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Nelson Labs worked with MMEC Business Advisor Alistair Stewart on a plan to lay the foundation for long-term operational excellence. Stewart recommended a full operational excellence/lean bronze training program for the senior lab operations manager (now site leader) to create an OpEx champion, as well as a half-day Lean 101/Lean Lego workshop to begin engaging a larger group of key staff around the potential benefits of these concepts.
Based on the positive response to the initial project, the company has partnered with MMEC for two follow-up projects to develop and implement a lean transformation gameplan. The plan encompasses tools such as value stream mapping and Toyota Kata training to improve operations, as well as supervisory and teamwork assessments to enhance employee performance. To build further capacity, the company now has a continuous improvement manager who has also completed the lean bronze training and is leading the lean transformation initiative. MMEC continues to assist this lean champion as he implements 5S initiatives throughout the Bozeman facility, as well as providing support for 5S implementation in other Nelson Lab locations. In addition, Stewart is providing lean leadership coaching and professional development to seven high-potential leaders in Bozeman.