Category Archives: Process Improvement

TAAF Program Featured in Michigan Manufacturers Association’s MiMfg Magazine

In July 2020, the Michigan Manufacturers Association profiled the TAAF program in their monthly MiMfg Magazine. As a result the article, titled Federal Program Helps Michigan Manufacturers Beat Import Competition, reached nearly 1,700 member companies across Michigan. Joe Dobrowolski, President of Superior Fabrication (also an MMA member), explains his experience with GLTAAC and TAAF: “Superior Fabrication Co., LLC engaged Great

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No such thing as a “Lean Job Shop”

As I visit companies in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, I consistently hear that lean manufacturing does not work in job shops. The belief is that lean manufacturing only works in low mix/high volume environments, e.g. Toyota, but not in the high mix/low volume environments typified by most job shops. In other words, there is no such thing as a lean

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Why should I care about Lean Manufacturing? It doesn’t apply to my business.

It’s hard to believe in this day and age how many businesses still choose not to take advantage of the benefits of adopting a Lean culture. As a business owner or officer, you are free, of course, to make a decision not to implement Lean – after all it’s your company.  Maybe you’re already making more money than you can

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How to work with a consultant

At GLTAAC we help our client manufacturing companies by covering 50% of the cost for third-party experts (i.e., consultants) on crucial projects to improve their competitiveness. Many clients identify this outside expertise themselves. For others, we help them identify, select, and secure the best outside expertise (typically a professional consultant, but not always) for each improvement project. We’ve helped hundreds

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