Patricia Moody

Blue Heron Journal

Patricia E. Moody is a writer and manufacturing and supply management consultant with over 30 years of management consulting, hundreds of articles and interviews, speeches, and 12 books to her credit. She is the publisher of Blue Heron Journal, an online resource for thought-leaders and decision makers.

Named by FORTUNE magazine one of the "Ten Pioneering Women in Manufacturing," she was featured on CNN's "21ST CENTURY WITH BERNARD SHAW."  Her consulting client list includes Motorola, Respironics, British Petroleum, Waste Management, and Cisco. She consulted to Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Labs during the Tylenol poisoning crisis and is credited with saving the company.  She has an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate.

A pragmatic visionary and self-confessed technology freak, she has little patience for laggards who have dwelled too long on one-note methodologies. She believes that a combination of technology, clear process, and progressive leadership, funded by smart spend management can save endangered companies.

IndustryWeek Best Plants Winner Firstronic Proves that the US Can Manufacture Electronics 1
In Michigan no less, Firstronic works on hiring and training the right workforce plus capital equipment, best customers, and systems that tie it all together.
How One Minnesota Manufacturer Overhauled Its Floor with Robots
Up in Minnesota, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing opened the door for new tasks for its human employees by bringing in collaborative robots.
Intelligent Automation, Collaborative Robots Can Solve a Big Challenge 2
When companies bring products back from off-shored manufacturing operations, the processes cannot be simply dropped back into place and configured with the same machines and process flows from 20 years back. Robots offer the tremendous competitive advantage.
South Carolina's Pro-Business Governor Speaks Out 6
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley reveals the secrets to attracting business to the state.
Arnold Kamler, Chairman and CEO, Kent International, Inc.
Kent International's Reshoring Journey 1
How a company, led by a visionary leader, is bringing high-volume, mass-market bicycle manufacturing back to America.
Kent International is Ready to Reshore More Bicycle Component Manufacturing
Here's how one company is meeting the challenge of reshoring.
One Proven Way to Solve Your Skilled Workforce Problems 1
Screening candidates to ensure they "fit" the job, is critical to hiring—and retaining—skilled production workers, Firstronic CEO John Sammut says.
Evaluating employee wiring
What I Learned From Taking the Employee Pre-hiring Assessment Survey
What the employee pre-hiring assessment can tell you about your job candidate—and why it's important.
Ric Cabot at the Darn Tough Vermont Sock Manufacturing Facility
How an American Sock Manufacturer Battled Its Way Back from Bankruptcy to Growth
President & CEO Ric Cabot led Darn Tough Vermont through the lean years caused by low-cost offshore competition -- and back to growth. Here's how.
Manufacturing 2015: 7 Thought Leaders Share Their Predictions 1
Seven manufacturing thought leaders share their predictions for 2015.
Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP
The Quest to Simplify Manufacturing IT 1
SAP CEO Bill McDermott's dream of leading a company becomes a quest to simplify information technology.
chagne management
How to Capitalize on Challenge and Change
Briggs & Stratton's transformation includes the ability to respond to big market shifts, to develop new products for fickle customers, and meet head-on today's workforce challenges.
Briggs & Stratton's Three Pillars of Transformation
How Briggs & Stratton leveraged a multi-faceted strategy to thrive amid a century of change.
Briggs & Stratton CEO Todd Teske
The Transformation of a Century-Old US Manufacturing Company
Over 100 years and several transformations, Briggs & Stratton adapted to new economic challenges. Here's how.
Firstronic Quality Inspection
Leveraging IT for Competitive US Production
Third of a three-part series. Firstronic CEO John Sammut talks technology.
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