Who we are?

Just-in-time Enterprise Institute (JEI) offers hands-on transformation support which will assist your organization in successfully transforming to lean principles and operations. Our seasoned Coaches learned lean from Toyota, its partner, the University of Kentucky, and through hands-on shop floor manufacturing engineering and production operations, not professional consulting. This in-depth understanding of the Toyota Production System (TPS) allows us to provide exceptionally comprehensive and effective, real world lean training and hands-on system flow and shop floor transformation assistance.

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We effectively teach you Toyota's lean principles and techniques, then assist you as you apply these tools to make fundamental improvements in flow, quality, productivity, workforce flexibility, process stability, inventory and lead time reductions, and enhancements in on-time delivery and profitability. Along the transformation path, your workforce will become knowledgeable empowered partners and will develop into proficient successful flow and process kaizen teams. Through our direct experience in managing successful lean transformations, our Coaches provide both fundamental and advanced lean process training and practical guidance. This approach supports your key managers in quickly taking over the reins and guiding your organization through the necessary steps to full lean transformation.

Our Executive Director

Our Executive Director, Jim Price Jim Price gained his credentials in global logistics operations while serving for a period of over twenty years as a logistics officer and defense industrial operations commander within the US Army. During his military service, Jim commanded maintenance, supply, transportation, and defense industrial organizations within numerous nations and directed logistics operations between multiple countries during both peace and war.

Jim gained his credentials in just-in-time manufacturing processes while serving as General Manager over Ryder Integrated Logistics' Toyota North America team. His Toyota team was responsible for directing and executing the in-bound assembly parts logistics processes and yard operations for the Toyota plants in Georgetown, Kentucky and, on a reduced scale, Toyota's NUMMI plant in Freemont, California. There he helped design and manage extensions of the Toyota Production System out to Toyota's parts supplier base through just-in-time over-the-road truck and material handling logistics processes.

Jim has served as Plant Manager over two large scale highway tractor & trailer remanufacturing plants, a steel crankshaft forging company, and as Director of Operations over a hydraulic and pneumatic drive control machining and assembly manufacturer. Within two of these operations, he successfully transformed a significant portion of the operations to function within the principles of lean manufacturing and implemented kanban pull systems to manage both material and work-in-process (WIP) flows. Additionally, as Director of Logistics and Production Control, Jim both designed and successfully managed the transformation of an international scope forklift assembly plant to the cultural of lean manufacturing and just-in-time logistics.

As a faculty member of the College of Engineering of the University of Kentucky from 2001 through late 2008, Jim created an effective on-campus Lean Boot Camp Program and an industry (i.e., extension) focused lean transformation support program that has helped hundreds of companies kick-start their lean transformation journey. His four to five day on-site value stream flow kaizens have included; manufacturing work-in-process (WIP) and materials flow kaizens, complete enterprise customer order flow kaizens, visual production control, business administrative processes, new product design, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), supply chain and distribution channel logistics, and supply fulfillment value stream flow kaizen workshops.

Jim has served for the past three years as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Region of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Kentucky based Just-in-time Enterprise Institute (JEI).

Jim's technical credentials include a Master of Science degree in Operations Research and Systems Engineering, has completed all but his thesis for a second master's degree in Lean Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Kentucky, and is certified through UK's lean manufacturing certification program. Additionally, Jim served as a Research Fellow with the Rand Corporation where he studied and practiced strategic industrial operations analysis.