Donnelly President Shares Operational Excellence and Growth Insights at Enterprise Minnesota Event

Short-Run Molder’s Acceleration Illustrates How Operational Excellence Can Drive Growth

Alexandria, MN (October 24, 2012) – Top performing companies understand organizational strategies must focus on creating and delivering value – not simply cutting costs to advance growth and promote prosperity. That’s the message of Donnelly President Ron Kirscht, delivered on Oct. 18 at “Leveraging Operational Excellence to Achieve Growth,” an Enterprise Minnesota event in Plymouth.

Kirscht shared Donnelly’s story and key operational insights with other Minnesota business leaders, providing an in-depth look at the practices and processes Donnelly’s people have forged and credit for their success.

With 2012 the biggest sales year in the company’s 28-year history, Donnelly, a leader in short-run manufacturing, has become known throughout the industry for its constancy of purpose and well-conceived high-level business processes while increasing productivity, improving quality, reducing lead-times and expanding the value to customers. Somewhat lesser known is how Donnelly champions employee training and lean manufacturing concepts to support and confirm growth throughout the company.

Kirscht, who is well versed in business planning as Donnelly’s longtime president, guided discussion participants through Donnelly’s journey; using lessons learned from real-world events to illustrate how planning, people and resources can be best aligned with a business growth strategy to improve company-wide processes, elevate performance and build culture.

“By committing ourselves to plan and execute across all functions of the company, we’ve not only enjoyed a terrific year in 2012, but we have positioned for an even brighter future,” said Kirscht. “Sharing our unique culture and philosophies with other Minnesota businesses helps to support and promote our state’s economic foundation.”

Kirscht and other members of the leadership team at Donnelly are frequent speakers for Enterprise Minnesota, a non-profit business consulting organization that features industry leaders at events and seminars to share insights to help local small and mid-sized manufacturers develop and implement strategies to improve business practices to continuously improve and grow.

“The success of Donnelly Custom Manufacturing is a testimony to their commitment to organizational excellence with continuous investment in their people and processes,” said Bob Kill, President and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota. “To have Ron share their journey was enlightening and energizing to all in attendance.”

The event was held at the offices of Trusight in Plymouth, Minn.

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. Visit to learn more.