Operational Excellence (OE) is a business improvement process that focuses on team-based problem-solving and process improvement, leading to meaningful results, including a safer, more efficient workplace. To date, more than 200 employees from the corporate office, Moa, Fort Saskatchewan and Ambatovy have participated in OE events, including 50 project teams focusing on areas such as logistics, maintenance and production.
In 2018, the OE program within Fort Saskatchewan’s Metal Division expanded to include a Lean Belt component. The Lean Belt program focuses on developing easy-to-use continuous improvement tools and putting those tools in the hands of employees. The tools are accompanied by leadership development support, coaching, visual management, and improvement routines designed to sustain improvements and create a stronger culture of continuous improvement. Lean Belt approaches are being applied to projects in Supply Chain Management that will improve our ability to maximize strategic sourcing opportunities, allow better optimization of our inventories and result in improved reliability and maintenance strategies.