break the traditional barriers and create a Lean learning culture," says Cairns, who notes that "'Lean" is not simply a toolkit that can be applied, with predictable results to follow. "Yes, there are many tools and techniques for Lean, but just as important as the tools are management support, employee buy-in, and education," said Cairns.

Lean Guru, Brad Cairns, will deliver a full day presentation, Total Lean Immersion, at the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo on March 27.
Cairns registered his first woodworking company at the age of 16.  In his own words “there was just no other path for me, I love to build stuff.” Having done display cabinetry, full museum galleries, store fixtures (for large chains), residential kitchens, component manufacturing and commercial millwork, after 25 years in business, he brings a vast knowledge of the woodworking industry.
His personal BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to transform the woodworking industry back into a fun and profitable sector of North American manufacturing. An avid student of TPS (Toyota production systems) and TOC (Theory of Constraints) these combined manufacturing principles are the basis of his approach to business.  
Besides the Lean Track two other education tracks are planned for March 27:  Closets-- Profitability Through Innovation and Cabinets -- Upgrade Your Business Now.  In addition, other complimentary education sessions are planned.  Click here for an updated conference schedule.
The Association of Closet and Storage Professionals (ACSP) will once again offer designer certification during the conference allowing designers a chance to see the latest home storage products on the market and get certified in the same day.
The Top Shelf Design Awards will also be celebrated at an awards reception the evening of March 28. 
CCCE 2018 is owned and managed by the Woodworking Network whose assets include FDMC, Closets & Organized Storage, RED BOOK,, the Daily Brief, Wood Pro Expo and  WMS, the national event for Canada's wood products industry.
The 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference is produced in partnership with the Association of Closets and Storage Professionals (ACSP) and the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA).
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Harry Urban is the publisher of  the Woodworking Network.  Urban has more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business publishing, trade shows and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows.