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Additional Seats Available for the Fall Conference

We are excited to announce we were able to make more seats available for the 2015 Fall Conference.  Don't wait this time - the remaining seats will fill quickly!

Bonus! This year we are offering pre-conference intensive workshops and company tours in addition to our Main Conference.  On October 28th the Main Conference will feature two keynote speakers - Paul Akers and Karl Wadensten AND 8 breakout sessions.   The Fall Conference will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.

You don't want to miss this one! 

                             Paul Akers                       Karl Wadensten

Learn More & Register TODAY!

ILC Feature Organization
Capital City Fruit

Capital City Fruit is a supply chain manager of quality fruits and vegetables. We supply both retail and foodservice customers out of our 83,000 square foot distribution center.

We began our lean journey 2010 when we set out to build our current facility.  We realized that we had to lean out our processes and work cells in order to maximize space in the new building. We worked with Tim Mason of Catalyst Associates and he facilitated our first kaizen week in April of 2010.  We started by modifying all of our work cells from a linear design to an L or U-shaped design. We also changed the way we packed product using lean principles and instituted 5-S throughout the facility.  Since that initial kaizen week, we have conducted 5 more, always assigning 2 teams to tackle issues. We still feel we are just dipping our toes with lean and have a lot more that we need to accomplish.

First, make sure you have commitment from the leaders of the organization. If they do not buy into lean, no one else will.  Second, set up the infrastructure for lean to succeed. One mistake we made was continuously drifting back to old practices or not putting in the time to sustain lean.  For example, our 5-S program was hit or miss until we assigned someone with accountability for managing the 5s program. Now, each zone is consistently scored and managers are accountable to make improvements.  Some of the initiatives that arose out of our kaizens floundered or were placed on the back-burner.  We formed our Lean Committee in 2014 to keep lean front and center in our culture.  We should have formed this committee in 2010 after our first kaizen.  Bottom line, setting up systems to sustain lean are critical.

ILC has been a great resource for our lean committee.  We have sent several lean committee members to seminars and tours.  Perhaps the best benefit is interacting with other companies committed to lean and learning about their best practices and applying them here.  We are also exploring taking advantage of other benefits such as inviting ILC members to participate in our kaizen weeks.


Be a Feature Organization

Candidates for the ILC Board of Directors

Elections for the ILC Board of Directors will be held September 22 - October 16.  Ballots will be emailed to each organizational member contact and each individual member.  Here is the list of candidates.  CLICK HERE to read more about each candidate.

Service/Transaction Sector Candidate

Danielle Rocker - Nationwide Insurance

Manufacturing Sector  Candidates

Jeff Dahm - John Deere
Tanya Doyle - Vantec, Inc.
Bradley Eggers - ACH Foods
Justin Woods - Almaco

Government Sector  Candidate

Jeff Terrell - State of Iowa, DHS

Welcome New Members!

Organizational Members:
  • UNI - Center for Business Growth & Innovation
  • Cambridge Engineering, Inc.
  • Wayne County Hospital
  • IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
  • Sukup Manufacturing Co.
  • World Class Industries
Individual Members:
  • Suzie Reid
  • Timothy Kiefer
  • Mike Prior

Upcoming Events

September 23
Lean Basics
with Dean Bliss
Iowa Memorial Union
Iowa City
Waiting List

October 27 & 28
ILC Fall Conference

Register now

November 12
Coaching Leadership for a Lean Culture Transformation

with Mike Hoseus
Hosted By
Black Hawk County

Registration Opening Soon

December 10th
Lean Implementation Strategies
Panel Discussion and Round Table
Hosted by Woodruff Construction
Fort Dodge

Registration Opening Soon

Lean Personal Development
iPhone App
by Paul Akers

One of our Fall Conference Keynote speakers, Paul Akers, developed an app to track your Lean Personal Development. Lean PD is the most effective way to develop yourself! Lean=efficient or elimination of waste. PD=personal development. Lean PD is the efficient way to personally develop yourself to reach your maximum potential. The whole concept is based on the idea of developing daily habits that support your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal).
Learn more

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.

New Website Coming Soon!

Watch for our new website coming in October!  It will include updated resources, easier navigation, new content and it will work well regardless of the size of device you are using to view it!  Stay tuned!
 Shared Training Calendar

Is your organization willing to open in-house trainings and events to ILC members?  Please contact Tracy at with the details.

Members can learn more about the following Shared Training Events by logging into the Members' Only Area of the ILC website and clicking on Shared Training Calendar on the left side of the screen.

October 20
Continuous Improvement 101at Pella Corp

October 21
Team Leader Orientation at Pella Corp

November 2-6
Lennox RCI Project

November 4
Sponsor Fundamentals at Pella Corp

November 4
Relevant Lean Concepts at Alliant Energy

CLICK HERE for the full list
ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve performance. 

Membership provides free or  significantly reduced rate access to ILC events and 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.
Join Today!
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