Manufacturing excellence is alive and well in North America. Remarkable manufacturing facilities with remarkable team members and leaders are delivering remarkable results. They are doing so in the face of intense global competition, increasing...
"We knew we could get to where we needed if everyone was willing to make fundamental changes," explains Joseph Brown, plant manager.
"Our quality is our customers' quality. Our performance is their performance," says Paul Henningsen, senior director of strategy and planning.
Despite being a defense contractor and thus held to certain government-established standards, Lockheed Martin works daily to improve every aspect of the operations it controls and to find new ways to be competitive.
Thermo Fisher Scientific's Asheville, N.C., plant makes continuous improvement the foundation for growth.
"What we did here was apply that same kind of methodology and thought process to our safety program's results as we would with a cost program," explains Keith Kelble, 3M Aberdeen plant manager.
"We're making more motorcycles in one building than we did in all of those old ones," says Ed Magee, New Factory York general manager.
H.C. Starck's Newton, Mass., plant had the pieces it needed. It just had to rejigger them a bit.