Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean Starting at Bowden!

While we’ve done various aspects of Lean Manufacturing for many years, we’re in the midst of a resurgence using a book that’s new to us (We highly recommend the book to everyone!):

2 Second Lean

It’s already starting to shake things up here at Bowden!

Two of Paul’s big ideas are Daily Improvement Time and Before & After Videos, so I’ve been doing 15 minutes of Daily Improvement time in my office each morning before I get to work.

Below is my first Before & After Video showing Phase 1 of my office improvements (Don’t worry, the videos will start to get better as I/we get more experience!):

There will certainly be more to come as this week, we are starting our Daily Improvement Time at the start of our First Shift each day!

Thanks much,  Andy

The Bowden Blog is Back! 3 Thank You’s and 3 Encouragements

It’s been too long, but the Bowden Blog is back!

We’re going with video – very fun and just a little bit scary for me! – and I’m sure they’ll get better over time!

Just wanted to kick things off with three Thank You’s:

  • Dennis Hanink – Mentor & Friend to me and to Bowden
  • Darren Hardy – Personal Development Teacher & Coach
  • Amy McCartney – My loving wife and Inspiration to Me

And three Encouragements:

  • Seek out Mentorship
  • Begin on a Path of Personal Development
  • Share Your Love with Others

Have a great day!
– Andy

 

Labor Day – Extend the Weekend & Compress the Week!

Remarkable how great an extra weekend day feels, particularly without any extra “holiday” obligations associated with the day off from work.

Summer-like weather this weekend, unexpected for early September, provided some final poolside opportunities before Fall arrives in Northeastern Ohio…..just what we needed to recharge and refresh ourselves.

Several of our Bowden Teammates took an extra day to extend the long weekend a bit further, often a wise use of vacation time.  We’ve got some busy months ahead and we’re pretty excited to get cranked up again.

Funny how the extended weekend suddenly compresses this week that follows, as we can’t help by try to cram 5 days worth of activity into the 4 days that remain.  Of course that time compression never works, but with the extra time off, we’ve got extra energy in the building and it’s a great way to start a short week!

 

Retirement Celebration! Sandi Pandy – 33 Years of Energy, Dedication & Love

Taryn - Sandi - Kathy
Taryn – Sandi – Kathy

It was a warm Saturday afternoon when the Team at Bowden gathered with their families to celebrate the career of Sandi Pandy.

For over 33 years, Sandi’s enthusiasm has been a hallmark of Bowden’s world as Sandi worked tirelessly doing so many different tasks:  Payroll, HR, purchasing, accounting, party planning, answering the phone, inventory, budgeting…..the list could go on and on.

Sandi has been such an important part of all that we do and we wish her well as she plans to spend much more time with her family in the months and years ahead.  Thanks very much, Sandi, for all that you’ve added into our lives!

Sandi - Carl - Mike In Front of Sandi's Surprise Piano!
Sandi – Carl – Mike
In Front of Sandi’s Surprise Piano!

Bowden Product Introduction – AR-15 Handguards

Bowden Handguard Photo 3 - Best

After years producing parts for the defense industry and more recently, the commercial gun market, Bowden is launching a series of handguards for the AR-15.  Designed to be easy to install, these handguards come in two main styles (M-Lok and keymod) for 6″-15″ lengths.  They are Made in the USA and will able available this Fall.

This is exciting news for our Team and we’re excited to establish begin production in the coming months.  Stay tuned as we’ll report on our progess in the weeks ahead!

The Bowden Blog is Back!

The Bowden Blog is Back!

I’m sure we’ll give it a catchy name soon, but it’s been a few months without activity since the departure of our chief correspondent, Cory Zikesch.  Thanks, Cory, for kicking the Blog off in terrific fashion earlier this year and I’ll look to try and keep the quality of the posts up to your standards.

It’s July and it finally feels like summer here in Northeastern Ohio!  It’s remarkable how great it feels to have some sunshine and warm temps instead of daily rain showers.

Our shop has been very active and we’ve had some great effort from a variety of part-time high school and college students so far this summer and it’s been fun to watch.  They’ve rolled up their sleeves to help in many ways, from running machines and making inventory transactions, to preparing reports, scanning material certifications and plenty of cleaning.  It’s been good on-the-job training for them, while filling in specific requirements for our Team.  Thanks for the help!

We’ve settled into a nice rhythm as a company of establishing our Weekly and Daily Wins to Accomplish.  It definitely focuses the Team efforts and we accomplish more each day as a result.  Our discipline to our daily activities is growing and will be a key element in our ongoing success.

I’m excited for our growth as a Team to continue as we seek to live up to our ideal to be Honest, Friendly Manufacturing Partners.

Until next time, Andy

Quote of the Week“Whatever You Are, Be A Good One!” – Abraham Lincoln