Lean Manufacturing is about 8 types of waste, value added versus non-value added activities and finding and fixing problems to keep them from returning. Six Sigma is a very structured, data driven, problem solving methodology that has five steps: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control.
Combining the philosophies, tools, and methods of each, provides GMI the best opportunity to attack waste using proven problem solving techniques. Ten of GMI’s valued associates are taking the first round of extensive Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training. Mitchell Community College is facilitating the training. As part of this training, these ten will work in teams of two on five improvement projects which will greatly help GMI’s lean muscle development. This is a three month process which began in January. It will conclude in April as each team presents its project to GMI’s Executive Management Team. Members of the team are Nick Brown, Shaun Ervin, Josh Hall, Alan Morris, Debbie Paige, Chester Sackowski, Lisa Shoemaker, Donnie Smith, Brad Tomlin and Darlene Turner.