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MH&L Reports: Lean is a Supply Chain Exercise for Gleason

Tom Andel from Material Handling & Logistics reports how this gear cutting tool supplier is convincing customers and vendors that lean logistics is more powerful as a collaborative effort.

"Because of our lean efforts we can receive an order, get it designed, manufactured and shipped to a customer in Japan faster than they can get it from a domestic supplier," says Spencer Greenwaldt, manufacturing supervisor for the Gleason Cutting Tools plant in Loves Park, Ill.

During very tough economic climates, Gleason has been able to not only retain market share, but to grow it's business both domestically and overseas.

Gleason has a global continual improvement team with representatives at every facility that meet quarterly.

Read more about how Gleason's continual improvement efforts have made a difference.

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