Oregon Lean Consortium launches new program year

The Oregon Lean Consortium welcomed two new companies as it launched its 2019 program year with a planning workshop on January 15. Seven diverse horticulture businesses will work together on process improvement for the next 12 months:

  • Bailey Nurseries, Yamhill
  • Eshraghi Nursery, Hillsboro
  • JLPN Liners, Salem
  • Marion Ag Service, Saint Paul
  • Peoria Gardens, Albany
  • Robinson Nursery, McMinnville
  • Weyerhaeuser Western Regeneration, Aurora/Turner

The Oregon Lean Consortium is a small group of companies that work together to learn lean principles and methods, and then apply them to processes in each other’s businesses over the course of one year.

The Peters Company facilitates these consortiums, delivering all of the training, materials, tools, and event coordination to bring outcomes that exceed participants’ expectations. Some results from the 2018 program year include:

  • 32% productivity increase on a seedling cutting extraction and grading process
  • Reduced order fulfillment process steps from 262 to 126.
  • Increased productivity 108% on a greenhouse plant selecting process

“Last year was filled with exciting kaizen events and results to prove it,“ said Jonathan Villasenor of Robinson Nursery. “2019 will be no exception to the consistent improvements that are yielded from the consortium.”

What is Lean?

Lean is a proven method for eliminating waste that results in more value to customers, delivered at a lower cost, in a shorter time, with fewer defects and less human effort. The system engages everyone in the organization to continuously improve. “Our highest gains are from the encouraging attitudes instilled in our employees,” said Chris Lee with Eshraghi Nurseries.

For more information, visit http://petersco.net/consortium. To learn more and get involved, contact Elizabeth Peters, 503-250-2235 or epeters@petersco.net.