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Christensen Shipyard - Innovation and Lean Transformation

Clients: Impact Washington

With the economic downturn in 2008, Christensen Shipyard went from 450 employees to 70. They focused on their core expertise in composite materials to help them innovate in the wind energy sector. Impact Washington worked with Christensen to set up a Lean wind turbine production line. When Christensen leadership saw the increased productivity Lean made possible on the new line, they recognized the potential to be more competitive building yachts using Lean. The organization has a long term commitment to a change in culture and implementation of management systems that will maintain their gains and keep them on the path of continuous improvement.

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