The New England Lean Consortium held its April 2018 Lean Leaders Meeting at Thermo Fisher in Franklin, MA, on Tuesday, May 2nd. This was a Members Only meeting as Thermo Fisher, Franklin, MA, is not a member of the New England Lean Consortium. The NELC recognizes that not all the best practices in Lean and Operational Excellence reside in the member companies. Therefore, we visit non-member companies that are considered Centers of Excellence, or companies that are well down the road on their Lean Journey. Thermo Fisher, Franklin, MA was one of the Plant Tours for the AME Boston 2017 Conference. It was rated as “Advanced” by the Plant Tours Committee, of which, I was Co-Chair, and highly rated by the people who went on the plant tour.