MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Foundations of Lean Certification


Date(s) - May 25th, 2022
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Manufacturers Resource Center

Foundations of Lean Certification

“Without standards, there can be no improvement.”
-Taiichi Ohno, Toyota

2022 Spring Schedule*

  • Week 1: Wednesday & Thursday, May 25-26, 2022
  • Week 2: Wednesday & Thursday, June 8-9 2022
  • Week 3: Wednesday & Thursday, June 15-16, 2022
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

*Early registration date April  13, 2022

Lean Master Certification







As the foundation of a Lean Enterprise, standardization sets expectations for process performance and provides the basis for problem‐solving and continuous improvement. In Foundations of Lean Certification, participants will learn how to:

  • Evaluate manufacturing processes to identify waste elimination opportunities
  • Create standards to reduce process instability
  • Generate one‐way Job Methods to improve process consistency
  • Create Job Breakdowns to standardize Job Instruction
  • Install process checks to sustain process performance

This program features blended‐learning through a mix of classroom instruction and hands‐on experimentation in MRC’s Lean Enterprise Works (LEW) factory simulation. Upon completion of all course work and a passing grade in a Body of Knowledge Test, participants are “Foundations of Lean” certified by MRC.

Recommended for:

  • CI Specialists
  • Supervisors
  • Operators
  • Technicians
  • Support Staff
  • Office Staff

Cost: $1895/person | $1695/person for early registration by April 13, 2022  Includes materials, light breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages

Contact Liz Wildman at or (484) 241-7057 for questions or if you are interested in hosting this event at your manufacturing facility.

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Mike Withka – Senior Strategy Manager/ Lean Coach
Gene Kaschak, Strategy Manager/Lean Coach
Manufacturers Resource Center
7200A Windsor Drive
Allentown, PA 18106


Gene Kaschak Photo, Lean Strategy Manager at MRC

Gene Kaschak:  Gene has been a Lean Coach with MRC since 2014, bringing with him a diverse background in product development, manufacturing engineering, maintenance leadership, information technology, and continuous improvement facilitation. With experience in the consumer electronics industry, Gene approaches all his projects with a strong customer-focused perspective. His history of leading organizational change management activities and developing training programs further illustrates his versatility. Gene earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a certificate in Leadership and Business Management from the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College.




Wendy Beltzner Photo

Wendy Beltzner: Wendy worked as an adjunct instructor in the Leadership and Workforce Development Department at Lehigh Carbon Community College for the last 25 years specializing in leadership and customer service training. Wendy is also an entrepreneur, creating, owning and operating an educational children’s museum for 4 years and co-owning an ice cream retail and wholesale business with her husband for the last 30 years.  Wendy earned her B.S. degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts University.  She earned her TWI Job Instruction Training Certification from the TWI Institute and is a member of ATD (Association of Talent Development).

Wendy’s passion is making a difference in the lives of others and the secret to her success is her ability to understand the needs of others and meet them in a creative form of edutainment.

Note: All registration fees must be received in advance of the date of your event. Also, MRC must be notified two weeks in advance of this event if you need to cancel, otherwise we can only grant a credit to another MRC event.  Remember, you can also send a substitute.


Registrations are closed for this event.