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26 PalletCentral • January-February 2015 palletcentral.com he lean philosophy is a state of mind, a company culture. Taiichi Ohno, one of the principal architects of Toyota's lean production system, captured the fundamentals of lean when he said, "All we are doing is looking at the time line from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing that time line by removing the non-value-added wastes." Lean is an evolution from many years of different management practices over and over. "Lean is a cultural thing and has morphed into quality management. If you lead people in the proper way, cultivate them, it becomes a mindset," Keith Geiges, president of operations, Treen Box & Pallet Corporation. So with a "lean mind," how are companies in the pallet industry planning to tweak their future business plan to reduce waste? Lean involves trial and error, constant tweaking from both Industry Thought Leaders Building a Better Pallet with Lean Philosophies By Annette Ferri BUSINESS T

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