POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 7:14pm
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — One Longview-area manufacturing facility is taking the lean path to increased profits, productivity and improved morale and health for its workers.
BorgWarner is an automotive parts plant on East Texas Regional Airport property. Executives retained a consultant to implement LEAN manufacturing techniques at the facility and have also contracted with lifestyle coaching firm BalanceDiet to provide the staff with skills to improve their health.
The Gregg County plant’s customers include General Motors and Ford, with products produced locally going into the Ford F-150 pickup models and GM SUVs such as the Tahoe.
Brett Hunter, plant manager, said quality is on the rise, waste is being reduced and profitability is climbing. The plant retained business consultant Richard Andrews, former president of Longview’s Stemco plant, to introduce and implement the steps to improvement commonly called LEAN manufacturing techniques.
On the personnel side, weekly meetings with BalanceDiet lifestyle trainers and coaches have resulted in the staff trimming down, while absenteeism has been reduced to nearly nothing, Hunter said. Human Resource Manager Shellye Clodfelter said one of the best parts of the company’s focus on the personal well-being of employees has been a big reduction in health care claims.
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