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June 16, 2014

What’s new at MLP

As a few of you know, for the last 3.5 months and through June, I have been the interim President & CEO of Swiss Tech LLC (ST) in Delevan, Wisconsin.

Thus, I have renewed empathy for all the things you do as a Profit Loss Manager of your company. It has been 6 years since I left Symmetry – doesn’t seem like that long, but I had forgotten all the little issues that seem to spiral out of control and become huge. We at ST had a less than stellar year last year. But things are slowly turning into a very good 3 months of the last 4. And we are a little ahead of plan year-to-date. We have a very good team of people and hopefully we can keep them all happy. When you are working mandatory 55 hours a week, people get edgy.

I would love to tell you about all the changes we have made to improve the financial performance. There have been a lot; Quoting Accuracy, Lead Times and Load Reports Accuracy, Off-loading the Herby (Eli Goldratt constraint), as well as Hiring and Retaining skills. It has all been challenging and fun. Which brings me back to my point of empathy. I have a improved understanding for the things you do every day! And I have a renewed tool kit of things tried and failed / succeeded.

I should be back on track to be “calling on you” soon. End of June or early July, right after my huge “Honey Do” list and a few miles of bicycling to catch up on.

Email me if you want to know what worked. I’d love to hear from you!

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