McKernan Woolen Mills in Tuamgraney. Customised scarf production, primarily for export, combines use of antique weaving machines and new CNC Knitting to create beautiful scarves.

Company Name

McKernan Woollen Mills


McKernan Woollen Mills Ltd.
Co. Clare,

Leading Edge Group

Quote – 

“This has been life changing for me” (Anke)

Lean Project Objectives

Placement of a business management structure to aid in the daily/weekly operational needs of the company.

Key Changes
  • Production planning
  • Capacity planning
  • Use of 5S, Standard Work
  • Record keeping
  • Several thousand € identified and implemented as cost savings
  • 4 extra temporary people employed with output increased.
  • Reduction in WIP and improvement in general tidiness.
  • 10 hours per week of lower level tasks delegated out, allowing owner to concentrate on more strategic, value add work.
  • More Headspace