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Wed, Apr 24


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The Gorbel® Destuff-it® Implementation Project

How an extraordinary team achieved manufacturing startup in six months - and won a Platinum Award

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The Gorbel® Destuff-it® Implementation Project
The Gorbel® Destuff-it® Implementation Project

Time & Location

Apr 24, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Zoom meeting

About the Event

About the program

At the beginning of the pandemic, Gorbel®, like many other companies, was impacted by a reduction of our customer orders and was challenged with many supply chain complications. Our Executive Leadership Team believed it was critical to introduce new work into our business to minimize the impact on revenue and employee staffing. We engaged a Canadian partner for contract work but after several hours of discussion it was decided that, instead, Gorbel would purchase the company and bring the manufacture of one of our products into a new local facility.  The prohibition of travel across the border limited our ability to obtain the required product and process knowledge from their site. We had to think creatively to get this work accomplished. This is our story…

Learn how Gorbel started up a brand new manufacturing facility and achieved first production of their DT conveyor system in just six months.   The team that achieved this amazing milestone won the George K Hansen Platinum Award at the 2023 Performance Excellence Awards.

About our speaker

Franklin Allen – Director of Quality & Continuous Improvement at Gorbel® Inc – Franklin has over 20 years of experience in Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Project Management. He has held positions at Rochester Regional Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, and the Eastman Kodak Company.  He led several lean and quality initiatives throughout his career, including the Reduction of Length of Stay in the Emergency Department, increased reliability of the Kodak SM product in Japan, and the accreditation of healthcare facilities to DNV. In his current position, Franklin ensures that Gorbel’s customers receive products or services that meet high standards of quality along with championing a culture of continuous improvement. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, and a Toyota Kata Practitioner.


Date:  Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location:  Zoom

Cost:  Free to GRQC members and non-members

Registration:  Click below to register.  You will receive an email with a link to the Zoom registration page for the event.

If you require special accommodation to attend this program, please contact us before April 15.

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Greater Rochester Quality Council events, programs and initiatives are supported in part by the Greater Rochester Chamber Foundation.

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