Category Archives: Process Improvement

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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West Michigan-Based Avio-Tech Ltd. Profiled in MiBiz

In September 2020, MiBiz profiled West Michigan-based Avio-Tech Ltd. and the TAAF program in their online publication. As a result, the article titled Great Lakes trade center helps manufacturers compete with imports reached nearly 100,000 readers in West, Southwest and Central Michigan. Avio-Tech Company President Lee Thomas said he saw the GLTAAC program as a worthwhile venture. Read more about

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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.

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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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