What would you do if you had the opportunity to completely design a new space for your manufacturing business? HarbisonWalker got to do just that, and they took full advantage of the opportunity to focus on lean processes. Industry Week reported that the new building will result in, "Better lead times, higher customer service levels and a more efficient plant with less downtime. That said, given his lean mindset, Hall already can envision means to lean the supply chain further." Click the link to learn more about these lean techniques and see photos of the new building!
People, lean processes and technology combine in HarbisonWalker International's first new factory since 1978. It’s not often that a manufacturer gets the opportunity to build a lean manufacturing facility from the ground up. Typically, lean is introduced into an existing plant and optimal layouts are constrained by any of several factors: inconveniently placed walls or immovable equipment, for example. Manufacturers then do the best they can, given their specific restrictions. Read More