Crown showcases lean and sustainable manufacturing processes at international manufacturing conference


Crown Equipment Corporation is sharing some of its best practices regarding the company’s lean and sustainable manufacturing initiatives through presentations and facility tours at this year’s Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) International Conference, on October 19-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Tonja Rammel, Crown’s environmental, health and safety manager, and Brian Duffy, Crown’s director of corporate environmental and manufacturing safety, will focus their presentation on strategies for improving environmental health and safety (EH&S) processes and share insights from the company’s collaborative, employee-led EH&S approach.

Kim Leopold, Crown’s senior advanced manufacturing engineer, and David Tumbusch, Crown’s director of manufacturing, will discuss in a separate presentation how to establish an efficient, effective and flexible lean management system powered by involved, knowledgeable employees.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to discuss best practices with our peers who are also incorporating lean and sustainability into their environments,” said Dave Besser, senior vice president of manufacturing, Crown Equipment. “This event provides an excellent opportunity for our team to share with the manufacturing community what we’ve learned and applied to help achieve our business and customer service goals.”

As part of the conference, attendees also have an opportunity to tour Crown manufacturing facilities, including the company’s New Knoxville, Ohio, facility that has earned national recognition for sustainability achievements. The facility’s employees recently garnered the first-ever, gold-level award in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program and a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). The tour showcases Crown’s Lean Management System and utilization of the four elements of lean management: leader standard work, visual controls, daily accountability and leader discipline.

An interview with Dave Beddow, Crown’s VP of manufacturing operations, can be read here.

October 15, 2015


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