Intermediate level

Power Partners, Inc.

See how a high volume, high mix factory has implemented lean principles in a site originally designed for batch-based mass production. You’ll see a variety of visual tools in action, including gemba boards, digital pace boards, various kanban systems and more. The tour will also include case studies where continuous improvement tools like value stream mapping, kaizen blitzes, just-in-time techniques and some unique scheduling tools have been used to drastically reduce lead time, floor space, WIP and raw material inventories. Most importantly, you will witness an ever-evolving team work culture and see lean transformation in action.

About Power Partners, Inc.

Power Partners is a manufacturer of overhead distribution transformers, serving utility, industrial and commercial customers in North America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and other markets. The company's Atlanta, Ga. factory was built by Westinghouse in 1958, sold to ABB in 1990, purchased by private investors in 2003 and finally by Open Gate Global in 2016. The organization has been on a lean journey since the 2003 purchase, and this journey continues today.

Its production ranges from engineered-to-order one-off units to maintaining kanban levels of high-volume units at customers’ sites. Adding to the challenge of producing about 3,000 unique finished goods SKUs annually, the company must continue to find ways to be cost-competitive in a commodity-dependent industry while responding to customer emergencies within hours when natural disasters strike. It is a union facility and successfully maintains a partnership type of relationship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Athens Westinghouse Employees Association (AWEA). Learn more at

Please note: Safety glasses and hearing protection will be provided by the host company. See additional safety requirements below.


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Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • Hearing protection
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Other: See tour description
  • Safety glasses