Leonard hires lean manufacturing expert as new operations manager

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Leonard employees participate in a recent town hall meeting.

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MOUNT AIRY — Leonard Building and Truck Accessories, a leader in the manufacturing and sale of trailers, storage buildings, playhouses and truck covers and accessories, announced the hiring of Joe Robbins as its new operations manager.

The Leonard strategic plan is to increase market share across each of its business market segments. In Mount Airy, Leonard operates three manufacturing plants and one truck accessories distribution facility. Together, these four plant operations provide products to the 57 retail stores across five states.

Critical to the successful scaling of its manufacturing and distribution processes to meet its expansion needs, is enhancing the level of expertise required to maximize the efficiency of Leonard’s production operation. With nearly 30 years of lean manufcturing and production experience, Robbins brings this level of expertise. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

Prior to joining Leonard he served as the production manager at Luxfer Gas Cylinders; general manager of Custom Pallet and Crating; and operations manager for Toter, the nation’s third largest rotational molder. Through his distinguished career, Robbins has successfully implemented continous value improvement programs; authored standard operation procedures; established lean manufacturing assembly; directed the ISO certification process; and improved company value through building team collaboration and synergy, exceeding company benchmarks, and enhancing the customer experience.

“We are very proud to add someone with Joe’s caliber and level of expertise to our existing talented team of executives. He will bring new insight from other manufacturing operations and industries as we continue our effort to expand the business,” said David O’Neal, CEO.

Robbins began with Leonard on May 23 and spent the first several weeks understanding the company operations. During this time, he toured all four manufacturing and distribution facilities, and visited more than 20 Leonard retail stores. Robbins’ goal moving forward is to bring greater efficiency to the plant and distribution processes that will allow the company to continue strengthening the primary storage buildings and trailer products while also allowing the company to significantly increase the through-put volume of its truck accessories operation.

“I am excited to join an industry leader such as Leonard at a time when the company continues to grow and expand its business after more than 50 years of success and quality service to its customers. My personal mission is to build on the legacy and customer trust created over the past five decades,” said Robbins.

Leonard employees participate in a recent town hall meeting.
http://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Town-Hall-Meeting-Group-Picture.jpgLeonard employees participate in a recent town hall meeting. Submitted photo

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