Somerset Wood Products is one of the largest manufacturers of Appalachian Hardwood Lumber in the United States with over 3.5 million board feet of kiln capacity and 2.5 million board feet of pre-drier capacity. Somerset Hardwood Flooring is a privately owned company with over 50 years growth in the hardwood industry.
The AKA instructors brought just the right mix and just the right ability to relate with the people. The way the course was delivered made the real difference. The instructors had a unique ability to understand the audience and did a great job interacting with them. It is worth the time and investment to have AKA come in and do the training!
Somerset Hardwood Flooring participated in the SKED ARC SEED 2.0 grant program, which was awarded to approved manufacturers in the ARC region. An operations assessment identified suggested areas for improvement. Somerset Hardwoods elected to begin with AKA’s Leadership Suite which is designed to develop effective supervisory and leadership skills among front line leaders and potential leaders. This was followed by AKA’s Lean 101 simulation workshop and value stream mapping workshop. After the value steam mapping specifically, Somerset Hardwood personnel were led through several VSM Kaizen days on Somerset Hardwood Flooring’s factory floor. On the last day of the week a presentation was made by the participants to upper management. Great excitement was in the room as the results were presented.