Whether it’s at a $70 billion-a-year consumer products conglomerate or a fledgling business in the heart of the Buckeye State, innovation is the fuel that keeps organizations moving and evolving. The Center for Operational Excellence is continuing its three-part “Innovation Summer” series in July and August with a look at two very different organizations of | Read more…



Have five minutes to spare? The Ohio Manufacturing Institute just released the latest edition of its semi-monthly Manufacturing Tomorrow podcast, which they recorded at the Center for Operational Excellence’s Leading Through Excellence summit just last month. Podcast Executive Producer Kathryn Kelley in this edition interviews a trio of COE members – Agrana Fruit’s John Labrador, | Read more…



Following a record-breaking Leading Through Excellence summit in April, the Center for Operational Excellence is gearing up for a busy slate of summer events. Spotlight on MassMutual at IT Leadership Network forum After a visit from Menlo Innovations CEO and Joy Inc. author Rich Sheridan May 13, COE’s popular IT Leadership Network forum series returns June | Read more…



Miss last year’s Leading Through Excellence summit? Looking to revisit one of our most popular keynotes? The Center for Operational Excellence is partnering with Fisher College of Business’ Master of Business Operational Excellence program to bring to campus Rich Sheridan, CEO of award-winning software developer Menlo Innovations LLC and author of Joy Inc. Employees of COE member | Read more…



The Center for Operational Excellence’s flagship annual event has more than a few things in common with the fast-paced racing world featured in the kickoff to the fourth-annual Leading Through Excellence summit. In the span of three years, COE’s April Leading Through Excellence summit has grown to a gathering of nearly 400 process excellence leaders | Read more…



At least one workshop at this April’s Leading Through Excellence summit is a must-have on your wish list. The Center for Operational Excellence this spring is partnering with Mooresville, N.C.-based Performance Instruction & Training (PIT), a hotbed for training pit crew athletes worldwide. Not only will PIT leader Ben Cook be kicking off the second | Read more…



Looking for a crash course in the Center for Operational Excellence and how we’re partnering with our member companies? Executive Director Peg Pennington recently visited the Ohio Manufacturing Institute to talk COE on its Manufacturing Tomorrow podcast, a twice-monthly sit-down with leaders in the trade. Pennington’s wide-ranging chat with host Kathryn Kelley touches on COE’s | Read more…



The Center for Operational Excellence is closing out 2015 by hitting the 40-member milestone, 23 years after its founding. COE welcomed six new member companies over the course of the year, most recently: Core Molding Technologies Inc. Columbus-based Core Molding is a plastic manufacturing company whose products include sheet molding compounds and fiberglass reinforced plastics. | Read more…



Leaders at two Center for Operational Excellence member companies have taken their lean transformation stories to the publishing world. Now for sale online and on shelves are Lean-Driven Innovation: Powering Product Development at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and The Lean I.T. Field Guide: A Roadmap for Your Transformation. Lean-Driven Innovation was written by | Read more…



With registration for the Center for Operational Excellence’s fourth-annual Leading Through Excellence summit set to open next month, we’ve unveiled the featured keynote line-up for the April 2016 event. Leading Through Excellence will take place April 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio, and feature its signature mix of plant tours, industry and researcher-led breakout sessions, and dynamic | Read more…