MFG TMW Podcast
Matt Long and John Miller, Herman Miller, Inc.
Herman Miller, Inc., offer up lessons learned during the company's journey toward their version of Lean, the Herman Miller Performance System (HMPS), during this episode. Special thanks to The Ohio State University's Center for Operational Excellence for arranging this interview.
Herman Miller is a 108-year-old furniture and home furnishings manufacturer based in Zeeland, Michigan that garners more than $2 billion-a-year in earnings. Revered not only for its iconic designs, as evidenced by the company’s Eames Lounge Chair, but also for its culture, Matt and John visited the Center for Operational Excellence to communicate best practices in lean manufacturing.
For eight years, Matt has served as VP of continuous improvement with the responsibility of global implementation of the business processes, supply chain and dealer management; hedirected the program for 14 years prior to that. Prior to that, he held manufacturing and tooling engineering management positions at the company. He also worked in manufacturing and systems engineering positions at Lift Tech International, Kaydon Corporation and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft.
John has been an engineering manager at Herman Miller for almost 20 years. He specializes in lean product development, failure mode and effects analysis and lean Manufacturing. Both Matt and John are engineering alums of Lawrence Technological University.
Keywords: Herman Miller Performance System (HMPS), Lean, Toyota Production System, process improvement, change management.
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