12 Dec 2014 - 08:00 am to 12 Dec 2014 - 04:30 pm

Lewiston, ID

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Manufacturing Specialist, Gene Hamacher, of TechHelp and the University of Idaho will host a full-day “Principles of Lean Manufacturing” Workshop on Friday, December 12 from 8am – 4:30pm at the Williams Conference Center at LCSC in Lewiston.  This workshop provides a powerful orientation to the discipline of Lean. You will learn and practice Lean techniques by applying classroom lessons during multiple production simulation activities.

“The Lean simulation activities made me a believer. Having over 20 years of production experience, I am the kind of guy that says, show me. And they did. We are now on the path of lean…it’s definitely a journey too!”Danny Hiner - Production Manager, Quest Aircraft Company, Sandpoint

Why Attend a Principles of Lean Manufacturing Workshop?

Ultimately, Lean is about satisfying your customers. Lean organizations do this by working to eliminate anything that does not add customer value to their products or services. Lean helps companies improve plant processes, efficiency, safety, production, delivery times, customer service and employee morale. This can lead to fewer mistakes, less work in process and lower employee turnover.


“TechHelp engaged our entire team in Lean initiatives that helped us reduce lead time by 50% and generate $3m in new & retained sales and $400K in cost savings.” Marty Artis, President - FAMCO, Meridian

Workshop Fees, Discounts & Payment

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The workshop will be offered at a discount to members and clients of our partner organizations including the American Manufacturer Network (AMN), the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) and the Northwest Intermountain Manufacturers Association (NIMA).

We also offer early bird and group discounts that will be applied during checkout.

  • Full Price = $250/person
  • Discount for clients or members of SBDC, AMN, CEDA, NIMA = $75/person (Enter Your Organization’s Code Listed at Left During Checkout)
  • Early Bird Discount = $15/person (Register by midnight on Monday, December 1 )
  • Group Discount = $15/person for 2 or more registering at same time
  • Note – Above discounts are cumulative. Price of workshop including all above discounts = $145 per person

For a discount code, please contact Shelly at 208.426.3767 or shellygillis@techhelp.org  or Gene Hamacher at 208-449-8053 or genehamacher@techhelp.org

Class size is limited to 20 and the early bird discount ends November 26 so make sure you SIGN UP EARLY!

Registrants who cancel 7 or more business days prior to the workshop will receive a full refund. Registrants who cancel less than 7 business days prior to the workshop will be charged a minimum of 50% of the workshop fee. No shows will be charged the full workshop fee.

Contact Information

For registration or information, contact Shelly:
Phone – 208.426.3767
Email – shellygillis@techhelp.org

Idaho Companies that have Implemented Lean Report:

  • lead lead time reduced from weeks to days (attract new & keep current customers with fast delivery)
  • a 50% improvement in floor space utilization (grow without plant expansion )
  • a 70% reduction in travel distance (eliminate wasted time & motion)
  • a 50% reduction in inventory levels (boost cash flow and profits)
  • a 20% increase in efficiency
  • a 75% decrease in overtime

“Our efficiency and innovation initiatives with TechHelp helped us generate $22.5M in new and retained sales and $2.2M in cost savings.” Jerry Whitehead, President - Western Trailers, Boise

Other Benefits of Lean to Companies & Employees

  • Companies realize immediate ROI through shop-floor Lean projects.
  • Companies can begin a Lean transformation led by employees trained in a proven methodology.
  • Employees learn to see & eliminate waste that went unnoticed.
  • Employees gain valuable skills needed to lead Lean projects.

Idaho Companies Following Lean Principles Include:

  • Rekluse Motor Sports, Boise
  • Quest Aircraft, Sandpoint
  • Packaging Specialties of Idaho, Burley
  • FAMCO, Meridian
  • Idaho Wrecker Sales, Mountain Home
  • Selkirk Metalbestos, Nampa
  • Great American Appetizers, Nampa
  • Litehouse Foods, Sandpoint
  • Diversified Metal Products, Blackfoot
  • Silver Needle, Kellogg
  • Buck Knives, Post Falls
  • Western Trailers, Boise

“What stood out most was that the Lean workshop was more like a boot camp. Old habits were stripped away and replaced with new and improved habits learned through practical hands-on training methods.”Mark Cahill - Co-founder, The Lancair Company

Workshop Topics Include

  • Value Added and Non-value Added – Value Added activities must modify the process step at some level. Non-value Added activities add cost and time to the process, but no real value.
  • Organization Wastes – What they are and how to recognize them.
  • Process Mapping – A visual depiction of the process that helps identify waste and develop a plan for improvement.
  • Standardized Work – Improves quality and efficiency by creating standardized processes used by all.
  • 5S/Visual Controls – Improves quality, safety, and efficiency by organizing the workplace and building intuitive visual cues into the processes.
  • Teamwork/Cross training – Improves the agility of the workforce and can have a tremendous impact on efficiency and productivity.
  • Flow, Batch Size Reduction, and Pull/Kanban Systems – Helps move product, paperwork and information through the process more efficiently at the pace of customer demand.
  • Point of Use Storage – Creates efficiency by putting material, equipment and supplies exactly where they are needed.
  • Quality at the Source – Builds quality in to every step of the process so that bad product is never passed through.

Who Should Attend

  • Business owners
  • Production planners
  • Production supervisors
  • Product cell teams and leaders
  • Line supervisors and managers
  • Process improvement teams and leaders
  • New hires and employees needing a Lean refresher
  • Suppliers and business associates


Gene Hamacher

Gene Hamacher

Gene Hamacher is a Manufacturing Specialist with TechHelp and the University of Idaho based in Post Falls at the U of I Research Center. He provides assistance to Idaho manufactures across northern Idaho from the Canadian border south into the Lewiston area. Gene is an accomplished Lean practitioner with experience in a variety of plants and industries. Most recently, he was an Instructor at DeVry University where he taught online courses on Production Control Methods and Lean Manufacturing/JIT. He was also an Instructor for ITT Educational Services, Inc. where he taught classes on Business Management, Project Management, Mathematics & Problem Solving and Electronics.

At Lane Community College, Gene provided classes and advising for small business owners and focused primarily on agricultural businesses and production processes. Gene was Director of Support Services at Triumph Composite Systems; a $70m production facility. Gene started his career at Boeing in Spokane as a Senior Production Manager responsible for leading and managing Production Operations, Maintenance, and Technical support.


MSE, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MSM, Operations Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management
BSEET, Electronics Engineering Technology, DeVry University




CEDA is a member driven organization that provides leadership and guidance in developing communities, diversifying the regional economy, and creating prosperity in North Central Idaho.

The American Manufacturer Network Mission is to promote and enhance profitability of USA based manufacturers by addressing the needs of the manufacturing community in areas of new markets, supply chain, advanced technologies, workforce, and exporting.

NIMA is a rural-based manufacturing trade association run by and for small manufacturers. Through close business relationships with its members, NIMA provides services and referrals to assist manufacturers grow and improve their businesses. NIMA offers opportunities for networking and enhancing communication among manufacturers and with other groups. It is an active voice and advocate for manufacturers in the region, promoting manufacturing through its leadership in fostering workforce development, training and education.


The Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide, university-based organization which has been helping small businesses succeed since 1986. Everyday, experienced Idaho SBDC consultants meet with clients, just like you, to provide guidance in developing and growing a successful business. Statistics show that our clients outperform their peers typically achieving 5 times the sales growth than the average Idaho small business.



TechHelp Manufacturing Specialists provide information and technical/professional assistance that helps Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors accelerate growth and profitability through continuous product and process innovation.