Cus­tomer Success

Douglas Dynamics chooses Gemba Academy

Dou­glas Dynam­ics tes­ti­mo­ni­al on learn­ing with Gem­ba Acad­e­my and how they have improved their lean man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­duc­tion process­es with Gemba’s lean training.

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Douglas Dynamics’ Story

As an indus­try leader in the world of truck­ing for over 75 years, Dou­glas Dynam­ics was look­ing to con­sis­tent­ly deliv­er on inno­va­tion, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, and sup­port. With 5 man­u­fac­tur­ing loca­tions, 15 instal­la­tion & dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­ters, and 1800 employ­ees across the mid­west and east coast, lean man­u­fac­tur­ing was imper­a­tive to stay ahead and con­tin­u­ous­ly improve.

Using 5S meth­ods learned from Gem­ba Acad­e­my, Dou­glas Dynam­ics reduced waste and clut­ter with­in their man­u­fac­tur­ing lines. And to help stream­line work­er areas, visu­al man­age­ment was imple­ment­ed to improve pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and safe­ty. They then took the improve­ment suc­cess­es gained in their man­u­fac­tur­ing divi­sions and applied these meth­ods across to oth­er depart­ments. This increase in employ­ee aware­ness of waste and improve­ments accel­er­at­ed their growth across the board.