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EDITORIAL


Tracking Growth in Foundry Plants and Houseplants T


here is a leafy houseplant in our office here at Modern Casting. It was adopted


by our advertising sales representative Mark McGowan a couple of years ago. Since then, it has flourished and grown, with one long, viney arm stretching across his cubicle office and now snaking its way to the neighboring space. We’ve begun to measure that vine’s progress,


like a parent marking their children’s height on the wall. On August 23, it had grown 28 inches since


July 5. In a few months, it will reach my office. I cannot wait. The funny thing is, none of us really paid


much attention to the plant, besides maybe Mark, until he stuck a post-it note on the wall, marking the date. Now, we can visually tell how far that vine has come. We can state for fact: this plant has grown XX inches since XX date.


In this issue’s


cover article (page 18), Len Weber, president of AFS Corporate Member Batesville Products Inc. (Batesville, Indiana), said, “Anything that is measured im- proves.”


ultimately can be rewarding, especially as goals are approached, met and then exceeded. Measuring


something, like our plant, doesn’t just indicate the current data point. It shows what is possible, what more can happen. As for our pet


Batesville Prod- ucts has applied this mantra across its whole business, from workforce development to scheduling, and the results have been positive. T is analytical approach helps make business decisions, as well as track a decision’s impact and give the chance for course correction or redirection. Sometimes there is fear in measuring, because what if that first data point is not what you want it to be? Anyone who has avoided step- ping on a scale might understand. But measuring


Sometimes there is fear in measuring, because what if that fi rst data point is not what you want it to be? But measuring ultimately can be rewarding as


office plant, I don’t think we’ll be developing any Excel spreadsheets tracking its progress. We don’t have any specific goals for its growth. But we are invested in it just the same. If it starts to brown or stops growing, we’ll notice and discuss what we should do to keep it healthy. I’m really rooting (no pun intended) for it to make it to my desk.


goals are approached, met and then exceeded.


Shannon Wetzel, Managing Editor


If you have any comments about this editorial or any other item that appears in Modern Casting, email managing editor Shannon Wetzel at swetzel@afsinc.org.


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