MIDLAND, Va. – In a time when most companies are focusing on survival, Smith-Midland Corporation of Midland, Virginia, is transforming. They are tearing down the walls on what is typically known as "economy of scale," or traditional manufacturing and taking a more holistic approach to the process of manufacturing precast concrete. Ultimately, they will build a better, bigger, and stronger company which, in turn, may result in a more profitable company.
According to Chris Kemp, Director of Continuous Improvement for Smith-Midland, the company is undergoing what can best be described as a "lean" transformation. "The transformation will focus on the three main factors that production managers fear most: poor quality, increase in production costs, and an increase in lead time. It will be a shift from the traditional manufacturing system to a model that emulates the Toyota Production System."