Lean Blog Audio — Rhode Island’s Governor Announces Lean Initiative,


You might know my friend Karl Wadensten, the president of VIBCO, a small manufacturer in Rhode Island. I’ve interviewed him for episode #84 of my podcast series (which was also episode #10 of my video podcast series).I’ve had a chance to visit his factory a few times (mostly in the 2009-2011 timeframe). Each time, I’ve been impressed with the visible employee enthusiasm for improvement and the way VIBCO has used Lean to meet business objectives of better customer service and performance. Then, and over time, I’ve been impressed with Karl’s transformation into a Lean leader.

Beyond VIBCO, Karl has been a tireless proponent of Lean for the state of Rhode Island.

These efforts have led to Governor Gina M. Raimondo supporting Lean and signing an executive order that will mandate the use of Lean principlesand methods in state government.

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