WMEP: Lean Manufacturing Certificate Series offered this fall in Appleton

Contact: Linda Abbott 608-826-6215; [email protected]

APPLETON, Wis. – Area manufacturers can learn about high-impact strategies to reduce costs and drive efficiencies through their operations in a series of lean workshops being offered this fall in Appleton.

A free information session on the Lean Manufacturing Certificate Series will be held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the D.J. Bordini Center at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC). Participants will get a brief introduction to lean manufacturing and overview of the series. For more information, call Dick Welsch at 920-980-6862.

“Lean is a powerful strategy to eliminate waste, reduce costs, boost productivity and engage your employees in the success of your company,” said Welsch, manufacturing specialist for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP). “Lean is no longer an option – it’s a requirement if you want to survive the recession and position your company for future growth and profitability.”

The Series is a collaborative offering from WMEP and FVTC. Classes are:

Sept. 29, 2009 Principles of Lean 102

Oct. 13, 2009 Lean Enterprise Culture

Nov. 3, 2009 Value Stream Mapping

Nov. 17, 2009 5S/Visual Workplace

Dec. 1, 2009 Quick Changeover & Kaizen Principles

Jan. 5, 2010 Total Productive Maintenance

Jan. 19, 2010 Lean Manufacturing Project

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

Classes will be held at the D.J. Bordini Center at FVTC. Cost for the series is $2,100 per person; or $1,800 per person for three or more individuals from the same organization. Participants must complete all seven classes and a project to receive a Lean Manufacturing Certificate. To register, call 920-831-4317 or visit


WMEP is a private, nonprofit consulting organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers. WMEP is a leader in bringing Next Generation Manufacturing best practices to Wisconsin firms to help them achieve world-class performance through innovation and transformation. During the past five years, WMEP-assisted manufacturers reported economic impact of nearly $1 billion – $977 million – with 7,965 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. For more information, visit or call 1-877-856-8588.