David Woods

February 23, 2023

For the past 20+ years, my career has primarily been centered around Lean Manufacturing and Toyota Production systems. With that said, I truly enjoy and have a passion for manufacturing and the philosophies of Lean Manufacturing. I have assisted both discrete and continuous manufactures in implementing various tools relative to Continuous Improvement. Over the years, I have helped over 300 companies and interacted with approximately 5,000 managers and associates affiliated with lean training and implementation.

While with Toyota, my career in lean began. As a Production Engineer for stamping and cold forging, I learned several techniques to support the strategy behind setup reduction, batch size reduction, frequent changeovers, and lead-time reduction. Regardless of the industry, the principles of lean are consistent. Equally important, the application is unique to each client.


Continuous Improvement | Lean Six Sigma DMAIC Methodology | Kaizen Leadership | Lean Manufacturing/Toyota Production Systems | Standard Work | Pull Systems |Project Management | Plant Layout Design | Toyota Kata | Manufacturing Engineering

Education and Certifications:

  • BS, Manufacturing Engineering, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professional, CESMII