Bayport, MN – Kolleen Schneider, director of supply chain at Andersen Windows, was honored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) as one of 25 Outstanding Leaders Transforming Manufacturing.
“We’ve seen in the last several months how quickly our industry can rebound to near full production,” says Robert Willig, executive director and CEO of SME. “These 25 luminaries in manufacturing are pushing the pace of change in our industry, paving the path that leads to elevated quality, improved productivity, increased profitability, and higher employment in North America. The leaders work at startups, large corporations, public-private partnerships, and standards organizations are successfully changing the pace and scope of technological adoption of smart manufacturing processes at the highest levels.
Supply chain and its role in manufacturing is a critical concern to Andersen Windows, which has 21 positions in supply chain management listed in its career opportunities pages. “More recently, our smart manufacturing journey led us to integrate supply chain processes to provide real-time communication from the shop floor to our manufacturing support teams,” Schneider says. “When I think about the future of smart manufacturing, I see an acceleration of the current path. Integrated and connected manufacturing will extend to remote monitoring and predictive diagnostics across material supply, part quality, and end-to-end optimization.”
Privately held Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen, Renewal by Andersen, EMCO, Weiland, MQ, and Heritage brands, with more than 10,000 employees, operating manufacturing sites across North America and Europe.