Associated Industries of Massachusetts to Honor Sanderson-MacLeod
Fri October 19, 2018
Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the statewide employer association, will honor three distinguished western Massachusetts businesses Thursday evening for unique contributions to the state economy.
AIM will present the 2018 Sustainability Award to brush manufacturer Sanderson-MacLeod of Palmer.
The award will be presented at a celebration of western Massachusetts employers from 4:30-6:30 pm at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke.
The Sustainability Award recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship, promotion of social well-being and contributions to economic prosperity.
Many manufacturing companies have adopted continuous improvement initiatives, but few small employers have adopted them as comprehensively as Sanderson MacLeod.
The company initiated a continuous improvement effort while establishing a LEAN culture under which employee teams identified waste. Sanderson-MacLeod says involving the work force in improving the company created a rewarding experience.
Sanderson-MacLeod says the move to LEAN manufacturing has made the company measurably more efficient, producing more parts in a shorter amount of time. On-time shipping metrics improved, and lead times decreased. The result – the company has brought in additional business based upon its ability to produce quality parts delivered on time. Employment has increase 23 percent since the process began
AIM also presented Next century awards to Six Flags New England and United Personnel. Next Century awards honor employers, community organizations and individuals who have made seminal contributions to the Massachusetts economy and the well-being of the people who live here.