Klein Tools 
Beginner level

The building blocks of a lean culture

The transition from traditional leadership to one adopting a daily management mindset


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 7 Location Code
9:15am-10:15am ThS/39



What do we mean when we talk about a lean culture, and how should leaders apply this to making a positive impact? Learn about the importance of creating a multiple tiered daily management structure that begins on the factory floor. Discover how to gain traction, sustain your improvements, and continuously improve.


Gain insights into a practical approach to the development of key leaders within an organization to power a lean transformation. Discover the importance of the impact front line leaders have on developing and sustaining a lean culture. See the transformation from the eyes of a plant manager and the impact it had on their performance as they transformed to lead with a full lean mindset.


Since 1857, Klein Tools, a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the No. 1 choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. www.kleintools.com

Presenter: Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons is the operations manager at Klein Tools’ Easy Drive facility in Mansfield, Texas. He is responsible for formulating, developing and executing manufacturing strategies and policies to guide the company in maintaining and improving its competitive position and profitability. Simmons started with Klein as a Klein Business Systems manager focused on lean management then moved into operations. Prior to joining Klein Tools, Simmons’ 18 years of experience included roles as vice president of supply chain with Essner Manufacturing, business unit manager with AZZ/NLI, and materials manager with American Leather.