GA 035 | Daman Products’ Lean Journey with Larry Davis

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This episode’s guest is Larry Davis, President of Daman Products. Daman makes hydraulic manifolds for everything from farm equipment to roller coasters. Learn how Larry and his company embarked on their continuous improvement journey, and how they operate today.

An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.  

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The quote that most inspires Larry (2:24)
  • How Larry first came to learn about continuous improvement (3:01)
  • How Daman Products evolved before they incorporated lean (9:06)
  • How Larry and his coworkers started their lean journey (12:52)
  • The effect lean has had on Daman Products (16:01)
  • How the company handles training (19:10)
  • Larry’s take on the relationship between the work environment and natural law (20:59)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Larry (28:25)
  • The best advice Larry has ever received (31:37)
  • Larry’s three small productivity habits  (32:46)
  • Larry’s final words of wisdom (38:11)

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What Do You Think?

Was/is your lean journey similar to Larry’s? Why or why not?