Solar Company Doubles Productivity at Socorro Plant Using Lean Techniques

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Dennis Grubb will tell you that partnering with the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) was one of the best business decisions he ever made — not counting the decision to move his solar products business, Solaro Energy, from California to New Mexico. custodia silicone samsung a8 samsung custodia outlet custodia samsung a8 Within a year of building a production facility in a business park just outside Socorro, the solar industry veteran had doubled productivity at the plant where his company’s solar powered attic fans and electronic skylights are assembled. cover iphone outlet custodia samsung outlet cover iphone 8 custodia iphone cover original He had outgrown his original space, requiring the construction of two more buildings. iphone 8 plus custodia cover iphone 8 custodia outlet custodia samsung shop cover samsung custodia huawei custodia Grubb, who designed and engineered every Solaro innovation, applauds the business-friendly environment in New Mexico and the training he and his work force obtained from MEP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping businesses increase profitability and competitiveness by streamlining production to its most efficient essentials. custodia samsung s8 cover shop online custodia samsung store custodia samsung The collaboration began with a phone call from MEP at just the right time — when Grubb realized his company needed to purge the production process of bugs and bottlenecks. cover custodia samsung cover shop online “We realized we needed to improve our efficiency” he said. iphone cover outlet custodia outlet samsung s8 MEP uses multiple techniques to help businesses increase profits by standardizing production and administration and eliminating anything that wastes time or resources or doesn’t add value to the final product. cover iphone 8 custodia outlet cover iphone outlet Solaro Energy sent every employee to MEP’s classroom training sessions, and MEP visited the factory to help the company apply those lessons at the point of production. custodia samsung s7 edge iphone 8 plus custodia custodia samsung s7 edge custodia samsung outlet custodia de telephone samsung galaxy “We reorganized the whole factory and got rid of practices that were obsolete or unnecessary,” Grubb said. iphone 8 plus custodia cover iphone outlet custodia samsung s7 edge “Our incidence of quality failure has dropped to almost zero.” The company employs 20 people now, but Grubb expects to add jobs every year until his work force numbers 100 in five years. cover iphone custodia cover iphone cover custodia huawei custodia samsung outlet That’s a real boost to the economy of Socorro. cover iphone outlet samsung custodia outlet cover samsung custodia custodia samsung s8 “I’m not in this for the money but for the planet,” he said. iphone cover outlet iphone 8 plus custodia outlet iphone cover original custodia silicone samsung a8 Solaro’s mission is to “become the industry standard and worldwide source of solar-powered solutions for residential, commercial, manufacturing, and municipal environments.” Grubb is sold on the idea that the lean manufacturing practices he’s learned from MEP will help him reach those ambitious goals. cover custodia iphone cover iphone 6 custodia outlet custodia samsung outlet cover iphone outlet He plans to look for people with the same mind-set and commitment to lean manufacturing as the company grows and hires more employees. cover iphone 6 plus custodia huawei custodia cover custodia samsung iphone cover outlet All new hires will undergo training with MEP. cover custodia iphone custodia samsung a8 2018 cover custodia iphone custodia samsung s8 “We want to China-proof our company — to do things more efficiently,” he said. cover samsung custodia samsung custodia cover iphone custodia outlet cover custodia samsung cover custodia iphone custodia samsung outlet “We’re able to produce more now with the same number of people. cover iphone 8 plus custodia outlet custodia samsung shop cover iphone custodia samsung custodia Better profits mean we can pay our people more.” MEP is affiliated with the U.S. custodia samsung galaxy cover custodia iphone iphone custodia cover custodia iphone Commerce Department and exists to help small and midsized businesses create and preserve American jobs. cover iphone outlet cover iphone 8 plus custodia outlet samsung custodia outlet Some services are offered at no charge, as most New Mexico businesses qualify for financial assistance to attend MEP’s training sessions or receive on-site help applying lean practices. For more information about New Mexico MEP offerings, visit or call (505) 262-0921.

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