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GA 323 | Pivoting From Furniture to Personal Protective Equipment with Jeff Kaas

By Jessica Bush Updated on June 10th, 2020

This week’s guest is Jeff Kaas. Jeff explained how Kaas Tailored went from making furniture to making PPE in response to COVID-19. Jeff also shared some of the mistakes they’ve made, including reverting to batch production.  A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • About Kaas Tailored (4:07)
  • Their PPE initiatives (6:36)
  • Overcoming their fear (8:55)
  • What they started with (11:43)
  • How the lean mindset helped Jeff and his team (14:58)
  • What didn’t work (18:57)
  • Why we revert to bad habits (19:55)
  • What they’ve learned and what they would do differently (25:57)
  • Manufacturing face shields (32:59)
  • Their production mix (35:03)
  • The true power of lean (37:44)
  • About their waste tours (39:41)

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