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Collaboration Drove Out Waste on P&G’s Latest Project

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If there’s anything that a successful project requires, it’s an environment where strong partnerships can bloom. This was essential on Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) recent construction project as it relocated three manufacturing facilities into one new location in Martinsburg, W.Va.

As reported by Forbes, P&G partnered with Southland Industries, which developed an approach to the project based on lean principles. One of the firm’s lean practitioners, Andy Rhodes, told the magazine that the company drove out waste by creating collaboration between trades, including “having the steel erectors working cooperatively with the fire system installers.”

Southland and P&G also used integrated project delivery to set up a trade partnership relationship and pulled in other contractors, which also broke down barriers between the trades. This helped the project team agree on the target cost, which “is one of the most challenging times,” Rhodes said. “The team can focus once those are settled, but getting there can be where things start to break down.”

Mike Straun, a former associate director of global capital management for P&G, noted that it also was essential to have all stakeholders engaged throughout. “You have to integrate what’s historically been a very fragmented industry,” he told Forbes. “It’s not uncommon to have over 100 different companies working together on a site of this size.”

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