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Michiana Lean Network

Michiana LEAN Network
Dedicated to improving competitiveness through LEAN & other Continuous Improvement concepts, Leadership Development and Collaboration
Michiana LEAN Network is an organization comprised of diverse companies who seek to improve their competitive edge by gaining and sharing knowledge in LEAN concepts and best continuous improvement practices.
It is the network’s goal to provide education to our membership through the use of both internal and external resources and to share experience and insight that will allow each of us
to compete more effectively on a global scale.
What is Lean?
LEAN is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement by flowing the product at the pull of the customer.
Member Benefits
  • Networking, benchmarking, and learning opportunities
  • Education opportunities from internal & external resources
  • Fresh perspective from other member companies
  • Access to the latest news, views, and techniques
  • Opportunity to avoid mistakes previously experienced by other member companies
  • Membership entitles a member company to 3 permanent seats in the network and unlimited company representatives at network functions.
Network Goals
  • To provide maximum advantage of the knowledge & experience of other member companies through networking
  • To provide opportunities to observe & benchmark LEAN applications in other member companies
  • To provide training and learning opportunities in LEAN & Continuous Improvement concepts
Membership Fees
Annual membership fee of $500 is discounted to $250 for any company holding membership in their regional Chamber of Commerce. These fees will be used to defray CBE costs of sponsoring and administering this network.
If you are uncertain about joining this network, you are welcome to attend one meeting as a guest to observe and ask questions to evaluate the value of network membership.
2019 Event Schedule:
Jan 10:  Lean Network Annual Planning Meeting
Mar 1:  Event/Tour at 1st Source Bank   
Apr 4:  Measuring Your Lean/CI Journey Presentations
May 21:  Lean and Retention/Hiring Best Practices Presentations
Jun 19:  5S Best Practices Presentations 
Jul 19:  Event/Tour at AM General, Military Humvee Production Facility
Aug 8:  Event/Tour at Notre Dame IDEA Center
Sep 19:  Analytics and CI Presentation by Alex Svetlev, Mgr. Analytics and CI, Whirlpool  
Oct 17:  Road Trip to Subaru of Indiana Automotive Production Facility, Lafayette, Indiana. 
Nov 14:  Event/Tour at CAPS (Child and Parent Services) New Facility
Dec 12:  Event/Tour at Overhead Door of South Bend/Mishawaka

The network meets from 8 -10 am on the first Thursday of the month (with some exceptions). Meetings are held at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, 418 S. Main St., Elkhart. Alternate months are normally Benchmarking tours at member companies.
For more information, contact
Merritt Dilts
Center for Business Excellence
418 S. Main St, Ste 2C
Elkhart, IN 46516
Phone:    (574) 293-3209
Fax:       (574) 294-1859

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