Internationally Recognized Author and Lean Manufacturing Expert to Deliver Workshop

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Shingo award winning author will deliver popular Lean Leader workshop in Reno Nevada, June 20-24, 2011; coinciding with the release of his new book.

Lean Manufacturing can work in any environment or business model.

Shingo Prize Winning Author, consultant Gary Conner, will facilitate this year’s only scheduled Lean Leader Workshop in Reno, Nevada June 20-24. The Shingo Prize is named after Shigeo Shingo, famed Toyota engineer, and is considered the Nobel Prize within the manufacturing community according to Business Week
Having trained tens of thousands of people, consulted to over 150 companies in 20 different industries and service sectors (including government agencies), Mr. Conner will share experiences, case studies and tools he has developed over the 500 kaizen (continuous improvement) events spanning over 20 years.

This workshop is being co-sponsored by the Nevada Industry Excellence, a statewide and federally funded manufacturing assistance entity. A local company YESCO (Young Electric Sign Company) will host the event; a three day hands-on classroom format followed by a intensive two day shop floor kaizen improvement event.

This workshop coincides with the release of Mr. Conner’s sixth book, “Catapult the Cow”. This latest release is a collection of over forty short stories, case studies and examples designed to entertain as well as teach. Catapult the Cow is in reference to a real life event occurring during the 14th century. The starving inhabitants of a castle threw their last bit of food, (including a cow), over the wall toward an invading army in a desperate attempt to show them that they had food to spare and starving them out was hopeless. The discouraged invaders moved on.

Modeled after the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, this text is made up of over forty stories, case studies, examples and samples of how others have done the "hard thing", the "unexpected thing" in their effort to set themselves apart from the competition.

US businesses and particularly manufacturers must apply creative and unexpected measures if we hope to avoid being "starved out" by the competition. The challenge for many “make to order” business models has been that the “high-mix, low volume” reality of smaller Job-Shop environments are unlike the larger OEM (original equipment manufacturers) who have modeled themselves after the Toyota Production System. Mr. Conner will demonstrate and teach new techniques for value stream mapping mixed model lines. He will share dozens of examples of how other small companies have been helped to design robust systems to deal with hard to predict sales patterns, shared resources, product and process variables.

Each participant will receive a CD ROM completely loaded with value stream mapping software, and a hundred other tools. They will also receive a 300 page workshop participant guide, and a first edition copy of “Catapult the Cow.”

Continuous improvement is hard work. It requires frequently re-filling your sail with wind. This workshop and new book by bestselling author of “Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop” (published by: Society of Manufacturing Engineers) will serve to motivate all who participate.

Space for this important event is limited, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your seat(s). You may obtain a copy of Catapult the Cow online at


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