Golden Artist Colors, Inc., or simply GOLDEN, founded in 1980 and based in New Berlin, New York, manufactures paints for the art materials market. The company produces a line of acrylic colors that includes recreations of historic pigments, the Williamsburg line of artists' oil paints, QoR watercolors, and decorative and architectural paints and mediums. GOLDEN became an employee-owned company in 2002 and currently employs 234 people.
GOLDEN embarked on a project to improve production efficiencies and effectiveness, and requested the Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology (AM&T), part of the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the MEP National NetworkTM, provide training in Lean and Continuous Improvement to support the effort. The company obtained a Workforce Development Institute Grant to offset a portion of the costs.
—Matt Asma, Training and Development Specialist
Golden Artist Colors and AM&T looked at the company’s operations and determined what kind of Lean and Continuous Improvement training would be of the most benefit. As a result, AM&T provided a series of training events from February to October 2017 to engage employees at all levels. First, an overview of Lean concepts was provided, with a focus on Standard Work, 5S, and Visual Workplace for all operations employees. Second, two five-day Kaizen events in paint making and filling taught participants how to work as a team designing and implementing improvements using Standard Work, 5S, and Visual Systems. Staff learned how to facilitate Kaizen events, including planning and preparing activities as well as how to conduct events and perform follow-up. Staff learned basic facilitation tools and team dynamics to promote high performance teams. An 8-Step Problem Solving Training helped GOLDEN team members learn how to effectively solve and prevent problems that can save the organization time, money, and resources. Finally, AM&T worked with GOLDEN to create a sustainable Continuous Improvement program.
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The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership is the official representative of the MEP National Network in New York. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy. The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.