your company declares WAR there are many battles to be ^ won
and many new fronts to be opened. The momentum that can propel your
army forward many times comes from celebrating your hard won
success. At the Andersen Corporation, a recognized leader in the
production of residential window and patio doors, we have won many
battles and continue to fight for improvement and change on many
fronts. Our story is a clear., demonstration of using the levers of
change, tapping sources of , energy and using a change strategy in a
combination unique to our company to create a competitive advantage.
As part of the process, during the smoke and fury of the fight, we
have developed a culture of change.
I am a
Vietnam combat veteran, and I know what it is like to go to war.
Although the comparison between war and business is a tough one, it
is an appropriate one. We need to change from the old paradigm
positions that cause corporations to become complacent and that
catch them unprepared. The competitive threat we face head on is
seldom the one that is going to get us. As manufacturing companies,
we also need to be concerned about our flanks. We need to watch for
those issues that many large organizations typically ignore. Big
organizations find it difficult to cope with change. It was this
recognition that fostered all the change in our company to the focus
factory concept. By finding and implementing ways to stay small, you
and decision making. The difference between success or failure is
not only making the right moves toward meeting the challenge offered
by our competition, but also the challenge offered by our own
companies. Walt Kelly's comic strip Pogo stated, "We have met
the enemy, and he is us." I found that I needed to call on the
same set of resources on our major initiative of continuous flow
manufacturing that I did in real combat.
Andersen Corporation was founded by a Danish immigrant in 1903. The
Company is privately owned and we pride ourselves in fair dealings
with people as well as manufacturing quality window and patio door
products that have become the standard of comparison in the
industry. Andersen is the largest manufacturer of wood windows in
Company is located on 100 acres of land on the St. Croix River in
Bayport, Minnesota. The manufacturing is a single site operation
devoted exclusively to producing windows and patio doors. It has
been the company home for 79 of 89 years of operation. The
plant is 2.7 million square feet under one roof that equates
to 62 acres or more than six stadiums the size of the Minneapolis
main product lines include over 1,500 stock sizes and 12,000 varied
options with accessories and replacement items that make up over
39,000 items offered for sale. Product is primarily assembled to
stock based on actual customer orders. The make-to-order business is
about 15% of volume and growing. The main lines of casement,
double-hung and patio door products constitute 90% of the business.
A network of 118 independent distributors handled orders for
approximately 5 million windows and patio doors in 1992.
the key distinctive competencies of Andersen is the ability to
utilize resources to efficiently mass produce high quality standard
products in high volumes. These high volumes allow the mass
production methods to produce repeatable quality at low cost. While
waging the battles focused on flexibility and reduced lot sizes,
this ability to achieve efficiency is a historical competence too
precious to sacrifice. Another key is the Andersen quality
definition of "different and better." This Quality
philosophy affects our entire corporation; the people, the
products and the programs.
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