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E-shots Web-exclusive: USI honored for lean initiative

In May, custom molder United Southern Industries (Forest City, NC; was named to Managing Automation magazine's Progressive Manufacturing 50 list, thanks to its top-down approach to lean manufacturing. The annual list recognizes companies that have mastered business models and processes needed to compete in today's global marketplace. USI shares this honor with other notable companies, including Celestica, Celanese, Hewlett-Packard, Hyundai Motor Mfg.-Alabama, IBM, Mack Molding, Nissan North America, Nova Chemicals, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Sun Microsystems, Tech Mold, and TRW Automotive Holdings.

USI says its lean transformation involves daily walk-throughs of both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing areas, during which management identifies what can be improved immediately in terms of safety, quality, and delivery. And for those wondering how to fund such a lean initiative, the answer for USI came through grants received from the Small Business & Technology Development Center of Western Carolina University and North Carolina State University's Industrial Extension Service.

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