Astec Industries, Inc. 
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The value of cellular manufacturing

How to leverage the cellular concept for a competitive advantage


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 1 Location Code
9:15am-10:15am Grand Hall C, Lobby level ThS/39



Learn about the cellular concept and how to implement it. Discover the benefits derived from this concept and the competitive advantages it brings. Based on real-world experiences in several capital equipment manufacturing settings, hear about the challenges and ultimate benefits achieved by converting as much of the production process into a single cell as possible.


Astec Industries, Inc. was founded in 1972 with the vision to apply creative thinking and state-of-the-art technology to traditionally low-tech industries, bolstered by a corporate culture renowned for putting customer’s first. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Astec Industries, Inc. family of companies has become America’s leading manufacturer of equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing, oil, gas and water well drilling. On the corporate level, Astec Industries consists of a small group of executive officers and staff who provide strategic direction and coordination, funding and oversight to a family of operating subsidiaries. Each of the Astec companies has considerable autonomy and flexibility to organize and equip itself in a manner that maximizes its opportunities in its target markets.

Presenter: Jim Joyner

Jim Joyner is vice president of global operational excellence for Astec Industries, Inc. He began his professional career with the 3M Company in quality, manufacturing, sales and marketing. He then joined Philip Crosby Associates as a senior vice president and helped to grow the company into the world’s largest consulting firm specializing in quality. For the past 20 years, he has been in corporate OpEx positions with Federal Signal and Card-Monroe Corp. He has authored several books including "Quality Still Works." Joyner has a BS degree in finance from UT Chattanooga and an MBA degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.