Recently, CCEDC was asked by our economic partner UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (hereafter MOC), to help promote their Lean Certification Training Program. In today’s workplace CCEDC understands that Lean Certifications can open up many employee opportunities, position the employee for possible promotions, help the employee better understand a production process within a business, and improve organizational operations by eliminating non-value-added steps (wastes) in processes.

Drylock Technologies in Eau Claire, Wisconsin continued on their Lean journey by participating with the MOC by hosting this high impact Lean Certification Training Series. Over fifteen employees from Drylock Technologies and other advanced manufacturers from and around Chippewa County are participating in the class. To further build the talent pipeline in Chippewa County the MOC, CCEDC, and Drylock Technologies reached out to the Chippewa Falls High School to include Jon Hiebl, the Technology Education Instructor and his student Carter Holm to participate in the training.

As part of this program all participants will create a project charter, utilize Lean tools, and compile data where necessary to identify and eliminate/ reduce wastes. When the training series is complete on May 12, 2020 the class will give presentations to Drylock Technology, CCEDC, and other manufacturing leaders that highlight improvements.   Participants will receive a Certification of Completion by participating in the class and demonstrating the benefits of incorporating Lean in their facilities.  The rest of the classes in the series will be March 10, 17, 24, 31 at Drylock Technologies-with graduation on May 12, 2020.  All participants were also invited to sign-up for an educational class to prepare them for obtaining a Society of Manufacturing (SME) Bronze Lean certificate.

In the picture above Bob Oliver, Business Development and Growth Advisor UW-Stout MOC and Charlie Walker CEO/President of Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation along with Dry lock Technologies welcomed Jon Hieble, Technology Educational Instructor along with Chippewa Falls, student Carter Holm. Instructors Jeff Carr and Ted Theyerl are standing in the background.  To learn more and start a conversation on lean improvement, contact Bob Oliver  at and to get more involved in our local economic development program contact Charlie Walker at