Inland Metal Industries Announces Implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance Lean Enterprise System

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Inland Metal Industries is beginning the implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System.

Inland Metal Industries (IMI), located in Hayward, California has begun implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA), Lean Enterprise System.

The Lean Enterprise System (LES) is the continuous improvement system developed by aerospace, defense, and space suppliers, along with prime and tier-one contractors. The LES helps suppliers build new capabilities that will enable them to better support the emerging needs of their customers. The LES also helps establish a culture where lean production principles and standard work are applied throughout the organization to ensure sustained improvements in delivery and quality, while reducing lead times and cost.

Inland Metal Industries, (IMI), is a precision sheet metal, machining and assembly corporation, founded and owned by the same family since 1964. IMI is a modern 92,000 square foot facility, running 3 shifts with over 150 people. IMI's core competency is the design, engineering and manufacturing of precision sheet metal, machining and value added turnkey assembly to customers' specifications, and to support a wide variety of industries. Inland specializes in the development and engineering of complex chassis, and offer added value through their extensive assembly, integration and testing areas. IMI provides customers with a single point of manufacture for seamless transition from the engineering and building of a prototype, through pilot runs, and to final production. The IMI mission is to lead their industry by providing the customer a competitive, quality, on-time product, with a level of service far beyond expectations.

Inland's President, Stan Sutton notes, "Implementation of SEA's Lean Enterprise System is an example of the importance IMI places on the continuous improvement of all of our processes, and our desire to excel."

As a non-profit alliance of leading industry prime and tier-one contractors, and production suppliers, SEA's purpose is to accelerate supply chain performance, ensuring U. S. suppliers become more competitive, while helping the supply chain become more adaptive, agile and aligned. SEA member companies represented on its board of directors include BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Company, United Technologies, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Cessna Aircraft Company, Honeywell, TW Metals, Bombardier, Hitco Carbon Composites, Firth Rixson, Dresser-Rand, Roberts Tool Company, Cristek Interconnects, Photo Etch Company, Smiths Aerospace and Bodycote Thermal Processing.

SEA partners and alliances include: Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), California Council for Excellence, U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce, California Employment Training Panel, California Space Authority, UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, CONNSTEP, Inc., Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T), ASG Renaissance, and Net-Inspect.

To learn more about SEA, visit the SEA website at

To learn more about Inland Metal Industries, visit their website at or contact Michael Snyder at 510-785-8555.

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