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James Lewis
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Lean Implementation Specialist for the furniture industry, author, writer

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Growth business needs representation in Texas

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 5:47pm 0 Comments

I am working with a dovetail drawer manufacturer in the Phoenix area to improve their processes and productivity.  We have doubled their capacity without additional cost and are now looking for sales representation for their product in Texas.  Delivery of quality product in one week.  If you know of anyone interested in taking on another line contact Brian Emerson at Top Drawer Components in Apache Junction, AZ.

Major equipment supplier thinking Lean

Posted on November 7, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

I am looking for some input from managers, business owners, engineers, and others in the Sawdust Soup audience who are users of woodworking equipment.  That should just about include every member of this site.

There is an equipment supplier that is making a shift in how they bring solutions to their customers.  I don't want to divulge the name of the company yet, but suffice to say that if you do woodworking you probably own a piece of their equipment.  The company's CEO is…


New eBook that is a must for your Lean library

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:01pm 0 Comments

Dave Irwin and I collaborated on a new book, A Testament to Lean Thinking - Cases for Change, that will give you great insight into the application of Lean tools and techniques and the development of Lean leaders in your organization.  The book also shares case studies from successful Lean…


New book on successfully applying Lean Thinking in your business

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:46am 0 Comments

A new book detailing how you can successfully apply Lean Thinking in your business is now available for easy…


Additional pearls of wisdom from Bits & Pieces

Posted on November 5, 2011 at 10:18am 0 Comments

Here is the second article I mentioned in my last blog.  This comes from the October, 1991 issue of Bits & Pieces.  It addresses our reluctance or inability to embrace change.

"'The world hates change,'" a famous inventor once said, adding, '"yet it is the only thing that has brought progress."'

"He might also have noted that change itself is changing: it's coming faster and faster.  And, whether we like it or not, a good portion of what today's leader knows about his or…


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At 10:02am on June 18, 2009, Patrick Molzahn said…
Thanks James. I am the Director of our Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program. It's a 1 year technical diploma which prepares graduates for work in the Wood Industry. You can see more online at:
Congratulations on your new position. Patrick

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