MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Foundations of Lean Certification


Date(s) - April 13th, 2021 - May 12th, 2021
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Manufacturers Resource Center

Foundations of Lean Certification (Class is filled, but seats are available in our Fall Foundations of Lean Certification class.  Please contact Diane Lewis at
(610) 628-4578 or if you wish to be on our wait list.

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

2021 Spring Schedule
 Week 1: April 13 – 14, 2021
 Week 2: April 27 – 28, 2021
 Week 3: May 11 – 12, 2021
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Early registration by March 1, 2021

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 March 1, 2021
Includes materials, light breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages

Contact Liz Wildman at or (484) 241-7057 for questions or if interested in hosting opportunities 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

Michael J. Withka
Mike joined MRC in 2001 as a Lean Manufacturing Consultant and currently oversees the MRC’s Lean Enterprise Program. Mike has over 20 years of manufacturing experience within various industries including roles as operations director, manager, supervisor, production engineer and internal consultant. Mike’s areas of focus include production system design, strategic lean transformations, team coaching, leadership, mentoring, training program design, and training workshop facilitator. Mike is certified as a Greenbelt through the Institute of Industrial Engineers and as a Professional Trainer through Langevin Training Services. Mike also has earned an A.S. degree in Engineering Science at Middlesex County Community College in Edison, New Jersey and both B.S. and M.S degrees in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. Mike earned his M.B.A. at DeSales University in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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.

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.