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Showcasing Our Critical to Quality Initiative to the Manufacturing Alliance

Posted March 11, 2020 by in Announcements

In February, IWCO Direct hosted the Manufacturing Alliance Lean Enterprise Peer Group for a Critical-to-Quality (CTQ) event to showcase efforts we’ve made to ensure customer satisfaction. The Manufacturers Alliance is an association that provides a platform for manufacturers to come together for training, education, best practice sharing, and exchanging industry ideas.

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New Ideas, New Friends, and a Bit of Fair Food: IWCO Direct Hosts Steel Partners EH&S Council in MN

Posted September 17, 2019 by in Announcements

At the end of August, we welcomed members of the Steel Partners Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Council to Minnesota for their week-long annual meeting. The 54 members in attendance represented 35 locations from 11 different Steel Partners companies. Our Chanhassen campus acted as home base to facilitate the communication of best management practices for EH&S […]

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As Three Executives Receive Promotions, We’re Wishing a Fond Farewell to Our Long-Time President & CFO

Posted July 23, 2019 by in Announcements, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Change is a constant at IWCO Direct. Today, we proudly announced three well-deserved promotions within our leadership team, and also announced Joe Morrison has retired as president and CFO. Joe will be sorely missed. First, let’s review the exciting news. Jake Hertel, who has been vice president of finance since 2012, has been promoted to executive vice president and CFO [...]

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Implementing Our Strategy to Reduce Front-End Process Cycle Times

Posted July 19, 2019 by in Announcements

Since the Front-End project’s initiation in 2017, IWCO Direct has been on a mission to streamline our front-end process. Several system enhancements, coupled with extensive training on new processes, helped our teams reduce Front-End process cycle time by 30% in 2018. We’ve been able to continue that trend through the first half of 2019. The Front-End process cycle time is measured [...]

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Making Lean Management a Top-to-Bottom Effort

Posted May 31, 2019 by in Announcements

My colleague Meg Hanaman and I have been speaking a lot lately about the implementation of Steel Business System (SBS) methodology into our Continuous Improvement and Lean manufacturing efforts. As you can imagine with a company of our size, this is a huge undertaking that has already resulted in many process improvements across all departments [...]

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The Steel Business System is Changing Our Continuous Improvement for the Better—Here’s How

Posted November 6, 2018 by in Announcements

As my colleague Pat Sondreal noted in his July post, one of the major benefits IWCO Direct has experienced since joining the Steel Partners family of companies has been the introduction of the Steel Business System (SBS) methodology to augment our already robust Continuous Improvement and Lean manufacturing efforts. Throughout 2018, the Continuous Improvement  […]

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