Manufacturing Lunch 'n' Learn Series

Skoda Minotti

WIRE-Net's Lunch 'n' Learn series, presented by Skoda Minotti, features local successful manufacturing leaders with great lessons to share. You can learn from their stories of what it took to get where they are today, and what they are doing to continue growing toward the future.


Continuous Improvement: We Needed More Than Lean to Succeed

Kent Elastomer Products, Inc.

Kent Elastomer Products adopted Lean in 2006 which evolved into our culture of Continuous Improvement. Along the way, we learned that we needed more than Lean to improve. As we became better as a company, we needed to give our managing staff tools to improve as well. Communication and leadership skills are equally as important for a company to flourish. We couldn't expect our employees to grow if we did not improve as managers. This is the story of our evolution as a company and how we learned to trust and work with each other in the process.

About Our Speaker
Bob Oborn

Bob Oborn is the President of Kent Elastomer Products and a 35-year employee at Kent Elastomer Products. He began his career at Kent as a general laborer and worked his way to his present position. Through the support of the company, Bob obtained is BA in Management from Malone College and his MBA from Kent State University. He is passionate about continuous Improvement and his passion shows. Bob is a frequent presenter of Kent's Lean Journey and has presented at Kent State University, several chamber of commerce groups and previously presented at a Lunch 'n' Learn for WIRE-Net in 2014.