Another Kaizen success for the L.E. Smith team!
On Monday March, 16th a group of 9 L.E. Smith associates spent the day tackling the total material utilization process from beginning to end. They reviewed material opportunities across manufacturing categories including laminate countertops and solid surface countertops. The goal of the Kaizen event was to find “waste” within our processes that we could correct to better align our material expenses with our sales revenue. The team began the day with a “Gemba Walk” through the facility, spending a couple hours observing current processes and asking questions to understand why we do things the way that we do. After this was completed, the team made a master list of areas that they believed should be addressed. They then selected the five most impactful ideas and began to implement corrective actions. The corrective actions implemented are anticipated to reduce waste, increase productivity, and to properly align material expenses with sales revenue. L.E. Smith will undoubtedly be better from the effort this team put forth.