After learning about lean manufacturing concepts and the Danaher method, senior leaders at Snap-On Tools were eager to implement the kind of business process improvements that would lead to efficient production, improved profitability, and reinvestment to move their global enterprise forward. LNA consultants were brought in to help implement strategic initiatives and develop internal teams so lean tactics could spread throughout their operations.
After long-term investment in lean strategy, the success of those initiatives is clear – resulting in 450% stock growth, acquisition of several competitors, and recognition as one of the US’s top plants.
Snap-On Tools was a successful global enterprise with a long-standing tradition of quality. However, business leaders knew they could always be more profitable and efficient. Executives wanted to free up capital to invest in growing their business and expand to more international markets. Seeking to streamline manufacturing, LNA consultants were brought in to disperse the strategic initiative among Snap-On’s internal teams and implement lean methods throughout their manufacturing processes.
Initiating change within such a large and established company presented challenges. As a global company, locations and teams were spread out – implementing new strategies across their workforce of 12,000 employees would take time, training, and careful planning.