Press Release For Immediate Release
Businesses to Share LEAN Practices and Recognize Excellence at the 5th Annual Northeast Shingo Prize Conference
Wednesday & Thursday, October 7-8, 2009
The DCU Center, Worcester MA 

  "Everybody, Everyday: Creating a Culture
of Total Employee Involvement"
Boston MA - July 7, 2009 -
The 5th Annual Northeast Shingo Prize Conference is a two-day conference focusing on Lean manufacturing philosophy and best practices and features talks by today's leading Lean practitioners, teachers and well as your peers sharing their experiences implementing Lean. We promise you will learn new ways to approach Lean to ensure your Lean initiative helps you achieve real and lasting improvements.

The theme of this year's conference reflects the belief that Lean manufacturing is critical in today's global economy and that the most critical success factor when implementing Lean is getting all employees - from the CEO to the front line - thinking about continuous improvement everyday. The primary goal of the Northeast Region Shingo Prize Conference and it's administrative entity, GBMP Inc., is to provide companies with a framework to enable them to remain competitive on a global level. The conference includes two award ceremonies: one recognizing the 2009 Shingo Medallion and Shingo Prize winners and one for the Silver Toaster Award for Employee Excellence which recognizes an individual lean champion's contribution to his or her organization's Lean transformation.  
Speakers include:
5S no words Steven Spear* (author of Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System and Chasing The Rabbit)
Sheriff John Rutherford (of Jacksonville FL)
David Mann* (author of Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions)
David Meier* (author of The Toyota Way)
Jean Cunningham* (author of Real Numbers
William Lareau (author of Office Kaizen: Transforming Office Operations into a Strategic Competitive Advantage)
Bruce Hamilton* (aka "The Toast Guy")
Edgar Schein (author of Helping: How to Offer, Give and Receive Help).....
....and more!  The conference also includes 2 Virtual Plant Tours, The Community of Lean Lounge, panel discussions, The "Shingo After Dark" networking cocktail reception and the Shingo Prize Award Ceremony & Banquet.
Speakers and sessions will also emphasize the value of being involved in a Community of Lean and the conference features a Community of Lean Lounge where companies on the lean journey will discuss in an informal setting how they began and are sustaining their continuous improvement initiative. Yokoten is the Japanese term for the practice of peer-to-peer sharing, copying and implementing of kaizen ideas, either exactly or with customized improvements. It's a good thing! 
Get Involved!
Conference registration is now open. Register online at  or call 617-287-7630.  A group discount is available - send five and the sixth is free. If you can only afford to take your employees to one conference this year, this should be it. The caliber of speakers and the learning and networking opportunities are completely unheard of at this price.  It is the most affordable opportunity of the year to learn Lean from the world's best.  

Sponsorship opportunities still remain. Download the prospectus from You will also find the guidelines for the Silver Toaster Award on the Northeast Shingo Prize website.  Nominations are being accepted through August 3, 2009.
About The Northeast Shingo Prize
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, established in 1988, recognizes business excellence around the globe. The philosophy of the Shingo Prize is that world-class performance for quality, cost and delivery can be achieved through lean principles and techniques in core manufacturing and business processes. Business Week, May 15, 2000, stated that the Shingo Prize is, "...the Nobel prize of manufacturing...." The Northeast Region administered by GBMP Inc is comprised of eleven states from Maryland to Maine. The annual conference highlights how lean principles, communities and techniques/tools can guide a company's aspirations to be competitive in global markets.
About GBMP
Based at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, GBMP is a non-profit corporation that has worked with hundreds of companies, providing suggestions and solutions resulting in millions in cost savings and increased sales. Each year GBMP trains over 7000 people on Continuous Improvement principles in customized, on-site classroom and shop-floor training sessions and educates over 1000 more in public workshops, plant tours and the Manufacturing Roundtable.
GBMP, Inc.
Lela Glikes
Program Manager & Conference Coordinator
Telephone: 617-287-7630
Fax: 617-287-7699
Mailing Address:
c/o Umass Boston College of Management
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston MA 02125
"Everybody, Everyday" is a Registered Service Mark of GBMP, Inc.

(* Is a Shingo Prize Recipient)