Donnelly President to participate in a panel discussion at Twin Cities Business Event

Alexandria, MN (September 11, 2012) – Ron Kirscht, president of Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Company, will be a featured panelist in the Smart Solutions for Minnesota Private Companies event Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. As part the event’s focus on succeeding in today’s ever-changing business environment, Kirscht will discuss Donnelly’s lean manufacturing efforts.

Kirscht will present alongside two other prominent Minnesota business leaders – Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, and June Schelde, president and CEO of Occupational Development Center, Inc. – at the event, co-hosted by Twin Cities Business Magazine and Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

The event will also unveil results from a recent survey of over 10,000 leaders of privately owned Minnesota companies on how businesses are solving today’s most pressing challenges, including economic uncertainty, rising costs and change management.

Kirscht will provide an inside look at Donnelly’s unique short-run manufacturing culture and the strategies that have helped the company thrive. He and other Donnelly leaders attribute much of the company’s success to its people and commitment to lean manufacturing techniques. Every employee seeks ways to reduce waste, elevate performance and continue learning in day-to-day methods.

“Lean strategies are not just for manufacturing. The concepts of mistake proofing and TWI [Training Within Industry] can be applied to all types of organizations,” said Kirscht. “These techniques help achieve the same valuable results more efficiently than before – whether that’s through processes, training or teamwork. It’s about using empirical methods to understand what matters, rather than just accepting pre-existing ideas of what’s right.”

Donnelly’s innovative, dynamic culture continues to improve tasks, tools and processes and thus performance and results, not only for the company but also for the leading industrial customers it serves. Kirscht’s appearance at the Smart Solutions event is just the latest example of Donnelly employees speaking publically on how American businesses can use lean techniques to improve performance and remain globally competitive.

Based in Alexandria, Minn., Donnelly’s 220 employees are dedicated to setting the standards in the custom injection-molding marketplace for “How Short Run Is Done.” The company’s focus is on providing its OEM customers with value added engineering and highly customized manufacturing and customer support services. A strong customer service orientation ensures outstanding customer satisfaction.