Clients/Colleagues

OEM Design, Fabrication, and Assembly – Powered Lawn Care Equipment Industry

"Back2Basics assisted my company with our lean journey. Over the course of one year, Jeff Sipes taught our employees to understand and apply lean methods and techniques, become process-oriented, and develop a self-sufficiency that will last long after Back2Basics has completed its work. We are prepared to take on our growth in an organized and disciplined manner as result of our relationship with Back2Basics."
Tom Rich
President

Tier 1 Fabrication – Construction Equipment Industry Testimonials

"Back2Basics was a vital part of our Lean Journey. Jeff Sipes was not only an effective teacher of Lean fundamentals to our executive and leadership teams, but he also assisted us in aligning our expectations for the Journey itself. Jeff taught us how to change the way we looked at business processes, break down silos, and create flow in every possible aspect. What I like most about Jeff's approach is his willingness to roll up his sleeves and work side by side with our personnel…at every level. Not only was he effective in guiding our executive team toward the creation of our Lean operating principles but he was just as effective in implementing those principles throughout our organization. Today, we look at our business through a different lens. I recommend Jeff's assistance to any organization that aspires to embrace Lean principles."
Eric Miller
Vice President

"Jeff took me under his wing to train and mentor me to be an effective Lean implementer.  He does a great job at asking the hard questions and helped push us to the next level of performance.  Jeff has tremendous knowledge and background in Lean and is more than willing to share that information to help make us all better.    We are now becoming self-sufficient and sustaining our improvements through his counseling and coaching."
Rich Steel
Lean Development Manager

Tier 1 Automotive Manufacturing Testimonials

Operation Improvement & Lean Manufacturing Consulting"I hired Back2Basics, LLC to help us prepare for a new product launch and to introduce Lean principles and methods in our automotive exhaust systems plant. Jeff Sipes effectively worked with our people to assess our improvement opportunities and determine how to integrate Lean thinking into our production and materials processes. One of Back2Basics' strengths is their ability to bridge the gap between knowing what to do and getting our people on board and engaged to do what needs to be done. The outcome was effective implementation of Lean methods and successful product launch."
Dennis Berry
President & CEO

"As Plant Manager for an exhaust manufacturing facility I have been thoroughly impressed and have greatly enjoyed working with Jeff and his Back2Basics team. Their practical approach to Lean manufacturing and ability to translate the methodologies to our front line Associates has made cultural change possible and profitable for all in our plant. Back2Basics kicked off our Lean journey in mid-2007 with a plant wide over view and since that time we’ve worked together to inspire the Plant team one kaizen event at a time; we’ve made believers out of 250 Associates as evidenced by the amount of improvement suggestions I get on a weekly basis. The high event attendance and lively dialogue, by all levels, during the Lean events is a strong testament to the consultants’ ability to explain the process of continuous improvement, apply it and make it fun. Jeff and his team not only talk the talk but they walk the walk by getting dirty with us on the shop floor as we make change happen. At the end of the day, Lean is about adding value to the operation, either tangible or intangible, by eliminating value stream waste and Back2Basics has been our catalyst to make this happen."
Jeff Paquin
Plant Manager

Life Sciences Company Testimonial

"I was very pleased with Jeff's work as he jumped into our manufacturing business feet first and was able to streamline the processes, realign our manufacturing footprint and upgrade the team's ability to think lean.  Jeff communicated well with all parts of the organization, both manufacturing and service and helped us to bridge the gap.  I would highly recommend Jeff for his knowledge and professionalism and ability to map the details."
Jackie Lemke
CEO

Our lean strategies work!Distribution and Warehousing Testimonial

When I met Jeff Sipes two months ago I was looking for a company that could provide a quick turnaround on a lean training program that would engage our employees in such a way that they could immediately identify ways to improve our operation. Back2Basics delivered a customized lean training program applicable to our packaging and warehousing business in less than one week. It included examples and photographs of our operation the employees could relate to. Jeff connected with our employees during training because he took the time to understand our processes, and developed exercises that enabled them to understand what a lean culture is all about. My leadership team has been very excited about the continuous improvement, waste reduction, 5S, visual management, etc ideas that have come forth since two months ago… which has demonstrated to us the positive effectiveness of the training.
Keith Hansen
Campus Director

Industrial Products Manufacturing Testimonials

One of our 2010 Vital Goals was to convert one of our manufacturing plants, which had limited knowledge of Lean principles, into a "Model Plant."  Jeff Sipes at Back2Basics, LLC, was contracted to provide project leadership and direction and six months later we concluded the effort on time and on budget.  One of Jeff’s strengths in driving change, in addition to understanding Lean principles, is his ability to communicate effectively with all levels of an organization.  The plant transformation was a success but the process efficiency gains seemed secondary to the staff camaraderie that occurred working towards mutually defined "Lean" objectives and to the clear understanding that continuous process improvement can never stop. 
Craig Borsdorf
Chief Operating Officer

Having just completed a six month Lean training and implementation program with Jeff Sipes and his Back2Basics, LLC team, I am extremely impressed with the results.  They were adept at presenting and demonstrating Lean concepts and methodologies in a way that was easy for our employees to understand and quickly begin putting into practice.  Jeff and his team did an outstanding job of quickly assessing our processes and identifying the best course of action to help us reach our project goals.  They were able to keep our employees actively involved and make the experience fun and positive for all of us.  Back2 Basics, LLC has helped us start our Lean journey off on the right foot.  
Bryan Henry
Plant Manager

Consumer Goods Manufacturing Testimonial

"During my tenure as a manufacturing executive, Jeff Sipes led a comprehensive Lean manufacturing project at the Refrigeration Plant. He provided leadership to the consulting team and the plant’s management and workforce teams to develop Lean strategy and tactical deployment workplans. The Operations Vision developed by the leadership team with Jeff’s guidance served as a roadmap for the selection and investment in Kaizen teams and operations improvement. Jeff and his team delivered annualized savings of nearly $7 M and a 10:1 return on consulting investment."
Rich Hammond
Manufacturing Executive