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NTEA Office Holiday Schedule
In recognition of the upcoming holiday season, the Association's offices will be closed on the following days:

    Wednesday, Dec. 24
    Thursday, Dec. 25
    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Thursday, Jan. 1

The NTEA wishes you a peaceful and happy holiday!

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SPECIAL SESSION: Straightforward Approach to Lean Implementation that is Working for Truck Equipment Upfitters

Tuesday, March 3, 9:00AM–4:00PM

Lean Partners LogoQuality, productivity and profit are the result of teamwork, organization and execution of planning. Invest one day and see what other NTEA member companies have done to move their shop productivity to a new level through workplace organization and streamlining custom work. This intensive program will demonstrate how changing the way you approach your business can deliver significant results. The workshop is targeted to business owners and shop managers who want to learn how to get on the path to gaining a minimum 20% increase in shop
productivity without adding personnel or equipment and doing it without shutting down current operations.

Workshop Highlights and Deliverables Include:

  • Lean Thinking as a Culture
  • Successfully Addressing Challenges within Truck Equipment Distributors and Upfitters
  • Impacting Areas of Control Versus Influence
  • Aligning and Engaging Employees
  • How to Target and Identify Waste
  • Hands-on Upfit Exercise Modeling Shop Activity and Improvement
  • Shared Experiences from NTEA Members
  • Developing Straightforward and Manageable Action Plans

Presented by: Tom Barrett, Vice President, Lean Partners (Waconia, MN); and Joe Drafall, Consultant, Lean Partners (Shoreview, MN)

Panelists: Jeffrey Messer, President, Messer Truck Equipment (Westbrook, ME); Steven Sill, President, Aspen Equipment Co. (Bloomington, MN); and Matthew Wilson, President, Switch-N-Go, AmeriDeck & Bucks Divisions of Deist Industries, Inc. (Hadley, PA)

Tom BarrettTom Barrett has been implementing continuous improvement methodologies for more than 20 years. He has consulted with more than 100 companies with revenues of $5 million to $500 million, helping them achieve significant long-term process improvements that yield top and bottom line results.
Joe Drafall has been helping organizations implement continuous improvement methodologies for more than 16 years. He has worked within two Shingo Award winning organizations and helped to build company cultures that demonstrated employee engagement and strategic thinking.

Ticket required. This Special Session is not included in any package. In order to ensure an effective learning experience for all attendees, workshop attendance is strictly limited to 60 participants.  

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