Business transformation and a lean culture

Understand how to transform a business by developing its people and culture


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 7 Location Code
9:15am-10:15am Regency Ballroom C, West Tower, Ballroom Level ThS/38

Hear how Roadtec is undertaking a massive business transformation of its entire business. Discover the time and resources spent to improve its daily management processes through its hourly work teams.


Hear how Roadtec is starting to see shop floor driven improvement which is allowing management to focus more on the business and the companies future growth. What is a principle-driven culture? Learn why initial lean training is important to a business transformation. Discover how to tie shop floor improvement to the overall company strategy and learn about the kaizen approach. Understand the role and importance of a lean steering committee and understand the role communication plays in people development. Gain insights into the roles of recognition and people development.


Roadtec is heavy equipment manufacturer of mobile asphalt paving equipment and has earned a reputation for high quality products and industry leading customer service. Roadtec produces a variety of pavers, paver screeds, milling machines, material transfer vehicles and soil stabilizers. The company is based out of Chattanooga, TN.

Presenter: Jim Smith

Jim Smith is the continuous improvement/lean coordinator for Roadtec, Inc., an Astec Industries company. His experience includes 18 years in high volume Tier-1 and Tier-2 automotive supply manufacturing, and most recently, working with the production of mobile asphalt paving equipment. Smith is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney and holds a masters degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a retired United States Air Force officer, where he served as a navigator/instructor navigator on EC-135 and KC-135 aircraft, on both active duty and in the Air Force Reserve.