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Oregon Lean Consortium Open To New Members

After another successful program year, the Oregon Lean Consortium is now open to new members for 2020. The Oregon Lean Consortium is a tight-knit group of companies that learn Lean principles and methods, then apply them in each other’s businesses. Each company engages three people who are trained and serve on improvement events—called “kaizen”—at different […]

‘Lean’ nurseries boost productivity

Photo By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press – Published Jan 10, 2020 Mateusz Perkowski of the Capital Press newspaper recently highlighted ways nurseries have effectively applied Lean principles in the past year. The story quoted three businesses who have deployed Lean principles to identify and reduce waste in processes: Peoria Gardens of Albany, Weyerhaeuser Turner Regeneration, and JLPN of […]

Oregon Lean Consortium Reports 2019 Year-End Results

Members of the Oregon Lean Consortium reported significant improvements when they met for final reports in Wilsonville on December 11, 2019. Leaders from seven Oregon nursery, greenhouse and supplier companies worked together for one year with a professional facilitator to develop skills and apply the principles of Lean in each others’ organizations. The following gains […]

Lean Foundations in English and Spanish

The Peters Company is offering two one-day workshops on the foundational principles of Lean–also known as the Toyota Production System. Delivered either in English or Spanish, this introductory workshop uncovers basic concepts that have helped organizations across the globe develop their workforce and dramatically improve their bottom line. English LanguageThursday, October 10, 2019  8:00 a.m. – […]

Policy Deployment Workshop for Leaders

The Peters Company is offering a high-velocity Policy Deployment workshop for company executives and senior managers on June 12, 2019 in Wilsonville, Oregon. Many companies “do Lean things” that deliver incremental, scattershot improvements, yet fail to achieve breakthrough results. Every leader faces the challenge of how to translate vision into measurable improvements that transform the organization […]

Keeping Things Moving

“The Lean concept of continuous flow delivers big for Oregon’s nurseries,” reported Jon Bell in the May, 2019 edition of Digger magazine. “Twenty people to five. A quarter-mile span to 20 feet. One week to 20 minutes. What do these all have in common? They are all some of the head-scratching efficiencies that individual nurseries across Oregon have […]

Creating Standard Work

Digger magazine’s May, 2019 issue takes an in-depth look at four essential Lean concepts. Writer Jon Bell focused on a make-or-break topic for any organization that wants to sustain Lean over time: Standard Work. “At its most basic, the Lean concept of standard work is simply defining the most efficient method to accomplish a task […]

Organizing spaces with 5S

“Many nurseries deploying Lean to make their processes less wasteful have found that organizing work spaces is a crucial part of their approach,” wrote Bill Goloski in the May, 2019 edition of Digger magazine. “To do this, they are deploying a Lean methodology called “5S.” The letters stand for 1) sort, 2) set in order, 3) shine, […]

Identifying Value and Waste

A central focus of Lean is finding process steps that add value, and identifying and reducing those that don’t add value from the customer’s perspective. In the May, 2019 edition of Digger magazine, Editor Curt Kipp takes a look at how some Oregon nurseries have increased productivity and improved workplace morale by thoughtfully applying this concept in […]