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The ISO 9001:2015 revision has been officially released -- the first major revision since ISO 9001:2000. It takes into account the vast changes in technology, business diversity, and global commerce.

If you are interested in attending a special workshop on March 18 featuring the revisions, please register here. For more information, click here or contact Phyllis Levine at (845) 391-8214 ext. 3001 or at phyllis.levine@hvtdc.org.

Hawkins, Inc. Acquires Stauber Performance Ingredients

In 2011, Stauber Performance Ingredients had a vision for their newly acquired facility in Florida, New York. Under the leadership of Executive Steve Graham, the entire Stauber team developed a strategy to take their “good” ingredients manufacturer to “world class” status over the next five years.

Today, under the watchful eye of Mr. Graham, that vision has become a reality. Hawkins, Inc. announced last week that it has completed its acquisition of Stauber from ICV Partners II, L.P. and its other shareholders in a cash for stock transaction. The acquisition marks the largest in Hawkins' history and follows Stauber’s transformation into an industry powerhouse of “world class” status.

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Lean Part IV: Total Productive Maintenance

If you are a business owner, you know that breakdowns in the manufacturing process can make or “break” an organization. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a Lean system introduced to minimize that very issue.

Its overriding objective is the reduction and elimination of waste (equipment downtime, defects, wasted energy, labor inefficiency, etc.). By maintaining and improving the integrity of production and quality systems through the machines, equipment, processes, and employees, that waste is reduced or eliminated.

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Bringing Technology to Your Business

For the past several months, we have lead you down the Lean improvement path, prompting an examination of your manufacturing processes to uncover opportunities that may yield more efficient production practices. Over the course of the next few months, we are expanding our focus to touch on ways your organization can enhance its technology applications to bring about critical business solutions.

Lean management is just one approach to help maximize product quality and reduce production costs. Technology, on the other hand, is not only integral in providing the tools that enable that production, but it is often identified as the most important area of manufacturing process decision making. In fact, it could be argued that technology innovation is the distinguishing factor that separates the leaders from the followers.

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