10 members of the Vantec Team benchmark best practices from other great manufacturers, in Wisconsin.
We visited 6 plants in three days. Thank you to our gracious hosts for allowing us inside to benchmark with their continuous improvement leaders. We visited Ariens, Parker, Bemis Manufacturing, Harley Davidson Powertrain Operations, H-D Museum, Serigraph, and Hansen Plastics.
The Vantec Team came back excited and ready to implement great improvements!! Our team rocks!! Our next Lean learning journey, will be to St. Louis to spend time with Cambridge Engineering and Empire Comfort.
Governor Branstad visits Vantec for MFG DAY, today, along with Iowa House Representative, Rob Bacon, and Iowa Senator, Jerry Behn
MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
Vantec strongly believes in learning the Toyota Production System. Vantec president & CEO studies Toyota and their suppliers in Japan with other presidents.
Vantec CEO, Sherri Hotzler, attends Japan Study Mission with Norm Bodek and Paul Akers. As Chairman of the Manufacturing Excellence Network in Young Presidents Organization, she lead the Lean Study Mission with John Shook, Karl Wadensten, Tadahiro Kawada and Paul Akers. The event won YPO”s Best Business Network Event 2016. Time was spent touring Toyota and their supplier plants, as well as Lexus Plant 2. Former Toyota president Mr, Amezawa, Mr. Ritsuo Shingo, Dr. Mori of DMG Mori, John Shook of LEI, Takahiro Fujimoto of the University of Tokyo, and many of the attendees fortunate enough to learn from these extraordinary leaders.
YPO Japan Study Mission Day 1, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCe1Xs50fDE
YPO Japan Study Mission Day 2, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbDCy8zIgSM
YPO Japan Study Mission Day 3, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgMSwfxofY
YPO Japan Study Mission Day 4, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZDs-K-4cVc
YPO Japan Study Mission Day 5, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVQH3GVTBaI
YPO Japan Study Mission Day 6, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvNnq6qhuIM