Made in the USA

Wednesday, Oct. 11 Location Code
8:55am-1:50pm Hynes Center, Level 3, Room 313 WT/11



See how lean has helped New Balance be successful in the highly competitive world of athletic footwear and how lean has helped it keep manufacturing in the U.S. with its “Made in the USA” brand. Hear how a key component of its success is a highly engaged, highly energetic and motivated workforce, as demonstrated on the “Wall of Excellence.” On this tour, you will see value streams (cells), 5S, right-sized work stations and conveyors, flow, efficient use of TAKT time, real time problem solving with problem-solving stations throughout the assembly floor and visual management throughout. With a successful implementation of lean, New Balance has been able to reduce the time to manufacture a pair of footwear from eight days to three hours.


At New Balance, its job is to aid athletes in their pursuit of excellence, whether that means helping professional athletes set records and win medals, or propelling everyday athletes to achieve a new PR, run their first 5K or just to live a more healthy and active lifestyle. Its products are the perfect blend of function and fashion, giving you the performance technology you need and the style you want. Associates around the world bring these goals to life with their high-level skills and creativity. While offering the best product on the market, New Balance is equally committed to giving back. So while it looks to succeed, it believes in ensuring others have the same opportunity.

Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)