Bringing Lean Concepts to Fabrication Workstations

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This extended workshop will combine education on lean concepts for fabrication with a hands-on design build for fabrication operations specific to each trade.  Led by Carrie Struss and Alan Gasvoda, Lean Leaders for Milwaukee Tool, the session will begin by understanding how lean concepts can be applied to fabrication across the MEP trades. Attendees will learn by doing as they break up into groups to apply the concepts into designs for each trade – electrical, sheet metal, plumbing and mechanical.

The breakouts will allow attendees to think about process, position, material flow and workspace in an effort to minimize all extra movement, motion and wasted time.  In the process, each breakout will come up with a design concept of how to maximize efficiency at each station to share with the group and generate ideas that they can take back and apply to their own shops.


  • Carrie Struss

    Milwaukee Tool

    Carrie started her career in the Automotive Industry and has spent over 15 years in manufacturing roles including Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Management, and Lean/Six Sigma. She joined Milwaukee Tool in 2014 at one of their manufacturing sites and spearheaded cost savings through flow and Lean concepts. Since then, she has taken on increased responsibility and is now in the transactional space of the corporate office, Service and Distribution. She has a passion for process improvement while working with all functions of the business to drive value by leveraging the powerful combination of people, process, and technology. Outside of work she enjoys running 5K & 10K races and cheering on her two boys at baseball, rock climbing, or track.

  • Alan Gasvoda

    Alan Gasvoda

    Milwaukee Tool

    Alan Gasvoda is an experienced people-centric lean leader that builds high-performing teams by clarifying and aligning purpose, engaging people, and developing their CI mindset in order to deliver amazing results. He has served in senior-level roles in Continuous Improvement, Human Resources, and Quality.