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Questech: Changing an Industry One Stone and Tile at a Time

Questech believes its Eureka! idea will not only triple the size of their business, but change their industry as well. All it took was the Eureka! Winning Ways-inspired confidence to think big and commit to trying it out. The results speak for themselves. Client Profile Questech, in Rutland, Vermont, is a leading manufacturer of decorative […]

One Sweet Recipe for Success

Product: Ice cream novelties, inclusions and other specialty food products. Number of Employees: 140 Years in Business: 20 Location: Burlington, VT Situation In just 20 years Rhino Foods grew from a husband and wife run ice cream shop selling ice cream cookie sandwiches, to a 140-person company selling ice cream ingredients to the major industry […]

Maple Landmark Woodcraft: Middlebury Toy Company Garners National Attention With New Line

The growing interest in products free of lead paint or other hazardous finishes resulted in great market interest for the company. Eureka! Winning Ways helped take their ideas to market quickly to capitalize on the market opportunity, and has already resulted in a product line that could become one-quarter of their overall business. Client Profile […]

Sustained Change Improves Results Throughout Sonnax Industries

Sonnax is a leading supplier of aftermarket parts for automotive transmissions and torque converters. Founded 30 years ago, Sonnax employs 150 people in Bellows Falls, Vermont. However, in recent years, Sonnax’s growth rate began to slow down. A year and a half ago, President & CEO Tommy Harmon bought the company with a determination to […]

Questech Metals Celebrates Casting Machine Waste Reduction

Product: Decorative Tiles Number of Employees: 50 Years in Business: 14 Location: Rutland & Middlebury, VT Situation Questech Metals manufactures a highly desirable line of specialized decorative metallic tile. Initial manufacturing involved mixing and hand pouring in batches, but as the business grew they invested in an automated casting machine. VMEC was asked to assist […]

Maple Landmark Woodcraft Goes Against the Grain

Product: High-Quality Wood Toys & Giftware Number of Employees: 33 Years in Business: 24 Location: Middlebury, VT Situation One of Maple Landmark Woodcraft (MLW)’s signature products is a line of letter-shaped wooden train cars (NameTrains). The company’s traditional manufacturing and assembly processes required five days of process time for a single train, due to long […]

Lovejoy Tool Company Crafts Early Successes from Lean Implementations

Product: Insert Milling Cutters Number of Employees: 87 Years in Business: 87 Location: Springfield, VT Situation The Lovejoy Tool Company has been manufacturing insert milling cutters and support hardware for over 80 years in the southeast region of Vermont. When the economy of the region, and more specifically the machine tool industry, began to experience […]

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (GDATP)

Product: Reliability testing and demonstration of weapons systems Number of Employees: 500 Years in Business: 60 Location: Jericho, Vermont Situation General Dynamics designs, develops, and produces high-performance armament systems for military applications. The Ethan Allen Firing Range of GDATP is an 11,000 acre government facility located in Jericho, Vermont, and it features a complete weapons […]

Construction and Lean – Building a Strong Future Together

“You might be concerned about the constraints of your project: time, ongoing operations, cost, noise, environmental issues and more. Our extensive background in complex projects gives us the knowledge and confidence to address these issues.”  This message can be found on Stewart Construction’s home page web site.  And after spending time with Don Stewart, President […]

Supervisory Leadership Development: Growing Supervisors & Leaders for a Lean Environment

Most supervisors are promoted from within, but too often without having any company-provided structured training to help these individuals succeed in their new leadership roles.  When Mike Rainville, President, Owner and Founder of Maple Landmark Woodcraft decided he wanted to develop the leadership capabilities of his team of Supervisors to become “Lean Leaders” capable of taking on the responsibilities […]