O-22. The use of Kaizens as a method for continuous improvement in a unionized 108 year old regional brewery: Framework and real results from The Lion Brewery, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Presenter: Leo Orlandini, The Lion Brewery Inc., Wilkes Barre, PA

Kaizen process improvement and problem abatement strategy that is in place in one of the most traditional unionized breweries around is discussed. The Lion Brewery will share its story of the successful implementation of Kaizen lean manufacturing principles.

Leo Orlandini is currently the master brewer and director of operations at The Lion Brewery, where he has 25 years of brewing management experience. The Lion Brewery is a 108 year old regional brewery located in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Leo received his B.S. degree in biology from Wilkes College in 1983 and began his career with The Lion in 1988 as a quality assurance technician. He was promoted to quality assurance manager in 1990. He attended the Siebel Institute of Technology in 1991 and received his diploma in brewing sciences. In 1999, Leo was named the inaugural Mid-Size Brewmaster of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.

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