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Lifetime Products and MEP Host Visual Workplace Workshop

January 18, 2010

CLEARFIELD, UTAH — Lifetime Products, the world leader in both blow-molded folding tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops, has teamed with Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of Utah to host a nationwide Visual Workplace Workshop January 18.

The seminar began with internationally renowned author and lecturer Gwendolyn Galsworth, Ph.D., speaking on her unique visual conversion approach. Author of Visual Workplace/Visual Thinking and other books on workplace visuality, Dr. Galsworth is an educator, implementer, and researcher with more than 25 years in the field of the visual workplace. The seminars focused on “Ten Doorways” into a comprehensive visual workplace and the “Five Reasons” why workplace visuality is indispensable to a company’s journey toward enterprise excellence. Companies that attended include Green Mountain Coffee of Waterbury, VT; Intuit of Plano, TX; Malt-O-Meal of Tremonton, UT; S & S Steel Fabrication of Hurricane, UT; and Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. of Draper, UT.

“We continue to spend a great deal of time and effort in learning and implementing new visual workplace tools and techniques,” said Richard Hendrickson, President of Lifetime Products, “The ROI has been outstanding. We are always looking for ways to increase our knowledge and understanding of a true ‘Visual Workplace’.”
 
Continuing a transformation that began in early 2009, Lifetime Products is learning lean principles under MEP’s tutelage and making incremental, yet dramatic changes through company. In August of 2009, a team of Lifetime employees took and passed the lean Bronze Certification at Utah State University.

After implementing Lean principles, Lifetime has already cut 25 percent of finished inventory over 2008. More than 787 “Kaizens” (employee-suggested process improvements) have been submitted; with 424 currently being implemented. Setting company sights on the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, Hendrickson continues to drive Lifetime Products forward learning the most up-to-date practices and striving for continuous improvement.

Lifetime Products, Inc., has applied innovation and cutting-edge technology in plastics and metals to create a family of affordable lifestyle products that feature superior strength and durability. Lifetime has been manufacturing in Utah for over 23 years, and is the world’s leading manufacturer of folding tables and chairs. pr@Lifetime.com.

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About Lifetime Products: Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products is the world's largest manufacturer of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With products sold in 58 countries, Lifetime has been manufacturing in Utah for more than 25 years and employs 1,250 people in its Clearfield facility, and more than 2,075 people worldwide. For more information about Lifetime Products, Inc. and its products, visit www.Lifetime.com.