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AME Toronto Oct. 20-24 Aligns Environment w/Profits, Sustainability, Green Success Stories From GE to Steelcase

Thursday, October 16, 2008

TORONTO, CANADA - General Electric and Steelcase. PortionPac and Powersmiths. These companies and many others have all successfully integrated environmental stewardship with Lean techniques, not just simply due to a sense of green and global responsibility— but because it also works in benefiting the bottom line and growing and sustaining both the organization and its people. With manufacturing and the economy at a precipice, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence brings together at their International Lean Conference in Toronto October 20-24, 2008, several timely presentations by global companies that are meeting current economic challenges head-on and succeeding by “going green.” These companies go green not as a jump-on-the-environmental-bandwagon, “feel-good” approach, but as a savvy business strategy that reaps another kind of “green”— profits, in an economic climate that, for now, remains rocky. Developing an environmentally sustainable organization is fast-becoming a business imperative that can provide genuine competitive advantage.

All part of AME’s Implementing and Improving Sustainable/Green Processes Value Stream series in Toronto, each expert presentation provides first-person accounts from executives leading the charge in their company’s transition to green alternatives. They’ll cite how “going green” has impacted expansion of their customer base along with customer service capabilities, staff retention and growth, as well as increased their profit margin and more.

From America to Australia, from diverting waste from landfill to re-use and recycle, to reducing greenhouse gases; from re-designing products with less raw material to exploring the use of renewable energy and “big ideas” in action like GE’s Ecomagination, find out how renowned companies are now looking at their value streams from an environmental perspective. Below are just a few presentations by companies and organizations that chart their Lean and green journey. Visit for more details and updates.

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