Lean Manufacturing Certificate Series Offered this Fall in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A Lean Manufacturing Certificate Series is being offered in Green Bay this fall to help area manufacturers improve performance and competitiveness.

Area manufacturers can learn more about the upcoming Lean series from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Center for Business and Industry at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay. The session is free; coffee and rolls will be provided. Participants will get a brief introduction to lean manufacturing and have the opportunity to do a lean self-assessment. For more information, or to register, call David Townsend at 920-737-0050.

“Lean is a powerful strategy to eliminate waste, reduce costs, boost productivity and engage your employees in the success of your organization, said Townsend, manufacturing specialist for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP). “It is transforming businesses here and around the globe.”

This fall’s Lean Manufacturing Certificate Series is a collaborative offering from WMEP and NWTC. Classes are:

Sept. 9, 2008 Principles of Lean Manufacturing

Sept. 23, 2008 Lean Enterprise Culture

Oct. 7, 2008 Value Stream Mapping

Oct. 21, 2008 5-S/Visual Workplace

Nov. 4, 2008 Quick Changeover and Kaizen Principles

Nov. 18, 2008 Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Dec. 16, 2008 Lean Manufacturing Project

The day-long classes are taught by WMEP’s lean experts, who typically have 20+ years of private sector manufacturing experience.

The fall classes will be held at the Center for Business and Industry. Cost for the series is $2,100; or $300 – $360 per class (out of state higher). Group discounts are available. Online registration is available at http://corporatetraining.nwtc.edu. Participants must complete all seven classes to receive a Lean Manufacturing Certificate.

A Lean Manufacturing Certificate gives manufacturers the internal resources to meet the challenge of implementing and sustaining improvements, Townsend said. The workshops are designed to provide participants with targeted technical competencies in applying lean methods. The series includes an in-plant project that challenges participants to create significant change within their own organization.

WMEP (www.wmep.org) is a private, nonprofit organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers. Since 1996, WMEP’s experts have helped more than 2,500 small and midsize manufacturers improve profitability and productivity. WMEP is a leader in lean manufacturing, growth services, strategic business planning, quality systems and supplier development. During the past five years, WMEP-assisted manufacturers reported economic impact of $931 million with more than 8,635 jobs created/retained. WMEP receives financial support from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, and partners with many public and private organizations to serve Wisconsin manufacturers.