Need lean results? Attend our Chicago conference

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According to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, many U.S.-based manufacturing companies are utilizing lean manufacturing techniques. However, the report shows that there’s a lot of room for improvement. The report chronicles that:

·        73 percent of U.S. manufacturers actively deploy lean or Six Sigma

·        49 percent of senior manufacturing executives are satisfied with their lean programs

·        44 percent of senior executives believe their lean programs are effective

·        5 percent of senior executives rate their lean programs as extremely effective

·        22 percent of U.S. manufacturers don’t use either lean or Six Sigma methodologies


Companies looking to improve upon their lean results – or expand the reach or scope of their lean programs – need to attend Reliable Plant’s “Lean Manufacturing 2008: Lean Tools for Maintenance and Reliability” conference, held October 6-8 in Chicago.


Speakers for this elite conference include:

·        Dr. Klaus Blache, director of manufacturing engineering, General Motors

·        Wayne Vaughn, former director of maintenance, Harley-Davidson

·        Samuel Bethea, director of North American reliability, Campbell’s Soup

·        Dana Fluet, lead maintenance and reliability engineer, and members of the plant M&R team, Harley-Davidson

·        Rick Fox, maintenance manager, and members of the Warrick power plant reliability team, Alcoa

·        Todd Bennett, president, United Southern Industries

·        Sam McPherson, lean enterprise and public sector consultant, Shingo Prize

·        Mark Steward, Operational Excellence team leader, Eaton

·        Mike Fisher, manager of EHS engineering, Baxter Healthcare

·        Pat Bartholomew, director of EHS management systems, Baxter Healthcare

·        Katie Benz, black belt, W.R. Grace

·        Dean Jones, director of engineering, Grede Foundry

·        David Townsend, manufacturing specialist, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·        Frank Bailey, plant manager, LAI International

·        Drew Troyer, CEO, Noria Corporation

·        David Hicks, lean specialist, Auburn University

·        Kevin Hartler, director of Grainger Consulting Services, W.W. Grainger

·        Dr. Jay Lee, director, University of Cincinnati/National Science Foundation Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems

·        Mike Bresko, managing director and principal, General Physics

·        Plus, representatives from Dow Corning and Brady Worldwide


To learn more about this event and to register, visit

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