IMC is excited to welcome Jeff Kopenitz, Lean Master, to IMC’s team. Jeff will hold the position of Director of Business Excellence. Jeff has been working with IMC for many years as a third-party consultant and has now joined the team as a staff member effective February 1st.
WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center (IMC), a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing Central Pennsylvania manufacturers’ innovation, productivity and profitable growth, has welcomed Jeff Kopenitz to its team as Director of Business Excellence effective February 1st, 2019.
“Jeff Kopenitz has been internationally educated and is a national recognized trainer and consultant in the field of manufacturing performance. IMC and the Central Pennsylvania manufacturers that we serve are fortunate to have someone of Jeff’s caliber available to them for process improvement and overall business excellence.” Daniel T. Manetta, IMC Executive Director/CEO. “I look forward to joining the IMC team and continuing my service to the PA MEP network”. Jeff Kopenitz, IMC Director of Business Excellence.
As Director of Business Excellence, Jeff is responsible for developing and delivering a broad range of Lean and Continuous Improvement programs for manufacturing clients. With deep industry experience and expertise in consulting, instructing, mentoring and coaching, Jeff is a national leader in Lean Enterprise program development and delivery. Prior to joining IMC, Jeff worked with IMC’s sister center DVIRC as the lead for their Center’s Operational Excellence Lean Enterprise Practice.
Jeff has served in multiple capacities in the private sector—including Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Manager, Operations Manager, Director of Customer Support and Director of Operations—for companies such as Stanley Tool and GE Medical Systems. With more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and service industries, Jeff has extensive expertise in Six Sigma, Operations Management, Quality, Engineering, Value Stream Mapping, Cellular Manufacturing, Visual Control, Total Productive Maintenance, Set-up Reduction, Plant Layout and Toyota Kata.
In addition to his formal education, which includes a BA in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA and MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University, Jeff has trained at Japan’s Shingijutsu Institute under the direction of Yoshiki Iwata, Chihiro Nakao and Akira Takenaka, all pupils of Taiichi Ohno, creator of the Toyota Production System.
This deep base of experience positioned Jeff to help lead the development of national Lean/Continuous Improvement programs now offered by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers, including IMC, throughout the country. Over the past 17 years, Jeff has taught, consulted and coached participants in IMC’s and DVIRC’s Lean certification programs, and provided onsite training, coaching and mentoring for companies across the country and internationally.
Jeff is a Board member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Mid-Atlantic Region and serves on engineering advisory boards for Philadelphia University and Montgomery County Community College. As an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University, Jeff designed and taught a senior Industrial Engineering class—Systems Engineering. His students have gone on to hold key operational and management positions in industry. As an adjunct at Montgomery County Community College, Jeff has taught courses in Business Management, Customer Relationship Management and Business Accounting. Jeff has also been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1988, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center assists in connecting manufacturers in 12 Pennsylvania counties with the most effective regional, state and national resources to help companies innovate, grow and prosper. An affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership and supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, IMC is one of seven industrial resource centers in Pennsylvania and serves manufacturers in Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, Clinton, Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Huntington, Blair and Bedford Counties.