PALMER — A joint effort between the Institute for Training and Development (ITD), the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, and Sanderson MacLeod, a Palmer-based manufacturer of twisted wire brushes, has created a series of educational events for 20 students from the Salvadoran university Escuela de Comunicación Monica Herrera.
During a week-long visit to Western Mass. by the students and three teachers from the school, there will be various talks and business visits to introduce new and relevant knowledge on marketing, innovation, and other entrepreneurial themes. Included in the curriculum are a tour, panel discussion, and business exercise at Sanderson MacLeod known as Ohno Circles, a session of watching for improvement opportunities developed by Toyota, and also a practice in Lean business practices. Following the factory visit, students will give presentations about what they learned at Sanderson MacLeod, and also when attending a Family Business Center dinner forum, featuring a presentation of the concepts of Entrepreneurial Operating System from the business book Traction.
Sanderson MacLeod was chosen to participate because of its expertise incorporating innovation in business. The company’s commitment to innovation springs from its ongoing process of reducing inefficiency and finding problems to solve. The factory tour and panel discussion was arranged by Ira Bryck, president of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley; he will also moderate the panel. Bryck said he approached Sanderson MacLeod “because of their dedication to quality improvement in all their processes, and their interest in telling their story as a way to inspire companies and entrepreneurs to continuously develop themselves.”