A pair of Center for Operational Excellence members have landed on ComputerWorld’s annual ranking of the best companies to work in information technology. The magazine’s 23rd annual ranking placed Toledo-based COE member Owens Corning fourth on its large-company list, up from No. 7 in 2015. Columbus-based Nationwide landed at No. 36 on the list, up | Read more…



Nearly half of COE’s member companies or their parent organizations made the ranks of the 1,000 largest companies in the U.S., with 10 cracking the Fortune 500. The magazine’s much-hyped annual list was released earlier this month, with Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health cracking the Fortune 25 at No. 21, with $102 billion in annual revenue. | 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…



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…



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…



Culture matters – and the companies that do it right know it pays dividends inside and outside their four walls. This month, four Center for Operational Excellence members made the cut in an annual ranking by Columbus Business First of the Best Places to Work in the Columbus area. These companies scale the heights of | Read more…



Looking back at a storied history that stretches back more than a century, Ryan Arbogast remembers Nov. 1, 2013, as a low point for the company his great-grandfather founded in 1907. Arbogast, fourth-generation president at prosthetic product manufacturer WillowWood, sat anxiously in a Florida courtroom and listened to a judge deliver the most devastating blow | Read more…



Coming off two recent conferences that repeatedly emphasized the importance of “people over process,” I’m reminded again of some words shared by Helen Turnbull, one of the keynote speakers at COE’s spring Leading Through Excellence summit. Turnbull reminded us that “we’re all looking at the world through the eyes of our expertise, but the problem | Read more…



Connecting far-flung employees – across an office or across the globe – is becoming an increasingly common challenge for companies of any size. A number of organizations have turned to technological solutions for town halls, top leadership updates and team meetings – but how can they ensure communication leads to results and isn’t lost along | Read more…