WOOD 100 2014: Lean Manufacturing Spurs Sales at Stevens
September 8, 2014 | 7:14 pm UTC

WOOD 100 2014: Lean Manufacturing Spurs Sales at StevensStevens Industries, Teutopolis, IL — A full-line manufacturer of TFL and HPL casework and millwork, Stevens continues to focus on reducing scrap, lean manufacturing and improving quality. Its efforts have already paid off, with 2013 sales growing 8.8%.

“With all purchases or developments, we are keying in on the lean concepts of reducing non-value added steps and increasing the ability to be right the first time,” says President Todd Wegman.

Among the changes on the assembly lines were the addition of throughfeed drilling centers and robotic turners, plus quick change edgebanding and added pinning capacity. The firm also invested in new presses and software, including Stevens QAdvantage software (single source entry for quoting, drawing and BOM generation) REVIT files for customers to specify products.

Also aiding sales was the partnering with reps and dealers “to continue sharing our product lines with new and growing markets,” adds Amanda Emmerich, marketing coordinator.

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