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Mission to Minnesota

Published by CME Manitoba

August 24, 2017

Join us on a best practice tour of Minnesota’s leading manufacturers and distributors.

Digi-Key | 701 Brooks Ave. South, Thief River Falls, MN, USA,

Digi-Key is one of the world's fastest growing electronic component distributors. In its first ten years, marketing efforts focused on the electronic hobbyist. Then, in 1982, the company began directing catalog mailings to the commercial market. As a result, the commercial user has grown from 20 per cent of total business to more than 98 per cent. In just a few short years, Digi-Key grew from16th to 4th largest (7th largest worldwide) among the more than 300 electronic distributors in North America.

FOCUS: implementation of formal Managing for Daily Improvements (MDI).  Automation of an electronic distribution centre. 

Polaris Ind. | 301 5th Ave. SW, Roseau, MN, USA,

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with 2016 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with its RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles.

FOCUS: Polaris' Leadership Room, Kaizen process, and LEAN principles.  See examples of 5S visual management, kanban and problem solving tools used on the shop floor.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 6:15 AM - 6:30 PM
Cost includes continental breakfast, box lunch, snacks and drinks

PPE: Safety shoes and safety glasses
OTHER: No cameras, cell phones or recording devices on tours. Must have current Canadian Passport.

Lee-Anne Carter, LEAN Coordinator | or 204.500.0044

Download event flyer for full agenda


Registration deadline: Friday, July 21



Additional Information

Location: see details above
Time: 6:15 AM - 6:30 PM
Cost: Member $75 +GST | Non-Member $90 +GST

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