This month, we are recognizing the important role manufacturing plays in our company and industry. To gain more perspective on manufacturing, we interviewed Jonathan Lecloux, director of operations – planning and supply, about his experiences working at our facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

In his current role, Jonathan performs analysis on any anomalies or abnormalities that have occurred during the manufacturing process. He also reviews our previous day’s performance and keeps an eye on our SLQDC KPIs.

Below, Jonathan provides some further insight on manufacturing.

Why were you interested in a career in manufacturing?

I grew up on a farm helping with repairs on agricultural equipment, realized I was somewhat mechanically inclined and began re-building cars with my cousins. It started as a bit of a hobby, but it really grew my interest in heavy equipment and repair.

After high school, I attended Michigan Tech University. The school has a lot of alignment with big OEMs like Ford, GM and John Deere. It featured a curriculum and program that supported my desire to work in the automotive and heavy equipment industries. I loved the hands-on aspect of the university, the SAE enterprise and senior design really sold it for me.

What was your background prior to your current role?

I started by entering an operations management rotational program with the company. It was designed to expose people to many aspects of the business. The program allowed me to understand the interdependencies between departments and identify opportunities to collaborate. It was great to see different parts of the business and I saw the potential in the company.

Following the program, I started work as manufacturing engineer and eventually worked my way up to a planner group leader role.

What is your favorite part of the job?

The variety of the things I do. Every day we are faced with new challenges, as well as opportunities to make a measurable impact. It is incredibly rewarding to see the correlation of what you are doing to the value of your product to the customer on a daily basis.

What are you most excited about in the future?

I’m really looking forward to the South Harbor campus project. It’s exciting that we are going from a building we have been at for more than 100 years to a purpose-built facility where we can grow in our manufacturing capabilities. The new processes, tech and equipment, that will be available at our new site gives us a chance to make a giant leap forward in the value we can deliver for our customer versus our competition.

Another thing I’m excited about is the collaboration between departments supporting manufacturing. Engineering and operations manufacturing are doing a great job working together. Learning what they are designing and what they need to enable these designs has really allowed us to streamline efficiency.

A special thank you to Jonathan Lecloux for taking the time to share his background and experience with us. Our entire manufacturing team plays a crucial role in helping us create solutions that drive you >FORWARD.

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