For company headquarters to remain in Western New York, leaders at Flexovit USA recognized that keeping costs down was the key. After maxing out the possibilities of automation, owner Jay Iliohan knew that more reductions were needed, so he brought in Lean manufacturing to make good on the commitment. Not only have money savings resulted, but the sales and marketing division’s application of the waste-eliminating approach will increase the company’s abrasive product revenues in 2013. Lean has touched every department and is becoming ingrained in Angola site operations. By folding Lean into Flexovit’s mission statement, management has no intentions of allowing the continuous improvement concept and its tools to fade.