News Release: Blackhawk Bankers Attend IMEC Lean Manufacturing 101

Photo of Blackhawk Bank Bankers. Caption reads, Blackhawk Business Bankers at the Lean Manufacturing 101 Seminar on February 12, 2019. First Row (L-R) Brandy Catalani, Kevin King, Pam Cumpata. Second Row (L-R) Tracy Girardi, Daniel Kennedy, Joe Shere, Greg Lundquist, Paul Stagen, Gary BinicewiczFebruary 14, 2021 (Rockford, IL) – Blackhawk Bank Business Bankers participated in IMEC’s Lean Manufacturing 101 with Simulation at the NIU Campus in Rockford.

Lean Manufacturing is a concept that works to eliminate waste from the manufacturing process, such as implementing “half the manufacturing space and half the effort to produce products in half the time with fewer defects,” according to IMEC.

During this full-day seminar, participants received a comprehensive classroom presentation with hands-on simulation of a production facility.  When the simulation was completed, methodology and lessons learned from the simulation were discussed among the participants and instructors.

“Continuous improvement is core to Lean Manufacturing and business in general,” stated Pam Cumpata, Senior Vice President Business Banking at Blackhawk Bank. “We believe that our commercial banking team should learn, through partners such as IMEC, about manufacturing processes, efficiencies and trends that impact our current and potential customers.”

“This event really gave us a chance to work side-by-side with folks that live manufacturing every day,” commented Kevin King, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations at Blackhawk Bank. “Simulating with plant managers, floor managers and supervisors really gave us a unique perspective of their day-to-day operations.”

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