Lyall & Fender Among Those to be Featured Stops on Lean Manufacturing Tour

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R.W. Lyall, along with Fender Musical Instruments, Abbott Vascular and IEHP will host facility tours for the AME Western Regional Lean Manufacturing Event

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Lean is good for the economy, good for the people and good for the environment—who wouldn’t want to spread more of that around?

Oil and gas pipeline components manufacturer R.W. Lyall announced today that it will join Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), Abbott Vascular, and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) as featured stops on this year’s Southern California Lean Tour. The event, spearheaded by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), will run Dec. 2–3.

As part of the event, participants will tour the four facilities to gain insight into the implementation of lean practices. AME’s official statement reads, “Participants will get to see lean implemented from Fender’s iconic Stratocaster® manufactured and assembled in a vertically integrated advanced manufacturing plant, to managing daily improvement with a synchronized business system in a high volume pipe manufacturing plant, to flow and pull on demand in manufacturing medical devices, to identifying value in health plans and marketing these plans in packages that meet the needs of the community.”

The AME emphasizes that the Lean Tour will not operate like a workshop or seminar, but will “give attendees a ‘hands on’ chance to see and experience Lean principles first hand on the front lines and to see what works and does not work as it relates to Lean implementation. […] from those that have applied Lean principles in their own industries and demonstrated return on investment.”

Robert Kling, Director of Operations at Lyall’s Corona facility said, “We’ve been featured on the Lean Tour in the past, and we’re humbled and honored to have the opportunity yet again. Our company—our people—have benefitted so much from lean practices over the years, and, as a group, there aren’t many things we enjoy more than getting the chance to share the insights we’ve gained with fellow businesspeople who are motivated to improve the way they do business. Lean is good for the economy, good for the people and good for the environment—who wouldn’t want to spread more of that around?”

To learn more about the Lean Tour and AME, visit the event’s official page.

About R.W. Lyall
Lyall is a privately held corporation founded in 1970 by Robert W. Lyall. Lyall built the company with the intent of manufacturing the best pipeline components available to the natural gas industry. With an emphasis on quality and a business philosophy that puts the needs of the customer above all else, Lyall succeeded in that mission. Today, his children and the entire Lyall team maintain this legacy of quality with continually expanding operations that now include 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space in three facilities, located in Corona, Calif., New Berlin, Wis., and, now, Dickenson, N.D. More than 250 employees produce and distribute 22 Lyall product lines across North America.


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