Power Curbers celebrates Continuous Improvement Award in North Carolina
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Power Curbers celebrates Continuous Improvement Award in North Carolina

Power Curbers celebrates Continuous Improvement Award in North Carolina

Power Curbers has been honoured with the 2024 Continuous Improvement Award by the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership for its outstanding commitment to enhancing manufacturing processes and driving organizational excellence.

Based in Salisbury and family-owned since 1953, Power Curbers specializes in making concrete slipform machines used for curb and gutter, sidewalks, barrier walls, ditches, paving, and various special applications.

Their journey toward continuous improvement began with a deep look into their existing processes and identifying areas of improvement. They knew their employees played a crucial role in this journey, so they provided extensive training in lean principles like 6S, Kaizen, and Value Stream Mapping. These efforts created a workplace environment where everyone actively looks for process improvements.

“Twenty-two years ago, we embarked on our lean journey due to frustrations with our quality and efficiency. Recognizing the need for improvement, we sought outside help and visited other companies that were successfully implementing lean practices. After observing and learning from their experiences, we began adopting these principles, starting with our manufacturing processes. Over time, we extended these practices to other business areas, including lean accounting, striving to apply lean principles comprehensively throughout our organization,” said Stephen Bullock, President of Power Curbers.

However, making this shift wasn’t easy. It required strong leadership to guide the way and build a team that was open to embracing change.

“It took concerted efforts throughout the first year to embed this mindset across the organization and gain genuine buy-in. The objective was clear: embracing continuous improvement wouldn’t jeopardize job security but enhance our collective success,” said Bullock.

By implementing lean tools and practices, Power Curbers significantly improved productivity, safety, and efficiency. For example, organizing and standardizing workspaces reduced accidents and increased productivity. They also held targeted events to solve specific problems, which led to quicker deliveries and increased sales.

In the past, Power Curbers often found themselves rushing to fix mistakes or meet deadlines. But with lean principles in place, operations became smoother and more organized. They improved inventory management and workspace organization, improving efficiency and cost savings.

“Our inventory management underwent a significant overhaul. We realized the cost implications of excess inventory sitting idle on shelves and devised a coherent system to optimize inventory levels. Looking back, the transformation is remarkable. What was once a cluttered workspace with scattered parts is now organized with designated areas and shadow boards for easy access to tools and materials. This shift has improved efficiency and reflects our commitment to continuous improvement and operational excellence,” said Bullock.

To ensure these improvements lasted, Power Curbers standardized their processes and implemented visual management systems. They also continued to find ways to improve, such as adopting just-in-time delivery for parts to streamline production and improve cash flow.

“The just-in-time approach allows us to streamline our production process, from receiving raw materials to shipping the finished product, ensuring optimal cash flow. By adopting single-piece flow instead of batch processing, we avoid the accumulation of excess inventory and minimize the time between production and payment. This shift has greatly improved our cash flow and overall operational efficiency, contributing significantly to our success,” said Bullock.

The Continuous Improvement Award recognizes organizations that exemplify continuous improvement methodologies to drive organizational behaviors aligned with a detailed action plan and timeline. Power Curbers’ dedication to implementing lean practices, fostering employee engagement, and achieving tangible operational improvements exemplifies its commitment to excellence. It sets a benchmark for continuous improvement in the manufacturing industry.

In response to the award, Bullock expressed gratitude and pride in their team’s hard work. He sees it as validation of their commitment to getting better every day and an inspiration to continue striving for excellence.

“We are thrilled to receive the 2024 Continuous Improvement Leadership Award. The news was a fantastic surprise, and we couldn’t be more excited. We gratefully accept this prestigious honor for all our dedicated associates and sincerely appreciate the recognition. It reaffirms our commitment to continuous improvement and inspires us to push further towards excellence in everything we do,” said Bullock.

Power Curbers celebrates Continuous Improvement Award in North Carolina

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