ILC Featured Member Organization
The Iowa Lean Consortium is featuring member organizations and their Lean journeys in our newsletter. This month we are featuring Pella Corporation. We would like to feature your ILC member organization! Please click the button below the article to submit your organization's information.
By Gina Singer CI Manager, Pella Corporation & ILC Board Member and Event Team Leader
Pella Corporation is an innovative leader in creating a better view for homes and businesses by designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications.
As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company,
Pella is known for its 89-year history of innovation, making outstanding products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship.
Pella Corporation introduced continuous improvement processes, including Kaizen, in 1993. Since that time, Pella Corporation has conducted more than 10,500 Kaizen events and involved more than 71,500 team members, inside and outside the company, in its continuous improvement initiatives.
In the early days, continuous improvement was predominately a manufacturing tool and the main methods for implementing change were Kaizen Breakthrough events. Week long, cross functional activities leveraging the principles of the Toyota Production System to drive waste and take time out of our processes. Today, continuous improvement principles are used across the organization to drive improvements to Sales, Human Resources, IT, Finance, Marketing, Customer Service and Manufacturing processes leveraging not only week-long Kaizen events, but daily problem solving methodologies.
For any organization that is just starting to think about embarking on a lean journey, the best advice I could have for you is get started. You could spend a lot of time attending conferences, reading books and benchmarking other organizations -- all those things are important, but you will only truly learn the principles by implementing them yourself.
Pella Corporation sees the Iowa Lean Consortium as a great place to send our new team members and seasoned continuous improvement professionals to sharpen their tool kit and develop a network of contacts all faced with similar challenges.