Training Outreach

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Sponsored by: IPFW Training Outreach, IPFW Systems Engineering, and Purdue TAP/MEP

What is it?

The Northeast Indiana Advanced Manufacturing Network – a.k.a. The Lean Network – is a group made up of manufacturing leaders who come together to discuss the latest trends in advanced manufacturing, and share their successes to help advance the competitive strength of their companies, as well as those of the whole region.

What does the Lean Network do?

Regularly scheduled meetings around the area offer discussion topics driven by the needs of the Network, as well as networking opportunities. In addition, activities include plant tours, presentations on hot topics, demonstrations, panel discussions, and much more.

How do I join?

Just register for one of our scheduled meetings or events, email a sponsor, or contact Melissa Kurten, Joe Sepkovich, Dr. David Cochran or Dietra Rosenkoetter.

Upcoming meetings and events

The NE Indiana Lean Network is on summer break. Programs will resume in September. We are currently looking for new members and members wanting to serve on the advisory committee. The next advisory Committee meeting will be scheduled for mid-August and can be attended in person or by calling in. We are especially looking for additional advisory members from the Warsaw area.

In addition, we are looking for companies willing to provide a tour of their facility. These tours generally last 2 hours with an introductory program included. The company being toured sets the limits on the number of attendees and has the opportunity to review the list in advance to identify any confidentiality conflicts. Feedback by participants is provided to the company after the tour.

Also, we are looking for program ideas. Generally we set aside 2 hours for presentations on campus every other month. The length is flexible if necessary. A couple of suggestions so far include presentations by companies using new technology to eliminate waste and including more interactive meetings to foster networking.

If you would like to be considered for the advisory committee, suggest a new member, volunteer to provide a tour, propose a topic or have any other suggestions please email or call Joe Sepkovich, Senior Research Associate, at or 260-445-8798.

Have an idea?

If you would like to be considered for the advisory committee, suggest a new member, volunteer to provide a tour, propose a topic or have any other suggestions please email Melissa Kurten, Director of Training Outreach or Joe Sepkovich, Systems Engineering--Senior Research Associate.

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Training Programs in Lean Manufacturing:

Lean Links

Reference Documents and Presentations

Additional Links

Contact Information

Questions or to have your name added to the Network, please contact:

Melissa Kurten


or email