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Operational Excellence: A Manufacturing Metamorphosis at Western Geophysical Exploration Products

ByMark F. McGovern, Brian J. Andrews

Western Geophysical Exploration Products (WGEP) is the manufacturing division of Western Geophysical, a large seismic exploration company. WGEP manufactures seismic exploration equipment at two plants in the greater Houston, Texas area. Most of the manufacturing takes place at the Alvin, Texas plant. With approximately $90M in sales, the 250,000 square-foot plant employs about 500 employees. The plant produces a wide selection of seismic equipment, ranging from large vibrating vehicles and small hydrophones and geophones (microphones) to 100-meter marine streamer cables.