Focus: Operations & IndustryWeek's Best Plants
Bio: Jill Jusko has been writing about manufacturing for IndustryWeek since the late 1990s, having first joined the IW team as a freelance copy editor. She quickly became a regular team member and has been writing about all facets of manufacturing operations leadership ever since. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of 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, and has 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. Prior to joining IW, Jill worked as a reporter at two daily newspapers, as well a trade publication serving the hospitality industry.
Editorial mission statement: Every manufacturer has a story to tell and a lesson learned along the way. My goal is to share those lessons learned with a wider audience, to help all manufacturers improve. I couldn't do it without every manufacturing leader who has spoken with me about the ups and downs of their industry and their enterprise, or who has given me a tour of their manufacturing operations. Thank you.
Why I find manufacturing interesting: How can I not? Making things is fascinating. Discovering new processes to make things is compelling. Improving production processes using the combined talents of the entire manufacturing enterprise is energizing. I always say no manufacturing plant is an island, so observing how the whole supply chain works together to get manufactured products where they need to go when they need to be there is a continuing education. I'm a fan of manufacturing.