Back in January we made our big announcement about ‘Going Lean in 2017!’ but then we were faced with the dilemma of where to actually start! We’ve got a factory incorporating offices, machine shop and an assembly department and standing out there on day one, I’ll admit, left us feeling pretty overwhelmed! So we went to the drawing board to review the various LEAN techniques that we were keen to have a look at this year. 3S jumped out at us- short and sweet! And we decided to start out in the assembly department.
At Stokes & Rowe, we produce products to a very high quality and are pretty organized but believe that there is always room for improvement. So we have decided that the focus this year shouldn’t just be about increasing our customer base, productivity and profits. Our mission for 2017 is to become a Lean company and create a wonderful place to work by growing ourselves and our staff into Lean problem solvers. We’re applying Lean to many of our processes already but we want it to be at the heart and soul of everything we do and aim to create a totally Lean culture by the end of this year. And that is how ‘Lean ’17’ was born!