Lean is about operating the most efficient and effective organization possible, with the least amount of cost and zero waste. It requires companies to make smart use of all their resources, including their people. Lean initiatives may have launched in manufacturing, but companies, organizations and service providers of all kinds and sizes will benefit from its techniques.

Individuals may register for Lean Certification courses through the course links on this page.

Our Lean Training Program can be conducted onsite for companies and organizations.  You can meet our trainer, Brian Furlong, and ask questions during the free Lean Overview Seminar, offered three times per year.

Lean Mastery

Lean is a philosophy designed to bring about rapid, planned, controlled and measured step-change improvements to the performance of an organization through an overhaul of the value stream. It utilizes a comprehensive set of elements, rules and tools that focus on value as perceived by the customer, the elimination of waste and continuous incremental improvement.

Lean is not just for manufacturing. It's for ALL processes - in financial institutions, health care organizations, education, manufacturing and service providers. If you have processes, you can benefit from Lean!

Lean Mastery Certificate Program

A six-day course focusing on practical skills through interactive participation, breakout sessions and the completion of projects. At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge needed to fully implement Lean throughout your organization.

Benefits of a Lean Organization

  • Reduce costs to increases profits
  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Increase employee engagement
  • Improved quality
  • Increased productivity
  • Better use of human resources
  • Shorter lead time
  • Simplified scheduling and control activities
  • Greater flexibility
  • Reduced inventory
  • Reduced space requirements
  • Increased capacity
  • Better relations with suppliers
  • More product variety


Meet Our Instructor

Brian Furlong is a seasoned, senior executive with 30 years experience in manufacturing and finance. He is a passionate advocate of Lean Enterprise, having successfully completed implementation in numerous facilities in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. He is highly motivated, energetic and focused on ensuring that organizations achieve maximum profitability through effective management of the value-stream.

Brian is co-author of the book “The Elusive Lean Enterprise” He is a frequent TEC speaker and a keynote speaker at various business seminars and conferences.

Customized Lean Training

Let us work with you to develop a Lean implementation plan based on your specific needs! Our team will visit you organization to understand your processes and challenges and design and implement a customized lean program.

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Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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