With the recommendation of the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation, GMI received a scholarship from NC State University’s E3 (Economy, Energy, Environment) Program. As a recipient, GMI received valuable services including:
- A Lean and Green Assessment
- Carbon Footprint Assessment
- Energy Systems Assessment
- Business Needs Assessment
- Worker Safety Review
- Follow-up Assistance to develop Action Plan for implementing recommendations
- SBTDC Assistance and training for fiscal health, access to loans
- Workforce Development and community college training
E3 helps manufacturers compete by identifying methods to streamline processes; promoting a collaborative spirit, relying on experts in the fields that can address a manufacturer’s needs and challenges; identify and instill a continuous improvement culture and incorporating sustainable practices which will lead to profitability. For more information: http://e3.ies.ncsu.edu/interest.
As an added bonus, GMI participated in a PROBE (PROmoting Business Excellence) for Manufacturing best practice benchmarking process. GMI’s results were analyzed through a world class model of manufacturing excellence developed by the London Business School, Comparison International and other partners, and benchmarked against an international sample of organizations within the GMI data set. PROBE assesses the management and operational practices of individual manufacturing organizations and the resulting indicators of performance.
Achieving world-class status is based upon the proposition that the adoption of best practice in manufacturing management leads to strong manufacturing performance, which in turn leads to superior business performance. ‘Practice’ refers to the established processes and procedures that an organization has in place to manufacture, deliver and measure its products and services. ‘Performance’ refers to what is achieved, with an emphasis on operational aspects including product and service quality.
Through the questionnaire, the PROBE team assesses many aspects of GMI’s organization’s practices and performance. GMI’s consensus scores were analyzed and compared with the world-class manufacturing model and with other organizations in a sample drawn from the PROBE database, to produce output charts of three types: scatter diagrams, quartiles charts, and weakest and strongest elements charts. They can assist GMI’s organizational efforts to reflect upon the strength of its performance and of the practices that deliver that performance, and to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement. The PROBE World Class Grid places organizations in one of four categories: Vulnerable, Could Do Better, Promising and Contender. Although GMI was included in the Contender group, several areas for improvement were identified in “practices” and “performance” relative to their comparison group. GMI management took this as a “call” to action to ensure it remains competitive and relevant.