Success Stories

Success Stories

Every client, situation, and project is unique. The Georgia Tech team works to understand each company’s individual needs and customize a solution that best fits those needs. We strive to gain measurable results for our clients, which we then report up to the NIST MEP organization on a quarterly basis. These success stories are compiled at the conclusion of various projects and are a testament to the relationships built and the teamwork that Georgia Tech and each of our clients have.


Aerospace Repair Manufacturer Prepares for a More Efficient Process

International Component Repair |  Plant Layout

ICR, an FAA repair shop specializing in the overhaul of commercial aerospace airframes and engine components, needed to restructure their plant layout before moving to a new facility. They worked with the GaMEP to create a single-flow production process. Learn more

Gaming Manufacturer Takes Kontrol of a Niche in the Market

KontrolFreek Classic

KontrolFreek |  Business Development, Manufacturing

Ashish Mistry, CEO of KontrolFreek, a manufacturer of a niche product in the gaming industry, moved his startup company to Atlanta to take advantage of Georgia Tech resources, including the GaMEP and ATDC. Learn more

Two Owners Sign Up for a Culture of Continuous Improvement

The Sign Brothers |  Process Improvement, Lean Culture

The Sign Brothers, a sign manufacturer in Athens, realized that their large number of SKU's and techniques required to produce custom products was starting to cause confusion and slow down their production time. They reached out to the GaMEP for help in identifying ways to improve their production process and inspire their employees to participate in a lean culture. Learn more

Canning Manufacturer Makes Improvements to Facilitate Business Growth

Crider Plant Floor

Crider Foods |  Warehouse Layout, Lean

Crider Foods, a canning and frozen/fully cooked poultry manufacturer, wanted to seek out opportunities within new markets as part of the company growth plan, but could not do so because of capacity issues. Crider worked with the GaMEP to build a more efficient warehouse space and reduce bottlenecks at production lines, which allowed the company to grow and pursue new opportunities. Learn more

Non-Profit Serves Up a Lean Culture to Become Better Stewards of their Funding

Organized Food Containers At Open Hand

Open Hand |  Culture Change, Lean

Open Hand, a non-profit prepared meal provider, used a Value Stream Map to identify problem areas and lean techniques to make improvements to plant layout, the meal preparation process and company culture. Learn more

Addressing a Culture to Create Employee Empowerment

Addresses of Distinction Manufacturing Plant

Addresses of Distinction |  Culture Change, Lean

Addresses of Distinction, a manufacturer of mailboxes and street signs for upscale communities, utilized lean transformation to create a culture of employee empowerment. Learn more

High-End Shirt Manufacturer Reconfigures their Space and Process to Support Future Growth Plan

Eton |  Warehouse Layout

Eton, a high-end maker of tailored men’s shirts and accessories, needed assistance to redevelop their warehouse space and flow in order to help plan for 40 percent year over year growth. Learn more

Contract Chemical Manufacturer Uses Lean Techniques to Keep Customer Costs Down

Helena Industries |   Lean, Value Stream Mapping

Helena Industries, a subsidiary of Helena Chemical Company, is a contract toll manufacturer with emphasis on the agricultural industry. When increasing costs threatened their ability to offer competitive pricing,  the company sought help to identify hidden cost savings opportunities. Learn more

Family Owned Manufacturer Shines with New Cleaning Product

Cushion by Design  |   Product Development

Almost 20 years ago in Dalton, Ga., Charlie Hubbs founded Cushion by Design, a small manufacturing company making high-end padding to support the carpet industry. Charlie's son Zach, the company's COO, noticed an opportunity to transform an existing technology into a new consumer product, and the Peachy Clean® scrubber was born.  Learn more

Golf Car Manufacturer Changes Traffic Patterns to Maximize Employee Safety

E-Z-GO  |   Lean Consortium

E-Z-GO began as a one-room machine shop in Augusta, Ga. Two brothers realized they could build a better golf cart than any that was currently on the market. Nearly half a century later, the company was named one of IndustryWeek's top 10 manufacturing plants in North America. As part of their dedication to continuous improvement, E-Z-GO joined Augusta's Lean Consortium four years ago, resulting in $500,000 new sales and $250,000 worth of cost-saving opportunities.  Learn more

CEO Finds Support in Monthly Discussions with Manufacturing Company Leaders

Flex-Tec  |   CEO Forum

Flex-Tec is a wire preparation and harness assembly company who has stayed in business since 1985, focusing solely on the North American business market. Facing many difficult decisions in the current economic climate, Flex-Tec’s CEO was seeking an outlet to discuss the challenges many business owners face. He discovered exactly that opportunity in the GaMEP’s CEO forum: a confidential monthly meeting where CEOs share and learn from one another’s experiences. Learn more

Seeking New Heights: Strategic Planning Fosters Vertical Market Expansion for Manufacturer

Prime Technological Services   |   Strategic Business Development

Prime Technological Services is a moderate-volume, high-mix Electronic Manufacturing Services provider located in Suwanee, Ga. When the company changed hands six years ago, lean processes and culture were implemented into the facility, creating excess capacity. With the help of the GaMEP, company leaders capitalized on the opportunity to expand their business into two new vertical markets. Learn more

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