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Spagetti WarehouseJoin us on February 3, 2014 for our annual joint meeting with APICS Toledo at the Spagetti Warehouse,  John Veatch  will be giving a presentation titled, "Why your Continuous Improvement "Program" is not Working...and What to do About It."  Mr. Veatch will discuss common pitfalls of unsuccessful CI programs and remedies for those afflictions.

  • Date: Feb. 3, 2014
  • Location:  Spagetti Warehouse, 42 S Superior St, Toledo, OH 43604
  • Menu:  Italian
  • Cost:  $25
  • Cash Bar Available
  • Registration:  5:30 PM      Dinner & Presentation:  6:00 PM

Register By January 29, 2014  12:00 PM

Speaker Bio

Lean Concepts, Inc.

John Veatch-President/CEO

"It's all about results! If my business partners do not see a visible change and a significant impact on their bottom line, we have not done our job."

Since the inception of Lean Concepts, Inc in 1998, it has been John Veatch's mission to build a consulting organization that delivers its customers measurable increases in efficiency and productivity. Utilizing principles and techniques employed by world-class organizations like The Toyota Motor Company, Veatch's organization has helped companies of all sizes in the manufacturing and service sectors achieve tangible results. Veatch has become so adamant about delivering value to his clients, that his engagements end with a management out-briefing that details savings and productivity gains resulting from the sessions.

No Substitute for Time in the Trenches

While earning his way through the University of Kentucky, employment with Hoover Universal helped Veatch gain experience with employee involvement and self-directed work teams. In 1992, Veatch joined Johnson Controls, Inc., a tier one supplier to Toyota Motor Manufacturing – beginning an extensive three-year study of Lean manufacturing that included interaction with major universities and frequent visits to Japan. During Veatch's tenure at Johnson Controls, Inc. he was instrumental in helping the company's Georgetown, Kentucky facility embrace Lean Manufacturing concepts. Accomplishments during this period earned the facility Delivery and Quality awards from TMMK and ultimately helped the Toyota facility earn the J.D. Power award for the best built car in North America. In 1996, Phoenix Metals Vice President of Operations, Mitch Butler sought Veatch's expertise in Lean Manufacturing to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of his young supervisory crew. This position narrowed Veatch's focus and established him as a "hired gun" in the implementation of Lean Manufacturing concepts in the workplace. Veatch's next assignment included responsibility for plant training and implementation of Lean Manufacturing concepts of the P.L. Porter Company's Indiana and California facilities.

Striking Out On His Own

In 1998, armed with his extensive training in Lean Manufacturing concepts and an understanding of the satisfaction that improving the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization delivers to both management and employees, Veatch decided to strike out on his own - launching Prelude Group Inc and then later forming Lean Concepts Inc