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Monday, March 8, 2010

Greenbelt in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Our ever popular Greenbelt program, now in its 8th year, is growing! In addition to offering the program here in our hometown, it is also being delivered in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and now Tulsa!

It may seem unusual to select Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the location for our first US "public" Greenbelt (we have done private Greenbelt programs in various parts of the US in the past), but there is a simple reason for our choice – a nucleus of lean energy in Tulsa, thanks to the passion ignited by a small company called Tulsa Tube Bending. Headed by Brad Frank, Tulsa Tube Bending has turned this city into a lean mecca.

With a drive to succeed and develop people, Brad has rewritten the history books when it comes to the best way to navigate through the lean journey. Perhaps one of the most impressive lean companies I have ever seen - regardless of the size - Tulsa Tube Tubing helped convince us that Tulsa is where our first US Greenbelt should be launched.

Thanks to the vision of Brad Frank and his long-time mission to get Greenbelt kicked off in his hometown, this dream became a reality last week.

Andrew McFadyen, our executive coach, did a superb job to launch this milestone Greenbelt. “A tough week, but great people and great teams", says Andrew.  A big thank you goes out to Tulsa Tube Tubing (especially Brad), to everyone who joined our inaugural US Greenbelt, to our LSI staff who supported it, and to Andrew for making the first module so successful.

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