Productivity was the first to introduce lean to the USA.
2018 – motion™ The Management System by Productivity released
2016 – First release Cost Reduction Model
2014 – Innovation strategy model (Innovation by Productivity™) introduced
2013 – Launch Maintenance Improvement Certificate Program in conjunction with The Ohio State University
2012 – Develop and offer the only TPM Manager Certification Program in conjunction with The Ohio State University
2010 – First Lean Manager Certification Program for Service Industry, launched in conjunction with The Ohio State University (OSU)
2001 – Lean Manager Certification Program launched with The Ohio State University (OSU)
1999 – Develop first Lean Certificate Program (later offered in conjunction with The Ohio State University)
1991 – First promotion of Lean methods and Lean training/consulting in Europe, Mexico and the U.K.
1990 – Offer in-house SMED and Problem-solving training workshops
1990 – Produce TPM, Lean and Employee Involvement conferences in the U.S.
1988 – Use the Kaizen training format in the U.S.
1988 – Translate and publish books on TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) by “the father of TPM” Seiichi Nakajima
1986 – Deliver public training in the U.S. on the JIT (Just-In-Time manufacturing) toolkit
1985 – First generation Productivity consultants mentored by pioneers of the Toyota Production System – Shigeo Shingo; Yoshiki Iwata Chihiro Nakao
1985 – Translate and publish books on SMED (single minute exchange of die) by Shigeo Shingo
1984 – First to promote Just-In-Time methods in the U.S.
1983 – Translate and publish books on Japanese management practices by Shigeo Shingo and Ryuji Fukuda
1981 – Deliver Productivity and Quality Conferences
1981 – Conduct public industrial study missions from the U.S. to Japan
1980 – Publish first “Productivity” Newsletter
1979 – Productivity Inc. founded
Today, we assist organizations throughout the Global 1000 in production, operations and administrative applications of operational excellence transformation in:
Including electronics, automotive, aerospace, footwear & apparel, food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, metals & mining, and building products, where we’ve assisted with projects in production, customer service, procurement, scheduling, R&D, human resources, laboratories…
Including insurance, banking, laboratories, healthcare, retail, and government, where we’ve assisted with projects in customer service, human resources, sales & marketing, R&D, finance & accounting…
We serve clients in the Americas, Europe, and Asia in support of their business process improvement efforts by providing them a customized transformation roadmap that includes:
- Partnering with the senior leadership team in defining and deploying their operational excellence strategy and implementing a sustainable lean management and lean production system.
- Training and coaching leaders at all levels in operational excellence methodologies and the leadership routines necessary to support a continuous improvement culture.
- Mentoring and Coaching project teams and natural work teams in workplace waste elimination projects through the application of Lean, Six Sigma, and Total Productive Maintenance principles and practices.
- On-going project management to ensure all initiatives remain on track and tied to organizational goals.
These efforts encompass all company departments in the transformation journey thus ensuring development of empowered employees and customer-oriented process improvement.
We provide our clients with systematic transformation solutions encompassing both the technical elements and cultural development needed for success. Our team-based approach to operational transformation ensures a transfer of knowledge and ownership of the improvement process to our clients.