Mr. Staub, tear down this wall!
Ok, so it wasn’t quite as dramatic as Reagan’s speech. And it wasn’t nearly as emotional or monumental. But when Tony decided to demolish a wall in our Lake Street facility, a very strong statement was made.
When Staub Machine expanded to the other side of our current building, we did so through a doorway. The wall that the door led through presented a barrier. Since expanding to the other side of that wall in the late 1990s, the shop has been separated into Side A and Side B. Side A is the original shop, and has been the base of our Turning Center operations. Side B makes up a larger area, and is the location of two Linear Pallet Pools and machining centers. Side B is also where all finishing, deburring, washing, packaging, and receiving takes place.
The doorway separating the two departments, Turning Centers from Machining Centers, has been a high-traffic area since it was opened. By opening the wall up, traffic will be eased and material transportation will be simpler. That isn’t the reason that Tony sought to tear down the wall. He did it in the name of unity.
As Staub is growing and evolving, we recognize that we must do so together. Employee involvement and participation are more important to us than ever. We want the company to move forward as a whole, not as a set of departments.
Part of the symbolism of the wall removal is to open up lines of communication. Each department can see what is happening in the other, and is encouraged to cross the boundary to work together. Problems don’t just exist in one department, problems exist in the company. Solving a problem on a machining center benefits the whole company, not just that operator or department.
The wall removal also represents the change that is always happening at Staub. We embrace change, and when we see an opportunity for improvement we act. As the first blog post of the new year, we believe that it will be the first of many changes and improvements that we’ll be announcing.
While it will take some time to bear fruit, this effort cannot be overlooked (seriously – half of the wall is gone, you can’t miss it!). It is obvious to all of us that this company’s priority is to unify our operations and foster togetherness. There is no more Side A and no more Side B. In fact, plans are already beginning to tear down another section of the wall. If only we could dig a tunnel to Grimsby Drive!