Huck models Japan

DON MILLS, Ont. – At a time when talk of Japanese management has fallen into relative obscurity, Huck International – the makers of the Huck bolts that hold truck equipment together – sees the approaches as the best way to be competitive.

The company founded in 1930 has changed the way it does business, Huck International president Don Busby said during a keynote address to the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar.

Using “kaizen events”, the company gathers front-line employees to address specific problems through intense, five-day sessions. Solutions then have to be introduced within 30 to 60 days.

The approach has seen drastic changes. Where fasteners once took 9-1/2 days to travel through the plant, they now take a day. n

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