Jonathan Katz

Former Managing Editor,

Former Managing Editor Jon Katz covered leadership and strategy, tackling subjects such as lean manufacturing leadership, strategy development and deployment, corporate culture, corporate social responsibility, and growth strategies. As well, he provided news and analysis of successful companies in the chemical and energy industries, including oil and gas, renewable and alternative.

Jon worked as an intern for IndustryWeek before serving as a reporter for The Morning Journal and then as an associate editor for Penton Media’s Supply Chain Technology News.

Jon received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kent State University and is a die-hard Cleveland sports fan.

Why Exporting Doesn’t Have to Be Risky Business
Why Exporting Doesn’t Have to Be Risky Business 2
Small and midsize manufacturers can still benefit from exporting without accepting too much risk.
Services Trade: Why it Matters to US Manufacturing

Whether it’s the movement of parts, industrial machinery or consumer products, the growth of global trade has brought new opportunities for both domestic and foreign manufacturers.  The expansion of trade has led to another major growth industry – services.

My Export Debut: A Small Manufacturer Shares Insights

Slow and methodical. That’s how Zachary Barry characterizes Aladdin Light Lift Inc.’s approach toward exporting. The Huntsville, Ala., company manufactures electronic motor and wench systems designed to raise and lower chandeliers and decorative lighting.

Export Compliance: Why SMBs Need to Understand their Role
Small and midsize manufacturers should consider global and domestic standards early in the product development process.
how to merge corporate cultures
The Key to Merging Corporate Cultures? Start Early
Casket manufacturers can’t rely on one of life’s unquestionable certainties for steady demand anymore. With cremation rising in popularity, the industry is seeking new sources of revenue.
Ariens Co. CEO Dan Ariens
The Lean CEO Effect
Legendary lean practitioner Art Byrne says he didn't have to accept excuses from employees when he requested dramatic improvements on the plant floor. That's because Byrne had become a "lean expert" and knew what type of changes were possible.
Louis Guzzetti, Chairman and CEO of Spinnaker Coating
Leadership and Strategy: Spinnaker Coating Sticks With Customer Service
More than a decade ago, Spinnaker Coating tried to play with the big boys and lost. The problem dates way back to 1994 when the label material manufacturer's former owners decided to move from a niche market to supplying large label converting companies.
Manufacturing executives discuss election 2012
Election 2012: Metals Industry Execs Say High Taxes, Regulations Disadvantage US Companies
Timken VP urges manufacturers to form a united voice to drive policy changes.
Shale Gas Expansion a Boon to Water Treatment Industry
Venture-backed Oasys Water among firms experiencing rapid growth.
Chemical Industry Growth Remains Sluggish
Economic pressures signal another year of tepid chemical industry growth.
Natural gas in the Middle East and Africa
Middle East and North Africa Poised for Natural Gas Boom
Region needs $1 trillion in investments by 2030 to meet rising energy demand, IHS CERA reports.
Reshoring to the US More Attractive for Metals, Chemicals Sectors 1
PwC report concludes more heavy manufacturing industries could return to the U.S. as China’s cost advantage decreases.
CEO Turnover Matches Seven-Month High in August
Health care sector leads all industries with 161 CEO departures in 2012.
Five Attributes of Outstanding Leaders
Authors of ‘The Leadership Challenge’ highlight five key practices of ‘exemplary’ leaders.
PolyOne Therma-Tech conductive grades
IW 50 Profile: PolyOne Takes Four Steps Forward
PolyOne Corp. (IW 50/28) fought back from the Great Recession with a powerful mixture of lean manufacturing, innovation and specialized product offerings.
Manufacturing Leader of the Week
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