Every time DaimlerChrysler Corp. pulls workers off the shop floor to participate in Manufacturing Leadership Training, the result is about $500,000 in savings. In the two years since the launch of a formal program dedicated to continuous improvement and lean production, the company has created $25 million in savings. The training has become a significant and sustainable component of the overall lean production system that has had an estimated $300 million impact on the base cost of ...

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