Lincoln Electric 
Beginner level
Intermediate level

Deploying lean initiatives

Lesson learned in deploying lean initiatives in large companies such as Lincoln Electric & Kennametal Inc.


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Oct. 29 Location Code
12:30pm-1:30pm Virtual ThS/21

This session will not be available on demand.

In this practitioner presentation, Marchell Kunka will present real examples from the implementation of lean at Kennametal Inc. and Lincoln Electric. She'll discuss the results of starting from the mid-management level and the basic principles of how a lean initiative is developed and deployed, including the content and roadmap. She'll also cover how best to engage people in the lean initiative. Enhance your own lean initiative by learning from another practitioner's personal experience.

Presenter: Marchell Kunka

Since 2017, Marchell Kunka has served as the director of continuous improvement at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is currently leading the company's continuous improvement initiative with a specific focus on changing behaviors and actions. Before joining Lincoln Electric, she worked at Kennametal Inc., holding various positions with responsibilities to develop and deploy operational excellence globally, within all facets of the organization. Kunka has more than 20 years of experience learning, teaching, practicing and coaching lean principles and concepts. 


The Lincoln Electric Company is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the company has 60 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. Learn more at