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Stephanie Kovach & Amy Nelson, Crown Equipment 

Amy Nelson, Crown Equipment, at the Center for Operational Excellence Annual SummitAmy Nelson, Crown Equipment, presenting at the Ohio State Center for Operational Excellence Annual Summit

Stephanie Kovach, an employee development specialist, and Amy Nelson,a manufacturing talent program development specialist, outline their innovative approaches to workforce development practices at Crown Equipment Corporation. Located in New Bremen, Ohio, Crown Equipment is the fourth largest material handling manufacturer of powered industrial forklift trucks in the world with almost $3 billion a year in worldwide sales. 

Stephanie Kovach, Crown Equipment, at Center for Operational Excellence Annual SummitStephanie Kovach, Crown Equipment, at the Center for Operational Excellence Annual SummitNelson and Kovach spoke at the Center for Operational Excellence annual summit earlier this year to outline Crown’s approach to sustainable employee development. The Employee Talent Development Process is designed to engage, innovate, and empower workers. By systematically deploying this employee development process and supporting tools, Crown is working to create a continuous talent development culture across the company’s 18 global manufacturing sites.

Key topics: talent and human capital, growing workers’ talents, individual development plants, mentorship program.

This segment is sponsored by the Center for Operational Excellence at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

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