Speed Queen

Sullivan Walsh helped to implement flexible manufacturing at Speed Queen's production facility in Ripon, Wisconsin. We discovered that the plant's current pay structure stood as a major obstacle to change, so we developed an entirely new compensation structure that would support cellular manufacturing. After intense debate, the United Steelworkers ratified the compensation and deployment changes, and the plant went from Raytheon's least productive to its most productive in a single year. Parent company Raytheon recognized Speed Queen's success by producing a video describing the plant's achievements. The film was distributed to all of Raytheon's manufacturing facilities.