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Lean Improves Efficiency of Yamhill County Elections

With today’s heated political environment across the country, voters in Yamhill County, Oregon will be pleased to learn of significant improvements made recently to streamline and bolster the integrity of the elections process. A team of Election Workers – led by County Clerk Brian Van Bergen – applied Lean principles to the process of gathering, […]

How Oregon Growers Are Making Lean Improvements With Help From Their Peers

The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium recently helped two Pacific Northwest growers realize significant productivity gains through a series of “rapid improvement activity” events, reported Greenhouse Grower magazine. “Implementing Lean practices at JLPN has become an entirely new skill set — just as crucial as the skills required to grow tree liners — that creates value for our […]

Triple-Digit Gains at Consortium’s First Event of 2017

The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium helped one of its cohorts realize a 182 percent productivity gain at its first rapid improvement activity for 2017. The event was held in February at JLPN Inc., a deciduous ornamental tree liner grower in Salem, Oregon. Three teams focused on a grading process, targeting the extra time and steps […]

Peters Company Leaders Honored by Horticulture Industry Association

Rick and Elizabeth Peters were honored with the “Distinguished Member of the Horticultural Allied Trades” award by the Oregon Association of Nurseries at their Annual Convention November 5, 2016 in Sunriver. The award recognizes an allied trade member who has shown exemplary support for the OAN, the industry and its members. It was presented to […]

Supporting the 2019 Farwest Show

The 2019 Farwest Show, held August 21 – 23 at the Oregon Convention Center, is an important annual gathering place for nursery and greenhouse professionals from across the globe. It’s presented by the Oregon Association of Nurseries and supports this key industry–one of the state’s largest agriculture sectors. The Peters Company will offer two case studies during the educational sessions…

Oregon Lean Group Gains National Attention

Wilsonville, OR – August 24, 2016 The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium has captured a national spotlight this month with a cover feature in the June issue of Nursery Management magazine. The national publication provides top news and exclusive research, as well as technical and business management content to more than 16,000 wholesale growers throughout North […]

The Power of Process

Nursery Management magazine, June 2016. The sun is not yet up, and a small group of professionals from nurseries and greenhouses in Oregon’s Willamette Valley have gathered before the work crew arrives, for an activity that will change the way a nursery does a business process…for the better. A new consortium has been launched in […]

Eliminating Waste with Lean

Digger magazine, May 2016 Lean processes result in greater value for growers and their customers. Another method nurseries are using to become more efficient and improve productivity is called Lean. Lean is a way of identifying, reducing and eliminating waste in business processes. Also known as the Toyota Production System, Lean recognizes that the concept […]

Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium Launched

Wilsonville, OR – February 12, 2016A new consortium has been launched where nurseries and greenhouse operations work together to deploy Lean principles in their businesses. Leaders with the Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium have committed to learning and applying principles of lean – or the Toyota Production System – together for one year. Top practitioners in […]