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Lemons… | August 5, 2013

Four Lemons

I was recently listening to a business report about the Ford Motor Company expanding into India. Their showrooms offer a ceremony for new cars which include putting a fresh lemon under each tire for good luck with the vehicle. You must stop and think about how this ever got started and why is it continuing today in a modern world which is able to utilize scientific methods to assess needs.

As a steel foundryman who has visited many facilities I have seen practices which have gotten my attention in a similar manner. We have given them the name of legacy practices. No one is able to fully explain how or why they work but everyone is sure that they do. Think about your plant. Are you doing things which you cannot explain why? If you want them I can sell you some lemons.

Rick Boyd

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I'm the executive vice president for a steel casting trade association, the Steel Founders' Society of America. I've got a crazy wife, five crazy children, three crazy people that married into the family, and two crazy fun little grandsons.

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