Operations Consulting

Lean Path Direct is your partner to drive organizational change, lean, build culture, team development, process improvement, training, quality control, cost reductions, strategy, value stream mapping, and continuous improvement.

Process & Material Flow Analysis

We help businesses achieve operational excellence by optimizing their processes and improving material flow. Our Process & Material Flow Analysis service is designed to identify opportunities to streamline your processes and improve material flow, resulting in reduced lead times, increased productivity, and improved customer satisfaction. You can achieve significant cost savings, enhance your competitive position, and increase customer satisfaction.

Strategic Planning Session

We understand the importance of strategic planning in achieving business success. We can help you develop a comprehensive strategic plan that aligns with your business goals & objectives. We will work closely with you to develop a customized strategic plan that addresses your specific needs. We will guide you through the planning process, help you identify key objectives, develop actionable strategies, and set measurable goals.

Value Stream Mapping

Our Value Stream Mapping service is designed to help you identify opportunities to streamline your processes, reduce waste, and improve overall efficiency. We will learn your business and work closely with you to map your value stream, identifying key value-added and non-value-added activities. We will provide you with a detailed report outlining our findings, along with recommendations for optimizing your value stream and improving overall efficiency.

Sustainable Excellence

Helping organizations large and small achieve operational excellence. Let Lean Path Direct take your team from strategy to results, with hands-on subject matter expertise, extensive operations network, and proven tools for change.

Learn the Lean methods, processes, and tools to engage your team, improve your business, and thrill your customers.

Whether you are just starting your Lean journey or wanting to take your sustained results to the next level, let Leanpathdirect guide you and your team to create sustained Lean operational excellence with insightful evaluations, custom improvement plans, strategy deployment, process improvements, and training.

Floyd Backes

Principal Owner

Floyd’s hands-on approach and track record of innovative and practical solutions can be traced to roots as a squad leader, and aircraft-certified welder/machinist in the US Air Force and subsequently with the Airborn Special Operations Test Directorate on Ft. Bragg NC, all while completing his Engineering degree. Practical application of engineering technology and a focus on solving real-world root cause problems continues to drive excellent results. Upon completion of engineering school Floyd put his unique combination of hands-on skills and engineering education to work, solving process, organizational, and design improvements for Stanley Tools, Heatcraft, United Technologies Carrier, Knorr-Bremse, Welch-Allyn, and GE. The value-proposition of these hands-on skills, collaborative leadership style, world-class manufacturing methodologies, deep process analysis, and innovative engineering solutions are now leveraged at an even higher level through leadership, training, and coaching production teams around the world.

Floyd brings these real world successes to bear as a consultant and coach for businesses large and small to evaluate, define, and solve seemingly previously intractable problems, expand EBITDA, and develop solutions and teams for sustainable continuous improvement.

Specialties: Lean, SDP, leadership, process design and optimization, large capital equipment deployment and maintenance, greenfield construction project management, capital equipment install prove-out commission and acceptance, global operations leadership, safety, ergonomics, logistics, transportation, strategic planning, management, turnaround, value-stream mapping, operational excellence, strategy deployment, project management, continuous improvement, TPM, SMED, process design, process control, variation reduction.