Wabash Valley Lean Network


Purpose of WVLN

WVLN is a state-wide, member-driven group, focused on applying Lean principles and continuous improvement methods to eliminate waste in business processes so member organizations can gain a competitive edge.  WVLN helps train, connect and encourage members on their lean journeys through the exchange of knowledge and experience.

What WVLN Does

WVLN helps organizations transform their modes of operation through process-based innovation and end-to-end business process improvement.  WVLN members also capitalize on Lean-related learning opportunities, field trips, benchmarking visits and access to new resources.  WVLN also helps members improve quality management systems and stay compliant with International Quality Systems Standards.

How WVLN Operates

WVLN provides these benefits by arranging for members to gather once each month to learn from each other.  Each WVLN membership meeting is planned to cover 3-hours so a particular Lean topic can be discussed in depth, and application case studies from various industries can be presented.  Meetings also provide valuable time for members to network with speakers, and other Lean practitioners. The WVLN Steering Committee plans the monthly programs and arranges other WVLN events. 

Who Participates in WVLN

Although Lean concepts were developed to improve performance of manufacturing operations, Lean tools have been adapted to improve performance of non-manufacturing and office operations.  WVLN members represent a wide variety of industries: manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, financial services, software development, educational institutions, retail, hospitality, etc.   WVLN member organizations now attend our monthly meetings from throughout central Indiana, e.g., Lafayette, Indianapolis metro area, Columbus, Terre Haute, Kokomo, Anderson,  Monticello, Logansport, Attica, Delphi, Bloomington, Bluffton.

Monthly Membership Meetings 

Most WVLN meetings are held on 1st Thursday, 8:00 – 11:00am, at Subaru/SIA Training Center in Lafayette. Each year, two meetings are held at UAW/Rolls-Royce Training Center in Indianapolis and one meeting at the Lilly Corporate Center in Indianapolis.

How to Join WVLN

Annual Membership Fees are only $500 for a company membership, or $250 for an individual.  An unlimited number of persons can attend WVLN monthly events per company membership.


For more information about WVLN, contact Doug Ellenberger at Greater Lafayette Commerce:
      Email:  dellenberger@greaterlafayettecommerce.com
      Phone:   765-742-4044
      Mail:   PO Box 348, Lafayette, IN   47902