Lakeshore Learning Materials is the premier manufacturer of educational materials for elementary programs and early childhood organizations within the United States. Since its inception in 1954, Lakeshore has experienced continuous growth and is now a multichannel organization with a thriving online business, print catalogs, and 60 store locations nationwide.
We were able to clearly define maintenance processes within the company and achieve better store room organization and improved efficiency with Maintenance5000.
The maintenance team at Lakeshore Learning had been using spreadsheets to manage just short of a couple thousand assets, including conveyors, forklifts, trucks, and production equipment. With the inefficiencies of this method adding up, the decision was made to replace the spreadsheet system with a new set of procedures and a robust Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). In 2015, Maintenance Manager Jon Stieber led the implementation of Maintenence5000 across the company in order to streamline the entire maintenance progam and make it more efficient. According to Steiber, “We were able to clearly define maintenance processes within the company and achieve better store room organization and improved efficiency with Maintenance5000.”
The maintenance team at Lakeshore Learning Materials has mastered its planned maintenance program and saved thousands of hours previously lost putting out fires. They have been able to increase the productivity of the maintenance team, resulting in huge cost savings. According to Stieber, “Maintenance5000 has given us the tools to organize equipment schedules and parts, enabling us to become better at maintenance planning. The system has helped to increase wrench time for our mechanics by cutting time searching for parts. We have since been able to take on more work from our construction group, reducing the number of outside contractors previously used.”