Upcoming Events


WVLN Membership Meeting

“Rethinking PDCA at Toyota”
“Lean Manufacturing Teamwork”

Thursday, November 2nd 8:00 - 11:00 am
UAW/R-R Training Center, Indianapolis
WVLN will hold its next monthly membership meeting on November 2nd, 8:00 – 11:00 am at UAW/Rolls-Royce Training Center, Indianapolis, IN (2601 Raymond Street) with an excellent program featuring James Noah and David Boggs, Martin Shoemaker and L.G. Litteral.

James Noah, currently Lexington, KY, Branch Manager for the Meiji Corporation, will present on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and how Toyota is changing the way they use PDCA to drive improvement.  PDCA (plan–do–check–act or plan–do–check–adjust) is an iterative four-step management method used in business for the control and continual improvement of processes and products.   

The Lexington Manufacturing Center (LMC) is a company out of Lexington, KY that provides packaging, material handling, assembly, logistics and woodworking services to businesses on the local, national and international levels. LMC incorporates the disciplines of lean Manufacturing and is known for their ability to work on projects of all sizes- large, small, long term and short term- allowing their customers to respond quickly to market conditions. With a focus on providing high-quality services and on-time delivery at a competitive price, LMC’s customers often utilize their services for decades and consider them an extension of their own facilities.

LMC is particularly unique because they are owned and operated by a nonprofit, Opportunity for Work & Learning (OWL), that has helped individuals overcome barriers to achieve personal and professional growth since 1961. To achieve this mission, OWL provides services such as vocational evaluations, skills training, life skills classes and job placement. Not only does LMC help financially support the mission of OWL, but they also serve as a training ground for program participants when appropriate, allowing them to earn income, real experience and skills training in an integrated environment. As the President/CEO of both OWL and LMC, David Boggs will be representing these organizations and discussing how they use lean philosophy and tools. He will be accompanied by the Manufacturing Director, Martin Shoemaker, and the Contract, Sales & Marketing Manager, L.G. Litteral.


We hope you will be able to attend this outstanding WVLN meeting/program on Thursday, November 2nd, 8:00 – 11:00 AM at UAW/R-R Training Center (Indianapolis).  

Non-members of WVLN can attend one or two of our meetings as guests (at no-cost), so feel free to invite a friend/peer who might have interest in attending this special program.

Note: If you plan to attend, but have not indicated so previously, please respond via an email reply to jmatson@greaterlafayettecommerce.com. 

Directions to UAW/RR Training Center:
Address: 2601 W. Raymond Street, Indianapolis Indiana 46241
From I-465 take Sam Jones Expressway East which becomes West Raymond Street.  Pass through Tibbs Ave. intersection and go on to the next light.  Turn right and follow road to UAW/RR Training Center.  Enter via front entrance.

December 7th Meeting Preview: Lisa Hershman will present “Creating a Culture of Excellence: Leveraging Lean, Agile, and Process Management for Enterprise Engagement.”  Her focus will be on how to get the entire organization engaged and pulling in the same direction when it comes to process improvement.  Lisa is the author of the book “Faster, Cheaper, Better.”