Lean manufacturing is simply a method of doing more for less. This is also the topic of the First Wood Industry Management Series Workshop that will be held on May 5-6 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center on the Virginia Tech Campus.

Lean manufacturing systems are the most comprehensive of the popular production management concepts because it addresses product, process, and human-related issues in the production system.

The Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management is offering this workshop to help managers in wood products businesses identify target opportunity areas in their company for lean manufacturing, give a step-by-step guide for the implementation of "lean systems," and show how these steps will lead to significantly reduced manufacturing costs and increased competitiveness. This course is designed for upper and mid-level production managers.

Earl Kline, a professor in forest product manufacturing and a member of the Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management at Virginia Tech, and Dan Cumbo, a research associate with the center, will be the course instructors. Kline has over 14-years of experience in industrial systems engineering for wood products manufacturing.

There is a registration fee for this workshop. For more information contact Bob Smith at (540) 231-9750 or rsmith4@vt.edu. There will be lodging available at Donaldson Brown Hotel as well.

Written by Tara Laffey, University Relations intern