• Joe Rizzo. Director of the New England Lean

Plant Tour: New Balance

New Balance

Date: Tuesday December 4th, 2018 Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am NOTE: Please arrive at 9:00 am Location: New Balance, 190 Merrimack St, Lawrence, MA 01843 Phone: (978) 685-8400

Notes: This is a Members Only Event It will not be a full Lean Leaders Meeting Lunch will not be provided

To Register contact Joe Rizzo 207-400-4403 jrizzo43@bellsouth.net

The New England Lean Consortium will be holding its December Meeting at New Balance in Lawrence, MA. This will be a Plant Tour of a company that is recognized for its advanced Lean program and not a regular Lean Leaders Meeting. This will be a Members Only event. The NELC is not so naïve as to think that all the Lean best practices reside in the members of the New England Lean Consortium.

From time to time, the NELC visits non-member companies that have demonstrated Excellence on their Lean journey. New Balance was one of the Plant Tours for the AME Annual Conference in Boston in 2017. This tour was highly attended and highly rated.

Among the best practices that attendees will see are:

  • A highly efficient and very productive example of a high mix, low volume manufacturing facility

  • Quality at the source, with many applications of poke-a-yoke, mistake proofing

  • Eight step Problem boards throughout the manufacturing process

  • The ‘energy’ and passion at the associate level for what they are making

  • Worker flexibility and cross training

  • Employee recognition

New Balance Athletics, Inc., best known as simply New Balance, is an American multinational corporation based in the Boston, Massachusetts area. The company was founded in 1906 as the "New Balance Arch Support Company" and is one of the world's major sports footwear manufacturers.

Made in USA Sneakers Manufactured in the US for over 75 years and representing a limited portion of our US sales. New Balance Made in USA, is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater.

A Lean Consortium is a group of companies and organizations that get together to help each other on their Lean Continuous Improvement journey by sharing best practices and resources. Facilitated by a Lean CI professional, the Consortium brings together local companies and peers to share, learn and grow with each other on their Lean journey.

Meeting Content A Lean Leaders Meeting is an opportunity to learn new approaches to improving a Continuous Improvement Program. Attendees at these meetings can always walk away with some new ideas or new tools that they can apply at their own place of work. The host company benefits from the Meeting through the Plus/Delta Feedback Session as many improving ideas are offered during the session. The main benefit of a Lean Consortium is the fresh pair of eyes that come to a member company, and see the obvious waste. Attendees ask the Why? questions. Why do you do that? Why do you do it that way?

The attendees at a Lean Leaders meeting are all Lean Practitioners, possessing great experience, expertise and skills in Lean. The attendees offer their suggestions for improvement based on what they see and what they hear. It is a great opportunity to have a team of leading Lean Practitioners tour your plant and provide positive, reinforcing feedback.

This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.

To Register contact Joe Rizzo 207-400-4403 jrizzo43@bellsouth.net