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The Fluent Manufacturing Consortium

The Fluent Manufacturing Consortium is a group of manufacturing firms in eastern Newfoundland & Labrador united in their efforts to make continuous improvement through LEAN manufacturing.

Facilitated by the CME-NL, these manufacturers meet at a peer-to-peer level to learn best practices and leverage learning.

The Fluent Consortium members benefit from group training and consulting in the following areas:

  • Introduction to LEAN
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • 5S & Visual Factory
  • Pull Systems
  • Team Building
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Plant Layout for Flow
  • Set-up Reduction…and other LEAN topics.

A Message from Fluent Chair Sharlene Goobie

LEAN – The Power to Transform Your Business

A LEAN culture empowers people to make a difference. A LEAN culture promotes work procedures that are efficient and productive, and as a result, people enjoy coming to work. LEAN creates solid robust processes that make life easier for everyone.A key concept in LEAN is to build LEAN champions; this will provide the foundation to build a LEAN culture within your organization.  As the internal LEAN champion for my organization I ran five kaizen events. The kaizen events show improvements in employee morale, quality, delivery to customer and a decrease in costs. The employees are very engaged as they see themselves as making changes for the better in the various departments as well as for the company as a whole.My vision as the new chair is to focus on building the leadership and culture within Fluent member companies.  As members of the Fluent, we have a wealth of resources at our fingertips. It is important to promote the utilization of these resources to ensure we are actively engaged in LEAN to better overcome the daily challenges faced by many organizations. At the end of any business day, organizations would want to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible, providing a better quality service to their customers, decreasing costs and increasing safety and employee morale. This is all possible with LEAN!!!

Sharlene Goobie’s Bio


To be a Consortium of independent companies achieving World Class Operations through continuous improvement.


To work collectively and individually in pursuit of LEAN - to improve productivity, profitability, team morale and simplicity.

Fluent Consortium MEMBERS
ACAN Windows Inc. • Browning Harvey Ltd. • Country Ribbon Inc. • Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd. • Genoa Design International Ltd. • Molson Coors Canada • Newfoundland & Labrador Liquor Corporation • Norampac Newfoundland • P.F.Collins • Precision Industries Inc. • Restwell Mattress Ltd. • Scotsburn Ltd. • Smiths Snacks & Services Inc. • Terra Nova Shoes
Member Facilitators Include:
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Newfoundland & Labrador Division • National Research Council: IRAP Atlantic & Nunavut regions • The Department of Innovation, Business & Rural Development • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Interested in forming or joining a continuous improvement group in your area?

Please contact DAVID HAIRE, Vice President - Best Practices and Lean Management - Atlantic Region Division Vice President - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters - Newfoundland and Labrador, by phone at (709) 685-5820 or email at

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