Value Stream 1 Engaged People

People are not afraid of change, they are afraid of uncertainty


Tools to remove uncertainty and build an environment that promotes engagement

Engagement takes teamwork. See how Legos are used to help remove uncertainty and how employees, when empowered and engaged in what they do, are driving change forward.


Sur-Seal is an in-process facility that spent the last eight years changing over from a job shop to cellular manufacturing. In this session, you will be introduced to the tools and processes that have been incorporated into everyday activities companywide to remove uncertainty and build an environment that promotes engagement. Sur-Seal is known for the scale model of the plant built out of Legos.


Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sur-Seal is a privately held, family-owned U.S. company. It is a leading provider of high-quality engineered gaskets, seals and rubber-related parts for the HVAC, lighting, medical and electronics industries. In 2012, Sur-Seal was the recipient of the AME Manufacturing Excellence Award.

Speaker: Mick Wilz

Mick Wilz is a 22-year veteran of all aspects of manufacturing, from production management, lean process development and enterprise excellence to everything in between. As co-owner of Sur-Seal Corporation, he began his journey to personal and business excellence by actively seeking a variety of tools to meet his needs and the needs of the business. Wilz has developed a unique 20-Step Program. His interest is to take tribal knowledge and make it visual and accessible to everyone. He is widely known for his use of Legos to create a hands-on visual model of Sur-Seal to aid in the transition of the production floor.