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CCEDC & UW-STOUT MOC

Continue Lean Network Visit

Chippewa Falls and Brillion, WISCONSIN – The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and UW Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) geared up the Lean Network Visit (LNV) Program. In its second year, the LNV organizes educational, idea sharing, and collaboration visits among Wisconsin Advanced Manufacturing Companies aimed at improving, encouraging, and sustaining companies who have embarked on their lean/continuous improvement journey.

On March 20th, the first LNV of 2018 convened between Spectrum Industries Inc. headquartered in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and Ariens Company headquartered in Brillion, Wisconsin. Several teams of individuals from both companies had the opportunity to create linkages and share common challenges and successes experienced during their Lean Transformation. In addition, participants toured the high school and elementary advanced education Stem Centers within the Brillion School District and discussed strategies of generating more interest in manufacturing careers.

“Lean manufacturing is establishing a business system of relentlessly eliminating waste from the advanced manufacturing process. Waste is defined as any activity that does not add value from the manufacturing customer’s perspective.” stressed Bob Oliver, Business Advisor for the UW-Stout MOC “every company has a tremendous opportunity to improve their business, using lean as a business strategy.”

CCEDC President/CEO Charlie Walker explained the reason for the establishment of the program was because “Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector is awesome, it sustains innovation for our local economy, programs like LNV enables these manufacturing companies to better connect and collaborate easily with all supply chain partners and that drives positive transformation.”

Past LNV programs have facilitated connections between Wisconsin Companies such as Johnson Electric Coil Company, Processed Metals Innovators (PMI), Volm Companies, and Darley of Chippewa Falls. For more information about participating in the next LNV Program, please contact Bob Oliver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Charlie Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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