Pallet Jack Manufacturer Organically Produces Change
WESLEY INTERNATIONAL | ERP, Assembly
In the early 1960’s, Bob Fisher’s father bought Wesley International out of bankruptcy. In 2009, more than 50 years later, Fisher came out of retirement from a career as an attorney to run the company, a pallet jack and electric utility vehicle manufacturer, in Scottdale, Georgia. He moved from Chairman of the Board to CEO, developing a two year plan to turn the company around after it had suffered a decline in business due to the recession. Since then, Wesley International has enjoyed year over year growth of 25 percent and this past year experienced a staggering 37 percent growth. For a role he intended to initially hold for the short term, Fisher is now committed to Wesley International’s long term growth and thrives on the daily challenges he gets to encounter running a successful manufacturing company.
Fisher attended a luncheon at another manufacturing company in the Atlanta area. It was during this lunch that he was introduced to Lean concepts and the positive impact these tools had on the other company. He stayed after the lunch and talked with the speaker, Kelley Hundt, project manager at the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech.
In order to turn the company around, Fisher knew he could not implement a top-down approach. By gaining an outsider’s perspective, he believed he would be able to build trust within the organization and organically create change. Fisher and Hundt decided to begin Lean implementation with a process that could have immediate impact and create quick employee buy-in…Continue Reading.
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