Jill Jusko

Jill Jusko, Senior Editor,

Focus: Operations & Workforce

Call: 216-931-9311

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Senior Editor Jill Jusko covers strategies and best practices in manufacturing workforce and operations leadership. She provides information about workforce compensation strategies, education and training, employee engagement and retention, and teamwork. Her coverage of operations excellence spotlights companies that have achieved world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six Sigma strategies.

Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

Jill has also served as the editorial project director for the IW/MPI Census of Manufacturers. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. 

Lincoln Electric CEO: Meeting the Skills Gap Challenge
CEO Christopher Mapes is leading a company that faces a challenge many manufacturers are seeking answers for: the skills gap. In the case of Lincoln Electric, which manufactures welding, cutting, and joining products, it's skilled welding talent.
Managing Change: 9 Tips for Transitioning to 12-Hour Shifts
Is your company transitioning to a 12-hour work schedule from an eight-hour shift? Circadian offers nine tips to help ease the change:
Up All Night: Promoting Health and Safety on the Late Shift 
When most of the world slumbers, a percentage of the populace is awake, at work but not necessarily alert. They are your third shift and overnight shift workforce, and they may be tired.
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Slimmed-down Kodak Trims Workforce Again
The workforce reduction represents Kodak's "largest layoffs since it ended its Chapter 11 bankruptcy 12 months ago," local media reported
A Middle Market Guide to Building and Sustaining Operations Excellence
New report proposes a four-part, systematic approach by which firms can stop their backsliding and maintain their operational gains.
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2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants Finalists Named
This year's finalists represent manufacturing facilities across Canada, the United States and Mexico. These finalist facilities share several common elements, including admirable performance metrics, comprehensive efforts to improve across the many functions that occur within a manufacturing plant, and engaged workforces.
Operations: Handy & Harman's Business System Approach to Operational Excellence 

As anyone who has ever tried it can tell you, successfully implementing lean across a manufacturing facility is challenging. The same holds true for introducing World Class Manufacturing (employed by Chrysler, for instance) or any other operational excellence system. It's an effort that's not for the faint of heart, although the rewards are plentiful.

Operations: Lean Envy 
Used wisely, lean envy can motivate and stimulate, says Joy Global CEO Ted Doheny.
Pop Quiz: Test Your Manufacturing IQ
How much do you really know about manufacturing? To test your knowledge, we've put together a short (10 question) quiz to find out the extent of your manufacturing expertise.
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Rare Earths Update: In Pursuit of Alternatives 
Companies and industrialized nations continue to seek ways to reduce their dependence on China for access to rare earths.
Operations: Ariens: Growing Lean Leaders from Within 
Ariens' lean intern program nourishes the company's lean culture and develops its next generation of lean manufacturing leaders.
Operations: Wicked Weather, Human Nature
Any time is a good time to discuss the importance of facility safety in the face of extreme weather, but the start of summer is surely a most appropriate time to issue a few reminders.
GKN Sinter Metals Adds Kata to a Lean Journey in Germantown
GKN Sinter Metals began a lean manufacturing journey in 2008 and introduced kata in 2012 to boost improvements and meet new challenges.
2014 IW Best Plants Conference: Awards Ceremony [SLIDESHOW]
The IndustryWeek Best Plants winners receive their Pinnacle awards at the 2014 IW Best Plants conference, which was held May 5-7 in Milwaukee.
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Does Your Manufacturing Plant Excel?
If yes, then it is time to participate in the IndustryWeek Best Plants competition. This annual salute to outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America recognizes plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.
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