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Alabama Technology Network (ATN)

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The Alabama Technology Network (ATN) is a part of the Alabama Community College System and serves as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate for Alabama. ATN has served Alabama manufacturers since 1996. ATN's team of experts helps address the needs of industry and business through innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions. ATN conducts detailed needs assessments, outlines potential solutions based on the assessment results, and provides technical assistance and customized training to help companies solve their problems. 

ATN links industry and business with its network of research universities, community colleges, government agencies, and other partner organizations to deliver the technical assistance, customized training, and other tools and resources needed to improve operational efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness for Alabama manufacturers. ATN offices are located strategically throughout the state at 15 community colleges and 3 research universities to provide local points of contact and access to resources. ATN's vision is to be the driving force that makes Alabama's manufacturers the most profitable, competitive, and productive in the world.

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Success Stories

Lean Training and Kaizen Events lead to Retained Sales and Cost Savings for Aker Solutions

Reported Year
2021
The Aker Solutions US team had been given a mandate to achieve 30% in cost savings within the current operating year. It quickly became apparent that to reach the aggressive goal, all levels of the organization would need to understand and demonstrate an awareness of continuous improvement techniques. There would also need to be a team of employees

Dwell and Decor Continues Improvement with Planned Reduction in Greenhouse Gases

Reported Year
2021
Dwell and Decor, formerly Plantation Patterns, like most manufacturers, is a generator of greenhouse gases and thus has an impact on possible climate change. One of Dwell and Decor's major customers is a “big box” retailer who has committed to the Carbon Disclosure Project, an international reporting group that encourages disclosure of the

Continual Improvement Plan Achieves Results for Process Barron

Reported Year
2021
Process Barron had created a continuous improvement plan which they referred to as the 2020 Strategic Initiative-VELOCITY. The plan focused on operational efficiencies to continuously improve customer satisfaction levels, maintain current sales, and increase new sales.
Created March 18, 2019, Updated July 12, 2021