TOCCOA, GA – Bob Ward has joined Osborne Wood Products ( as lean management coordinator.

Ward’s role is to work with each of the wood component manufacturer’s departments to determine ways to operate more efficiently. Ward’s extensive background in lean manufacturing includes engineering management positions as Coats North America and Milliken.

“Lean is about eliminating waste,” Ward said. “Anything that adds cost without adding value is waste. That can mean unnecessary steps, extra motion in transportation, defects or even too much inventory.”

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