Admonishing the auto industry for failing to embrace lean manufacturing, and deriding cottage practitioners of the discipline, Freudenberg-NOK Chairman and Chief Executive Joseph Day forms The Lean Center. Declaring he’s "hopping mad" at the state of North America’s auto industry, Mr. Day says The Lean Center — sponsored by Freudenberg-NOK — is devoted to teaching efficiency-oriented practices popularized by Toyota Motor Corp. For a fee, the Lean Center offers training programs to other ...

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