Category Archives: Process Improvement

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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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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