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"Once the ideas were brought to the attention of the employees, it happened very quickly. They removed obsolete parts and equipment and made space for their redesigned flow lines. Employees redesigned the assembly process into a cellular flow system for one product line. The Flow Line pilot test conducted on the first product line showed a 64 percent reduction in manufacturing time, a 49 percent decrease in work in process (WIP), and a 33 percent decrease in product travel distance. Most of the decrease in WIP was focused around the product inspection/test area that was formerly the bottleneck."

— Betty Anderson, Operations Facility Manager ABB’s Carson

"With Nevada Industry Excellence’s assistance we were able to reduce our manufacturing costs by over 27%. Our customers have been very pleased to see our implementation of Lean, especially 5S, visual workplace and standardized work procedures."

— John Collier, Plant Manager, Herb Trade

"I want to thank you for the opportunity and experience you provided Taiyo America with regards to your Growth Services program. Taiyo America come away from the seminar more energized, more driven, and certainly more focused with regards to innovation and product development. We also appreciated the input from MAP members and other outside parties in the idea mining sessions. You helped to “take the blinders off” and get us to take a look at opportunities outside of our comfort zone."

— Dave Rund, President, Taiyo America, Inc.

Advisory Board

Harvey Hornung - Board Chair and General Manager, Nevada Heat Treating

Ray Bacon - Executive Director, Nevada Manufacturers Association

Gary Blosl - Plant Manager, Clearwater Paper Corp.

Tony Ciorciari - Former Board Chair, Formerly Executive Vice President of Global Operations, International Game Technology (IGT)

Tim Crowley - President, Nevada Mining Association

Darren Divine - Vice President, Academic Affairs, College of Southern Nevada

Mridul Gautam - Vice President, Research and Innovation, University of Nevada, Reno

Bret Murphy - Dean, Applied Science, Great Basin College

Thomas Piechota - Vice President of Research and Economic Development, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mike Skaggs - Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

BJ Sullivan - President Clark & Sullivan Constructors

John Williams - President, Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO)

Ron Zurek - Vice President, Administration and Finance, University of Nevada, Reno