External Resources

Copper Country Lean / Continuous Improvement Group

The Copper Country Lean/Continuous Improvement Group is an association of local businesses and organizations who are involved with Lean, quality, and continuous improvement efforts.  They meet once a quarter to learn more about continuous improvement, share stories, collaborate, ask questions, and celebrate successes.

The group is based in the Houghton, Michigan area.  For more information or to be put on the group's email list, contact Ruth Archer at 906-487-3180 or improvement@mtu.edu

The next meeting of the group will be in August 2017.

The community is invited to attend Q&A on a Lean Transformation, a presentation by Michigan Tech alum Dan Vermeesch. The session will be Wednesday, April 12, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am in the Douglas Houghton Hall (DHH) Ballroom, room G32. Dan is the Plant Manager and Lean Champion at Micron Manufacturing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He will use Micron's Lean transformation as an example to walk the session participants through every stage of the journey. The session is designed to be a two-way conversation, so no matter where you are on your journey, you'll be able to share, explore, and discuss challenges and opportunities for improvement.

In addition to his regular work, Dan currently serves as Chairman of the Management Update Committee for the Precision Machined Products Association and is a Director on the Board of the Michigan Lean Consortium. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from Michigan Tech. Prior to joining Micron in 1996, Dan worked 7 years as a manufacturing engineer and in supervision in the aerospace and commercial electronics industries.

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