Picture taken by Kim Clark, 2009

Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company Goes Lean and Green

The players:canyon1

  • Washington State Department of Ecology environmental technical assistance experts.
  • Impact Washington Lean experts.
  • Two teams of cabinetry experts from lines at Canyon Creek Cabinet Company.  

The focus:

  • Improving performance of the “Millennia” cabinet line, along with plant-wide milling and cutting operations.
  • Close examination of the finishing department, where products are stained and coated. 
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The project scope:

  • Lean value stream mapping.
  • Three, week-long kaizen (improvement) events to implement Lean and environmental changes.

The results:

  • Reductions in lead times, work-in-process, defects, overproduction, downtime, operator travel time, material loss and damage, hazardous wastes, solid wastes, wastewater discharges, energy consumption and air emissions, especially of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Increases in worker safety, ergonomics, quality, and profit 

Through these Lean and Green improvements implemented from June 2006 to April 2007, Canyon Creek can expect to see cost savings of as much as $1.36 million per year.    
With the anticipated decrease in VOCs, Canyon Creek will also avoid the need to address additional regulatory requirements. 

For more information:

Rob Reuter, Environmental Engineer, rob.reuter@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7086
Tom Boucher, Toxics Reduction Specialist, tom.boucher@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7180
Krassimir Totev, Senior Project Manager, WMS, ktotev@impactwashington.org, 425-754-3087