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Lean with Gene

"Principles of Lean Manufacturing" Workshop - Lewiston Dec. 12

Gene Hamacher of TechHelp and the University of Idaho will lead a full-day “Principles of Lean Manufacturing” Workshop on Friday, December 12 from 8am – 4:30pm at the Williams Conference Center at LCSC in Lewiston. This workshop provides a powerful orientation to the discipline of Lean. You will learn and practice Lean techniques by applying classroom lessons during multiple production simulation activities.

The workshop will be offered at a discount to members and clients of our partner organizations including the American Manufacturer Network (AMN), the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) and the North Idaho Manufacturer Association (NIMA).  



“The Lean simulation activities made me a believer. Having over 20 years of production experience, I am the kind of guy that says, show me. And they did. We are now on the path of lean…it’s definitely a journey too!”

Danny Hiner - Production Manager, Quest Aircraft Company, Sandpoint

Why Attend a Principles of Lean Manufacturing Workshop?

Ultimately, Lean is about satisfying your customers. Lean organizations do this by working to eliminate anything that does not add customer value to their products or services. Lean helps companies improve plant processes, efficiency, safety, production, delivery times, customer service and employee morale. This can lead to fewer mistakes, less work in process and lower employee turnover.

Fees & Discounts

  • Full Price = $250/person
  • Discount for clients or members of SBDC, AMN, CEDA, NIMA = $75/person (Enter Your Organization’s Code Listed at Left During Checkout). For a discount code, please contact Shelly at 208.426.3767 or  or Gene Hamacher at 208-449-8053 or
  • Early Bird Discount = $15/person (Register by November 26 )
  • Group Discount = $15/person for 2 or more registering at same time
  • Note – Above discounts are cumulative. Price of workshop including all above discounts = $145 per person
  • Register here

Class size is limited to 20 and the early bird discount ends November 26 so make sure you SIGN UP EARLY!

Idaho Companies that have Implemented Lean Report:

  • lead lead time reduced from weeks to days (attract new & keep current customers with fast delivery)
  • a 50% improvement in floor space utilization (grow without plant expansion )
  • a 70% reduction in travel distance (eliminate wasted time & motion)
  • a 50% reduction in inventory levels (boost cash flow and profits)
  • a 20% increase in efficiency
  • a 75% decrease in overtime

“Our efficiency and innovation initiatives with TechHelp helped us generate $22.5M in new and retained sales and $2.2M in cost savings.” 

Jerry Whitehead, President - Western Trailers, Boise

Other Benefits of Lean to Companies & Employees

  • Companies realize immediate ROI through shop-floor Lean projects.
  • Companies can begin a Lean transformation led by employees trained in a proven methodology.
  • Employees learn to see & eliminate waste that went unnoticed.
  • Employees gain valuable skills needed to lead Lean projects.

Idaho Companies Following Lean Principles Include:

  • Rekluse Motor Sports, Boise
  • Plexus, Nampa
  • Quest Aircraft, Sandpoint
  • Packaging Specialties of Idaho, Burley
  • FAMCO, Meridian
  • Idaho Wrecker Sales, Mountain Home
  • Selkirk Metalbestos, Nampa
  • Great American Appetizers, Nampa
  • Litehouse Foods, Sandpoint
  • Diversified Metal Products, Blackfoot
  • Silver Needle, Kellogg
  • Buck Knives, Post Falls
  • Western Trailers, Boise

“TechHelp engaged our entire team in Lean initiatives that helped us reduce lead time by 50% and generate $3m in new & retained sales and $400K in cost savings.” 

Marty Artis, President - FAMCO, Meridian

Workshop Topics Include
  • Value Added and Non-value Added – Value Added activities must modify the process step at some level. Non-value Added activities add cost and time to the process, but no real value.
  • Organization Wastes – What they are and how to recognize them.
  • Process Mapping – A visual depiction of the process that helps identify waste and develop a plan for improvement.
  • Standardized Work – Improves quality and efficiency by creating standardized processes used by all.
  • 5S/Visual Controls – Improves quality, safety, and efficiency by organizing the workplace and building intuitive visual cues into the processes.
  • Teamwork/Cross Training – Improves the agility of the workforce and can have a tremendous impact on efficiency and productivity.
  • Flow, Batch Size Reduction, and Pull/Kanban Systems – Helps move product, paperwork and information through the process more efficiently at the pace of customer demand.
  • Point of Use Storage – Creates efficiency by putting material, equipment and supplies exactly where they are needed.
  • Quality at the Source – Builds quality in to every step of the process so that bad product is never passed through.
Who Should Attend
  • Business owners
  • Production planners
  • Production supervisors
  • Product cell teams and leaders
  • Line supervisors and managers
  • Process improvement teams and leaders
  • New hires and employees needing a Lean refresher
  • Suppliers and business associates

Learn more here or register here. 

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Contact Info

for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development


Phone: 208.983.8302


300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530

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