Benchmarking plant tours: IDEXX & Jotul

May 8, 2018 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Non-Member Fee: $129
Student Member Fee: $49
Member Fee: $99


One IDEXX Drive
Westbrook, Maine

Tour two companies that are demonstrating how to deploy and sustain lean and enterprise excellence at their sites! In just one day, see lean practices in action on the shop floor at IDEXX and Jotul. At IDEXX, see how engaged teams work in a continuous improvement culture both on the manufacturing floor as well as in administrative areas. Voted one of the 'Best Places to Work' in Maine in three different years and recognized by the hearth products industry for lean manufacturing excellence, Jotul maintains a strong improvement focus. On this tour, see products flowing through assembly/paint/packing one by one, strong internal and external pull systems, visual scheduling and a continuous improvement idea system that brings out the creativity of the Jotul workforce.


IDEXX manufactures diagnostic tests and instruments for use in veterinarian clinics, livestock, poultry and dairy producers (LPD), and reference labs throughout the world. IDEXX is a $1.8 billion global organization employing more 7000 people.


Established in 1853 and headquartered in Norway, Jøtul is the world’s leading manufacturer of cast iron stoves and fireplaces, with subsidiaries in the U.S., France, Denmark, United Kingdom and Poland. Jotul boasts a culture that encourages promotion from within and formalizes employee development, cross-training and working as part of a team. The Jøtul Idea System was recently the subject of a study mission with Alan Robinson, author of "Ideas Are Free." Jotul is currently working with Toyota (TSSC) to take their operational excellence to the next level.

Both organizations: No open-toed shoes permitted
Safety glasses required & will be provided, glasses will require side shields; ear plugs provided if needed


AM tour at Idexx:
9:00 a.m.   -   9:30 a.m.  Welcome & introduction at IDEXX
9:30 a.m.   – 11:30 a.m.  Tour
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Q&A / feedback for host
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch at IDEXX

PM tour at Jotul: 
1:00 p.m.   –  1:30 p.m.   Welcome & introduction at Jotul
1:30 p.m.   –  3:30 p.m.   Tour 
3:30 p.m.   –  4:00 p.m.   Q&A / feedback for host
4:00 p.m.                         Adjourn

Times at approximate and may vary based on host's business needs.

  • Learn how to change your organization's culture and accelerate your lean journey by engaging the front line in talking about their processes, identifying improvement opportunities and implementing small incremental improvements in their own areas.
  • Gain insights on how your failures and wins can be used in their own operations.
  • See lean adopted in two different businesses in just one day. 
  • Meet other similar-minded professionals in your area of expertise and develop contacts for benchmarking and best practice sharing.
  • Anyone new to the lean journey
  • Manufacturing professionals
  • CI personnel
  • CI managers
  • Operations managers
  • Lean practitioners
  • Operational excellence professionals

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award-winning Target magazine and much more.

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Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $150 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

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