Lee’s Enterprise is Participating in a US Dept of Labor Apprenticeship Program
Lee’s Enterprise is participating in an apprenticeship program sponsored by the US Department of Labor in conjunction with Goodwill Industries and College of the Canyons. For detail please see the links below.
New Equipment – 2015 Mazak Nexus 530C-II Vertical Milling Center
Lee’s Enterprise is proud to announce the acquisition, installation, and full qualification of a new 2015 Mazak Nexus 530C-II Vertical Milling Center. The new Mazak Mill adds Vertical milling capability to Lee’s Enterprise current repertoire of manufacturing expertise. The machine was acquired to support customer demand for Vertical milling.
New Equipment – 2015 Mazak Quick Turn Smart 250 CNC Lathe
Lee’s Enterprise is proud to announce the acquisition, installation, and full qualification of a new 2015 Mazak Quick Turn Smart 250 CNC Lathe. The new Mazak Lathe adds more lathe capacity to Lee’s Enterprise current repertoire of manufacturing expertise. The machine was acquired to support customer demand for lathe capacity.
New Equipment – 2014 Mori DMU 50 5 Axis CNC Mill
Lee’s Enterprise is proud to announce the acquisition, installation, and full qualification of a new 2014 Mori DMU 50 5 Axis CNC Mill. The new Mori Mill adds 5 axis milling capability to Lee’s Enterprise current repertoire of manufacturing expertise. The machine was acquired to support customer demand for 5 axis milling.
New Equipment – 2014 Studer FAVORIT CNC ID/OD Grinder
Lee’s Enterprise is proud to announce the acquisition, installation, and full qualification of a new 2014 Studer FAVORIT CNC ID/OD Grinder. The machine was acquired to increase grinding capacity to meet current and future customer demand.
Lee’s Enterprise Expansion
Lee’s Enterprise is proud to announce the completion of its expansion into the entirety of the building located at 20721 Marilla St. The building located at 20721 Marilla St. was purchased in 2011. At the time of the purchase the original owners were granted a 3 year lease to the offices and a portion of the manufacturing space while Lee’s Enterprise expanded its manufacturing operations into a portion of the facility. The newly completed expansion has added a conference room, spacious lunch/break room, and additional manufacturing space.
Performance Optimization and Alternative Energy
Lee’s has evaluated performance and optimized as it relates to their entire enterprise. This analysis has led to the development of many non-traditional opportunities for performance optimization and improvement.
As a Purpose Driven Organization we decided to explore how we could make a major positive impact, not only on the environment, but also on the cost or products and services to our customers. These are win/win solutions.
One of our major solutions for 2014 is to transfer our energy strategy from traditional generation to solar. Solar will generate 40% of our energy needs into the future and will reduce our energy costs substantially. This will impact both product cost and our carbon footprint.
This is just one more way that Lee’s is taking responsibility for the future and that of our society in general.
Performance Optimization and QLI
What is QLI? It stands for Quality Leading Indicators. This is a system introduced to us by Eaton, a major customer. They use it to manage their company. Because of our prior performance they had selected us to help them to develop a template and methods for implementing this management system among their supply chain.
Unlike other management systems, and continual improvement approaches, it incorporates predicative analytics. These are leading indicators that help us to understand in advance the health of our business systems and processes.
In this way it is not reactive, but rather predictive, so we can act before anything bad occurs. It allows us to better see our future and make decisions today to overcome future risk. This will help us to optimize our performance and consistency going into 2014.
We are in the process of developing our model for this system and will have it fully implemented by the end of the first quarter.
Performance Optimization and Engineering
Early last year we evaluated the key elements that we thought had led to our success with On Time Delivery and Quality. One of these was in the inclusion of engineering expertise at the quote stage of our manufacturing process.
We work in a team, with both engineering and quality, to develop quotes that incorporated best practices into the process from engineering and quality. From this evaluation we decided to enhance our engineering department and invested in a new manager to add both capacity and further expertise to this strategic advantage of our firm.
This new team member is helping us to work even better with quality and production to ‘do it right the first time’. This was an investment made to help us to achieve our overall objective of performance optimization.