2 Second lean tour: Southwest Steel Buildings

June 12, 2024 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | event@ame.org


Virtual Event

Join AME and host Paul Akers for the next highly rated 2 Second Lean tour series!

The 2SL approach is like Mentoring on Steroids for companies who are interested in developing their people.

Our major focus is BUILDING People! 

Tour area highlights.

  • Morning Meetings (Focused on 4 key objectives) Setting the tone for the day
  • Shake out the day (Identifying clear work objectives for the day and seeing what areas, need protection by the rest of the team to accomplish the day's work)
  • Lean Discussion - Set a Challenge for the Day -
  • Mindset over Skill Set - Our focus is challenging the way people think so they can GROW! A proper mindset is more valuable than a rigid skill set. (Learn, Unlearn, Relearn)
  • Humility is a large element of whether we grow or stagnate. Lean office design Mobile desk, electrical layout, everything on WIFI Lean in Engineering and Estimation SSEI - Single Second Exchange of Information (Digital SMED) 3s & Improvement Boards Flow of Value to Customer. Treat your inventory like Fresh Fruit. If you have to freeze it, it's not fresh! Handle it the least amount possible. No damage. Serve it as fresh from the source as possible
  • Areas of operation will include departments, processes, featured best practices (e.g, kaizen, quality management, people centered leadership, preventive maintenance, customer relationship management, incentive plans, visual management, other lean best practices).

During the tour team members will share about their improvements. How the work was accomplished before and after the improvement. Share lean concepts and leadership principles. 

This event is part of  AME's 2 Second Lean Tour series hosted by Paul Akers, author of the book "2 Second Lean" and owner of FastCap.


Southwest Steel Buildings

Southwest Steel Buildings manufacture and supply steel building components to contractors and commercial customers.

We have 3 types of customers:

  • Local contractors
  • Small business owners looking for someone to help design and offer turn-key construction service
  • People looking for metal for an RV cover, metal roof or any small project, and will handle the install themselves.

We have one location, 35,000 sqft facility in Mineola, TX. We build rollform metal panels for use in steel buildings and metal roofing slit, cut, and fold tims used in steel buildings and metal roofing. Design, engineer, detail, and fabricate steel buildings for use in residential, commercial, and light industrial markets. There are 25 team members (full-time employees); 11 in production and shipping, 11 in customer service, sales, engineering and project management, four in administrative and IT.  https://www.BuildSouthwest.com


Wednesday, June 12, 2024 (ET)

11 a.m. Introductions
11:10 a.m. Tour starts - morning meeting, shake out the day, lean discussion, and gemba walk
11:40 a.m. Tour ends
11:45 a.m. Q&A
12 p.m. Event adjourns


Operations improvement opportunities


Operations managers, supervisors, human resource managers


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