How Snap-On CEO Pinchuk Leverages Continuous Improvement as a Competitive Weapon

July 17, 2014
Nicholas Pinchuk, president and CEO of Snap-on, sees continuous improvement as a weapon American manufacturers can use to combat the turbulent times in the industry.

Nicholas Pinchuk, president and CEO of Snap-on (IW 500/277) (SNA), sees continuous improvement as a weapon American manufacturers can use to combat the turbulent times in the industry.

The IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference Video Collection: One of an occasional series featuring the "best of" excerpts from the event's keynote speeches.

Pinchuk, a keynote speaker at the 2014 IW Best Plants Conference, fired up attendees with his speech about reinvigorating the industry and making manufacturing once again part of the American dream.

Pinchuk was one of five top executives headlining the annual conference, which was held in May at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference, slated for May 2015, will be held in Charlotte, N.C. with an equally impressive – an inspiring – panel of speakers.

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In her commentary and reporting for IndustryWeek, Editor-in-Chief Patricia Panchak covers world-class manufacturing industry strategies, best practices and public policy issues that affect manufacturers’ competitiveness. She delivers news and analysis—and reports the trends--in tax, trade and labor policy; federal, state and local government agencies and programs; and judicial, executive and legislative actions. As well, she shares case studies about how manufacturing executives can capitalize on the latest best practices to cut costs, boost productivity and increase profits.

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An award-winning editor, Panchak received the 2004 Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Award for Signed Commentary and helped her staff earn the 2004 Neal Award for Subject-Related Series. She also has earned the American Business Media’s Midwest Award for Editorial Courage and Integrity.

Patricia holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and English from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She lives in Cleveland Hts., Ohio, with her family.  

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