Your November Iowa Lean News
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Membership Renewal Reminder

Renewal invoices were sent via email to organizational contacts and individual members on November 8th.  ILC Memberships are based on a calendar year (January - December).  Only those who have paid their renewal invoice will be allowed to register for 2017 events.

Didn't receive an invoice? Please 
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Not a member?
Join us in 2017!

Are you never satisfied with the status quo? Neither are we!  When you join the Iowa Lean Consortium you instantly become part of the fastest growing consortium of process improvement practitioners in the Midwest. Not only does your membership provide free or significantly reduced rate for ILC training events, you also get:
  • access to our Members Only Forum (ask questions of other process improvement enthusiasts) 
  • to network with hundreds of other "lean thinkers" in the midwest
  • access to our Members Only Area (which includes a job board, past training materials and a shared member training calendar)
  • and much more!
Whether you are just starting your Lean journey or have considerable Lean experience, you will find valuable learning opportunities that help you move forward in your journey.
ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve performance. 
Learn more and join the ILC today!
The 2016 Fall Conference
Re-live it via our photo album!
We have many pictures to share from the 2016 Fall Conference.  Use the button below to access our online photo album and please download any pictures you would like.
View the Fall Conference Photo Album
Read this article by Randy Siever, breakout speaker from Kentucky who had high praise for the conference and the ILC membership
Register today for our last webinar of 2016!
Electronic 5s: Organizing Electronic Workspaces

APICS Offers Discount to ILC Members for EMDS Workshop with Mike Hoseus

Did you miss Mike Hoseus in Omaha this week?  The Cedar Rapids Chapter of APICS is bringing Mike to Cedar Rapids on December 2.  They are kindly offering a 20% discount to all ILC members who would like to attend the EMDS workshop and/or the APICS dinner meeting with Mike on December 1.  

To register send the following information to or and they will follow up with you.  You will pay by check at the event. 
  1. Name
  2. Company
  3. Address
  4. Phone number
  5. Email address

Click here for the workshop flyer
Click here for the dinner meeting flyer

Thank you Denny and Justin for making this offer to ILC members!

2016 - 2017
 Event Schedule 

(subject to change)

Dec 20Electronic 5S: Organizing Electronic Workspaces Webinar

Jan 18 - Leading & Managing People Workshop with Rick Brimeyer - Ames 

Jan 30 - Ask the Accountant Webinar with Jean Cunningham

Feb 9 - Value Stream Mapping Round Table - Ankeny

April 4 - Lean Leadership with Mike Wroblewski 

April 19 - Building a Fit Organization with Dan Markovitz 

July 12 - 13 Lean Safey with Bob Hafey - Pella

Oct 9-10 - Fall Conference, Altoona

Welcome New Members!

Individual Members:
  • Greg Olson
  • James Petersma
Organizational Members:
  • Claas Omaha, Inc.
Member Shared Calendar  

There are some fantastic in-house trainings and events coming up on the Shared Member Calendar.  Don't miss out!
Check out the Member Shared Calendar

Join the ILC Members Only Forum!

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of the forum?


There are new Lean job opportunities posted in the Member's Only Area of the ILC website.  Have a job to post?  Contact the ILC Coordinator.
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     Profitability Drives Continuous Improvement Efforts in Business

Daniel Bumblauskas, Assistant Professor for Operations and Supply Chain Management and Hamilton / ESP Fellow for Supply Chain and Logistics Management, presented his findings on organizational continuous improvement efforts in Iowa and Ireland at the 2016 Fall Conference

Over the course of 10 years, Bumblauskas and his research partner, Brad Meyer, Drake University, collected data from organizations in Iowa and Ireland and found similarities in processes, procedures and motivators including profitability. Many of you participated in this survey.

Dan and his team saw that one of the primary factors in continuous improvement project initiation is profitability more than other factors they studied. 

"We are starting to learn what's motivating people to look at operations efficiently," noted Bumblauskas. "Business students will be asked to improve a product based on the bottom-line, plain and simple. We can use this research in the classroom to prepare students for the demands in business world."
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