Articles by SCMFG/Staff

What is the one thing that inhibits a manufacturer’s ability to make money?

All for-profit businesses exist to make money.  Manufacturers do this by producing and selling a product.  What is the one thing that inhibits a manufacturer’s ability to make money? The answer is variation.  Variation negatively impacts a manufacturer’s business results whether it relates to safety, reliability, quality,…


Life Lesson #2 – Take Care of Everyone

KTM Solutions celebrated 15 years in business on April 21, 2020. Although COVID impacted our celebration plans, this milestone gave me pause to reflect on 15 years in business and the life lessons learned. I would like to continue to share those with you as maybe they…



GADC: Greenville County Adding First Major “Class A” Business Park in Over a Decade

Virtual Annual Meeting “Draws” Hundreds GREENVILLE, S.C. – June 16, 2020 – The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), charged with promoting and enhancing quality of life in Greenville County by facilitating job growth and investment, today announced a positive economic outlook accented by the addition of Fox Hill Business Park in Fountain Inn — the […]


Looking for a “Silver Bullet” with 5S

Your plant manager goes on a benchmarking trip.  “I saw some great practices and a presentation on Lean.  I would like to deploy 5S throughout the plant.  It will help us improve safety, quality, and productivity.  Go make it happen.” You begin to do your homework.  You…


Successful businesses do “what they have to do”

Successful businesses do “what they have to do.”  One thing they “have to do” is remain properly positioned in their clients’ mind. It’s hard to talk, write or think about any business topic without filtering it through the temporarily ever-present “pandemic.”  Collectively, we hear about and applaud…


THE LANDSCAPE OF TODAY’S WORKFORCE

As employers face the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Human Resource and Talent Acquisition efforts are being scrutinized in ways like never before. Now, more than ever, we need to evaluate the landscape of our workforce and consider making changes and adjustments that will encourage culture strength, internal growth,…



1 awesome simple bag versus 1 tough virus

Who would have imagined a simple single use plastic grocery bag playing a possible role in helping to squash the number of people getting infected with the COVID19 virus? When the virus first raised its ugly head on Dec. 31, 2019, while everyone was preparing to welcome…


Five Lean Principles That Will Help Companies Through the Covid-19 Crisis

I am frequently asked by business leaders, owners, and manufacturers, what are the best ways to improve business results.  Whether in times of crisis or times of growth, the answer often lies in the application of the fundamental principles of Lean. There are five principles of Lean…