Southeastern Mills: The Eighth Element?

13 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017

See all articles by Robert Landel

Robert Landel

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Andrew Moon

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

Appropriate for courses in operations management and leadership. Owners and employees of this company spent considerable time and effort developing a unique, extremely successful high-performance work-place culture based on trust and a decentralized structure. Individuals and teams managed their areas with little direct supervision from middle and upper management. Some managers, based on sales opportunities with new, large, and demanding customers, felt that it was essential to consider how a Lean or Six Sigma program could be blended into their work-place culture. But other managers were concerned about altering what was already successful. A teaching note (OM-1393TN) is available.

Excerpt

UVA-OM-1393

Rev. June 9, 2010

SOUTHEASTERN MILLS: THE EIGHTH ELEMENT?

Continuing the Evolution

Southeastern Mills (SEM), a group of flour-milling, mix-manufacturing, and product-development facilities owned and operated by the Grizzard family, was headquartered in Rome, Georgia, one hour north of Atlanta. Its plants ground fresh wheat and corn and mixed it with other dry ingredients such as baking powder, baking soda, and spices to produce flours, corn meal, mixes for baked goods, gravy, soups, and food coatings such as fried chicken batter. SEM also sold individually packaged consumer products and produced custom biscuit and pancake mixes and chicken coatings in bulk for national food-processor, retail, and food-service accounts (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1. Southeastern Mills products.

. . .

Keywords: High-performance workplace, Lean, Six Sigma

Suggested Citation

Landel, Robert and Goldberg, Rebecca and Moon, Andrew, Southeastern Mills: The Eighth Element?. Darden Case No. UVA-OM-1393. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974937

Robert Landel (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/landel.htm

Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Andrew Moon

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
0
Abstract Views
99
PlumX Metrics