Delta Faucet Co. hosted a Grand Kaizen program for parent company Masco Corp. in May at its Jackson, Tenn., manufacturing and distribution site. Kaizen, from the Japanese word that means “good change,” is a collaborative exercise used to make immediate improvements to productivity, cost and overall effectiveness. Masco developed the idea of the “Grand Kaizen” for its managers. As part of its ongoing continuous improvement program, Delta Faucet holds about 90 regular Kaizen events per year in its domestic manufacturing plants.

For the first time, international representatives from Delta Canada and Delta's Panyu, China plant participated along with nine other Masco companies including Alsons, Aqua Glass, Behr Process Corp., BrassCraft, Brasstech, Cobra Products, Gamco Products and Morgantown Plastics. Two suppliers, Lewisburg Container and Olin Brass, also attended.