HON Industries Base Case

By Larry Barrett Print this article Print

The tangle of cables in HON's factories is gone, replaced by wireless systems. Gone, too: the furniture maker's downtime.

HON Industries Base Case
Headquarters: 414 East Third St., P.O. Box 1109, Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: (563) 264-7400
Business: Manufactures office furniture and fireplaces Chief information officer: Malcolm Fields
Financials in 2001: $1.8 billion in sales; $75 million in net income
Challenge: Install and integrate Linux-based IT system for manufacturing facilities

Baseline Goals:

  • Maintain on-time production and delivery of goods at 98%— up from 75% a few years ago
  • Eliminate all downtime of manufacturing lines in its 12 production sites
  • Improve production capacity by at least 10% each year

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    This article was originally published on 2002-11-01
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    Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.
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