In the mid-1950’s, Chef Ed Hawkins and his wife Lorena bought The Litehouse Restaurant in the resort town of Hope near Sandpoint, Idaho where they served their now famous blue cheese dressing. It wasn’t long before patrons started bringing empty jars so they could take home some of the delicious dressing. In 1962, the Hawkins’ family purchased 12 dozen cases of 16-ounce jars and a new business was born. As the Litehouse product line and demand for the company’s products expanded, management began to examine Lean Manufacturing as a way to address growth pains. In 2004, TechHelp Food Specialist, Jeff Kronenberg of the University of Idaho Food Science and Toxicology Department visited Litehouse and found a company ready to move forward with a Lean transformation.