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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 John Fischbach, Team Consultant, Minnesota Lean Partners (Minneapolis, 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.


John FischbachJohn Fischbach has been facilitating and coaching teams on lean and continuous improvement activities for 15 years. He has consulted with more than 75 companies, helping them achieve sustainability and bottom line results.


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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