During a recent trip to northwest Ohio, Congressman Bob Latta visited Northwest State Community College to see how NSCC is incorporating the lean principals of reducing waste and increasing efficiency. A team of NSCC employees recently completed an organization and safety project, known as “5S” in lean terminology, in the campus machining lab. During his visit, Congressman Latta toured the lab and saw the finished project. The reorganized space will benefit students by providing better access to equipment and showcasing how lean practices are used in manufacturing to create a more efficient and safer work environment.
Projects like this are eligible for grant funds through Ohio’s Local Government Efficiency Program. Through the program, public sector employees including city, state, county, township and public school entities, can receive free training on lean practices. The goal of the training is to help these employees eliminate waste in their processes, save money and provide better service. Local agencies that complete the training are then eligible to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding to carry out lean projects. Northwest State is an authorized training provider for the program. For more information, contact Jim Drewes at 419.438.3660 or jdrewes@NorthwestState.edu