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Giromini in 2002 that has helped it
to remain efficient even as production
grows. The Lafayette plant, for example, has five major trailer and truck
body assembly lines.
Instead of manufacturing the parts for
assembly at other facilities and then
shipping them to Lafayette, Wabash
National uses decoupled lineside subEarthwise Plastics, Inc. of Marion Indiana, is an in-

novative company manufacturing high quality synthetic lumber at affordable prices. Enduring relationships
with our clients reflect our commitment to integrity,
outstanding customer service and quality. Since June
2010, Earthwise has supplied all of Wabash National's
extruded HDPE parts used on refrigerated trailers,
replacing wood parts, and have been recognized by Wabash as an outstanding supplier. We use 97% recycled
plastic in all of our products, which can be used for
outdoor furniture, landscaping, pallets, scuff liners, and
varied filler profiles for the trailer industry. We have an
in-house engineer who works with OEM engineers for
new profile development.

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assemblies to produce components
alongside, but independent from the
trailers. It's a highly complex manufacturing system, but one that allows
Wabash National to better meet carriers' custom specification while maintaining production speed. "We utilize
a very lean line strategy map to minimize work-in-process and drive overall manufacturing system responsiveness," Yeagy explains.
Wabash National continues to refine its lean manufacturing processes
through employee engagement and
support for continuous improvement.
"We have a highly aggressive kaizen
event process that includes all associates," Yeagy says. The continuous
improvement initiative has yielded
results for the company. In 2015, the

Lafayette plant increased its total
throughput by more than 20 percent
while maintaining in excess of 98.8
percent schedule of attainment - all


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