Obama Likes Lean!

OK, our president-elect didn’t actually say he likes lean. But to promote his economic stimulus plan, he spent part of Friday touring a manufacturing company in Bedford Heights, Ohio – and it’s a company that embraces lean.

The business is Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Company. As CNNMoney notes, “The company is a carefully chosen poster child for Obama's stimulus plans: While so many manufacturers struggle with slowing sales, Cardinal Fastener is growing and adding staff, thanks to its focus on the green energy industry.”

With any luck, at least some news organizations will observe that there may be more to Cardinal’s success than just its choice of customers.

The company has been on a lean journey since 1998, and on its own website, it directly credits its adoption of lean principles as the basis for significant benefits, both for itself and its customers.

This places a wonderful spotlight on the value of lean manufacturing. Fantastic!


Mark Graban said...

I was pleased Tuesday when President Obama said we need to reduce costs and improve quality in healthcare.

He mentioned "technology" as an answer. We need him to understand that Lean and process improvement can help, too!

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