Geater Used a Lean Journey to Help Them Grow from 10M to 45M

One of the key elements on my American Lean Weekday podcast is the weekly interviews that I conduct with companies on their Lean Journey.  These companies are from various industries and are all different sizes.  I have interviewed leaders from family-owned businesses to multi-national organizations.  This podcast can be found here.


Geater Machining and Manufacturing

is a machine shop with sheet metal capabilities and primarily supports the Aerospace and Defense industry.  Established in 1962 and in Independence Iowa they have grown from roughly 50 employees in 2008 to 430 in 2019 and have used a Lean journey to increase revenues from $10 to $45 million in that time.

These are some key points taken from my interview with the CEO of Geater Machining, Joe Meier.

  1. You have to go all in. You need to support it from the top.” Joe Meier mentioned.

  2. We trained everybody in the shop this time around.”

  3. We needed to bring someone in from the outside to help us sustain our effort. It needs to become part of your culture.”

  4. We’ve been able to increase sales, increase our profitability without adding heads.

  5. “We’ve seen a reduction in lead time, an increase in quality, shop cleanliness and a reduction in our changeover times.”

As always, it is an honor to serve you and I hope that you and your company are getting better every day!

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