Case Studies

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 […]

Flashbags: Sewing Much Better …

Founded in 2005, Flashbags is a growing 5-person company located in Burlington, Vermont. Their creative product line consists of artistic handbags and unique accessories. After receiving local press and national exposure during the summer of 2007, Flashbags began to experience a jump in sales, without an ability to produce at the required capacity. Their original […]

Cutting Edge Instruments

Product: Dental Burs Number of Employees: 17 Years in Business: 2 Location: Bridgewater Corners, VT Situation Cutting Edge Instruments (CEI) manufactures carbide dental burs used by dentists. CEI recognized that achieving ISO 13485:2003 certification would allow them to expand their sales and marketing efforts in Europe and Canada, and increase U.S. military and government sales. […]

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 […]

Bee’s Wrap – Because good food deserves good care

What do you get when you infuse organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin?  Bee’s Wrap, what else?!  Seeking a way to eliminate plastics in her kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store her family’s food, Vermonter Sarah Kaeck, created a washable, reusable and compostable alternative to plastic […]