This is Evan saying hey from the Baldwinsville, NY Brewery where we received a total of 122in of snow this winter! It looks like we are not quite out of the woods yet, but things are definitely starting to look up.
Posting up with friends and a Bucket of Bud Light after finishing the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day 5k. It was a ton of fun, but definitely no Half-Marathon (Congrats Ashley, Alec, Alaina, and Sarah!)
My project here in Baldwinsville, focused on improving the volume throughput from our variety pack line, is moving along nicely. I am in the middle of a PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act), a problem solving tool used to identify performance or cost gaps and take corrective action to close them. I am also building and implementing tools identified by our plant management strategy, VPO (Voyager Plant Optimization). So far I have worked with the line operators to build a business description, which identifies the goals and products of the line and identifies its internal and external customers, and a process map which breaks down the line into the individual tasks performed, identifying the ones which are most critical. These tools are important because they organize and manage the variety packing process and identify the behaviors and methods that lead to improvement. It has been a long process, but we are starting to see some great results. Last week we posted a single day line record for 12pks. And because this is the only variety pack line in the Global ABI Brewery System, I guess it is a world record!
Aside from work I have taken a couple of great trips recently. For St. Patrick’s Day I traveled to Boston to participate in the Boys and Girls Club of South Boston St. Patrick’s 5k and then watch the historic South Boston Parade. Last weekend I stayed with friends in New York City and enjoyed two perfect, sunny and 70° days in Central Park as well as some sightseeing and of course Bud drinking in the West Village. As things start to warm up around here I look forward to experiencing some of the great natural beauty that Baldwinsville and Syracuse have to offer. Only 6 more weeks to soak it all up!
Taking some time to thaw out in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow this last weekend