Location: Antigo, WI
Years in Business: Founded 1967
No. of Employees: 123
Products: Medium caliber cartridge cases for the U.S. military
NWMOC Projects: 5S Visual Systems
Amron has both a skilled workforce and a sophisticated system to ensure high product quality. They wanted to introduce a vision that would create a physical work environment that all associates would be proud of. They asked NWMOC for assistance.
NWMOC staff met with the management team and the shop floor leaders to develop a 5S vision: "A clean, orderly, efficient, safe work environment that everyone can be proud of." A plant-wide meeting was held to explain the project. The 5S team then received training and went to work. Over the next few days more and more associates were empowered and much of the facility was transformed to the 5S vision. Additional resources were made available and the initial goals of the project were greatly exceeded. Several action items were identified and completed over the next several months as part of their continuous improvement actions.
“ This initiative developed a life of its own and went beyond the specific 5S principles. The empowerment energy of the project teams spread throughout the entire organization. ”
~ John Ponasik, Lean Manufacturing Manager