Nice piece on Mass Map website on our Growth through the Lean Manaufactruring.
A Recipe for Transformation: New England Natural Bakers
"Trust and respect has increased at NENB. This [training] provided a great foundation for preparing the company to become an ESOP and was a perfect way to launch this new phase of our company. Now everyone has a voice and everyone can enjoy the benefits of being employee owners of the company. Employees will now be able to contribute and benefit at a higher level."
— Susan Dorais, Director of Human Resources, New England Natural Bakers
New England Natural Bakers (NENB), of Greenfield, Massachusetts, is the east coast's leading granola manufacturer. They thought they were a "lean" company. They had implemented many good procedures like FIFO and demand management and were cautious about the amount of inventory they carried. But they hadn't provided employees with tools or empowered them to make improvements on their own.