Sunday, November 21, 2010

Research Contributors – Sonora & Sinaloa, MEXICO.

Queso Las Granjas (Farms of Cheese) -Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

A family owned business, over 20 years supplying the local market with fresh quality cheeses. A compact and functional operation, the business relies on its reputation for service and quality. Customers can show up at the shop or have fresh cheeses delivered right to their door ready for the morning quesadillas.

Pettibon System Inc. - Gig Harbor, Washington, USA via Mazatlan, Mexico.
The Pettibon System - proven spine and posture correction
Medical equipment, training and services supported by 40 years of work have resulted in high levels of innovation, research and advancements to the medical practice. Mr. Pettibon is a pioneer in his field and contributes regularly to research and development of life improving products with a holistic approach.

Los Osuna (Destilado de Agave “Tequila”) - La Noria, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Technically “Tequila” can only come from the state of Jalisco and so we call everything else “Distilled Agave”. The tequila manufacturer has been producing a quality product for over 100 years and in 2009 won World Awards for three of its product lines. Sampling both the blue agave cooked and as a finished product is a remarkable experience and the suave texture of this sipping drink explains its award status well. This company is well placed to start expanding into international markets where the demand for quality and product design are key.

Grupo Modelo (Pacifico National Brewer) - Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

This brewery was started in the early 1900 by German immigrants and is now a major producer of the Pacifico brand of beer. A light, high quality beer meeting all ISO 9001/14001 standards makes this plant very attractive and advanced in its manufacturing processes. The Beer Master (Maestro Cervecero) explained some of the lean techniques being employed as would be expected of an organization of this calibre.

Looney Bean (Not-For-Profit) - Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

A young company started with the intent to help others is currently undergoing lean concepts and business improvements. This is a fresh roasted café using fair trade, domestic coffee beans with a focus on the customer experience and product design.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Research Contributors - USA

ACIPCO (American Cast Iron Pipe Company) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

A family owned business focussed on the golden rule, employs almost 2000 people. A tour of the facility shows a lot of potential and a good team of managers and employees sharing a common interest. One of four pipe manufacturers in the country, ACIPCO is a leader in supplying large pipe and a complete package of products for many municipalities working on large scale infrastructure projects.

Motus Motorcycles - Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Nearly complete this impressive American made sport touring machine will be on the market soon. The dynamic team of developers has got a real shot at making Americas first real sport tour bike. Transitioning from design to manufacturing will be an important effort that these good folks will handle well. Good luck team Motus, I look forward to riding one of your machines!