Iowa Lean Insider-News from the Iowa Lean Consortium September 2012
Iowa Lean Consortium
The Shared Member Calendar - Just One of the Many Benefits of Membership

In addition to the training sessions and conferences hosted by the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC), members such as Lennox Industries, Pella Corporation, Rockwell Collins, and HNI have opened up their internal training classes to the ILC membership at no cost on a limited basis (usually 2-3 seats per session).  For example, in August, HNI held two problem solving training classes, and Pella offered a course in Kaizen sponsor fundamentals.  Lennox offered a week-long value stream mapping session, and Rockwell Collins offered four different sessions on seven different days covering Lean basics, value stream mapping & facilitation, and Lean associate training.  In the month of August alone, there were 17 days of free training opportunities for ILC members.  The following events are available to ILC members in October:
  • October 16-17: Problem Solving-hosted by HNI
  • October 23: Continuous Improvement Training-hosted by Pella Corporation
  • October 24: Team Leader Orientation-hosted by Pella Corporation
The details for these and future events are listed on a calendar of shared events published in the members only section of our Website.  If you are a member who has internal events and you would be willing to reserve seats for 2-3 ILC members, please contact Tracy at with details.

The ILC is Leading North American Consortium Collaboration Efforts

In conjunction with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) invited other Lean consortia from across North America to participate in a collaborative discussion on October 1.  The group will meet in person and via the Internet to share best practices and processes for growing, operating and sustaining a successful consortium and explore continued collaboration among consortia.  John Shook, Chairman and CEO of LEI, will facilitate the discussion.

Have you registered for the October ILC Events?  Today is the last day to register!

John ShookThe Iowa Lean Consortium is pleased to announce that John Shook, Chairman and CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute, will be the Keynote speaker at the October 2nd ILC Conference, Creating A Problem Solving Culture, at Vermeer Corporation in Pella.  Mr. Shook is a Lean practitioner who shares his knowledge and insights with the Lean Community and with those who have not yet made the Lean leap.

You DO NOT want to miss this event.  It will be an opportunity to learn from a Lean expert and share ideas with others on the Lean journey.  There will be time for discussion with other attendees after the Keynote and afternoon breakout sessions focusing on A3 Problem Solving.  CLICK HERE to learn more and register NOW.  John will be staying an extra day to co-facilitate the Hoshin Strategic Planning Workshop on Oct 3.  The October 3rd workshops are nearly full and the last day to register is today, September 24th.  Register NOW.

Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

This week the ILC Board said goodbye to board member Dan Varnum.  Dan has been promoted to President and CEO at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City. Thank you Dan for your service to the Iowa Lean Consortium and we wish you the best of luck.  Matt Garcia, Mercy Des Moines Director of Performance Excellence, will serve the remainder of Dan's term on the ILC Board.  We welcome Matt and look forward to working with him!  You can learn more about Matt here.

Welcome New Members!

We welcome the following members to the Iowa Lean Consortium.  Not a member?  Join Today and start attending ILC events for FREE!

New Organizational Members:
  • Apache Hose and Belting Co,INC
  • Benson County Hospital (MN)
  • Advanced Heat Treat
  • Cemen Tech
  • EAC Product Development Solutions
  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Siegwerk Company
New Individual Members:
  • Jeff Terrell
  • Lance Veldboom
  • Theresa Heitman
  • Gordon Thompson
  • Dave Howieson
  • Derrick Henry
  • Joe Pesz
  • Mike Kleis
  • Tammy Peterson
  • Ann Hogle
  • Kent McDonald
  • Christopher Predergast
  • Gaila Oschwald
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Mason Woods (Student)

Learning Opportunities

Oct 2 - Creating a Problem Solving Culture w/John Shook

Oct 3 - LEI Workshops

November 15 - Half-Day Workshop on Lean Leadership, Metrics and Change Management with Dean Bliss

December 11 - Half-Day Workshop on Lean and The Environment, Dumpster Dives and Green Manufacturing with Brion Hurley and Mike O'Donnell

November and December registrations will open soon!

Ellen Gaucher

Thank You Kinze Manufacturing

Thank you Nichole Malin and the Kinze Manufacturing team for hosting a successful ILC Lean event in August.  Participants were able to choose from workshops led by Paul Vander Kley, Aaron Crabb and Dan Woodward.  Kinze Manufacturing offered tours of their facility and participants were treated to an  impromptu visit from Kinze President and CEO Jon Kinzenbaw.   Members can log into the Member's Area of the Website to obtain the presentations from the event.
Join the ILC

Join the ILC!

If you are not a member of the Iowa Lean Consortium, we invite you to JOIN TODAY!  ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve their performance.  Membership provides free access to ILC events and more, allowing you to see Lean in action and network with Lean practitioners.  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.  CLICK HERE to learn more now.
Questions?  Have suggestions for our next issue of the Iowa Lean Insider or an ILC learning opportunity?  Contact ILC Coordinator Tracy Schuster at or 515-259-0554.

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