Smith-Midland Corporation, a Midland, Va.-based concrete products supplier, has recruited Mark Loscudo as its newest VP operations.
In his new role, Loscudo will play an important operative role in furthering the company's lean manufacturing initiatives.
"Smith-Midland has begun its lean journey based upon the success of the Toyota Production System," says Smith-Midland president Ashley Smith. "The reason for becoming lean is to benefit our clients by providing the highest quality products and services at the lowest cost and in the shortest time and safest manner."
Loscudo has a history of leading lean transformation efforts at various companies, and he also taught lean principles as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and University of Tennessee. He served as division and plant manager for Faurecia Exhaust, where he spearheaded reductions in operating costs and improvements in quality and on-time delivery. Most recently, he took part in the transformation of printing and packaging systems manufacturer Steinhauser, Inc.
"Mark comes to us," says Mr. Smith, "with experience serving as a Shingo examiner with the Shingo Institute, reviewing the efforts of lean manufacturing organizations across North America. We are excited to put this expertise in recognizing successful practices together with his skill in implementing lean principles in order to drive our manufacturing and profitability to world class standards."