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Students from Roger Williams University conducted an independent study that explored the historic success of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. The study focuses on a period between 1880 and 1920.


These methods that Herreshoff utilized can be classified as early stages of the LEAN manufacturing concept which is used today in a majority of America’s leading manufacturers. Herreshoff made sure that his entire inventory was used and nothing was wasted. By reducing/eliminating waste, Nat preserved the value of his products and increased the efficiency of operation.