Art Thomas

Art Thomas

Lead Service Manager for Productivity



Art is the Lead Service Manager for Productivity for the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center. In this role, Art helps Indiana companies achieve greater success through training, implementation and consulting services.


Art has 19 years of manufacturing experience with companies such as Herff Jones and Best Lock Corporation (now owned by Stanley). His background includes experience as Plant Superintendent, Manufacturing Supervisor, Quality Manager, Lead Quality Auditor, Metrology Lead Technician and Inspector. Art’s responsibilities as Plant Superintendent included integrated, efficient daily operations of Safety, Manufacturing, Assembly, Shipping, Quality, Process Improvement, Facility Maintenance, Machine Maintenance, Scheduling/Planning, Inventory Control Budget Planning/Monitoring/Reporting and Business Intelligence. Art was also responsible for the integration of a $12 Million acquisition into that operation.

While Quality Manager, Art was responsible for receiving inspection, in-process inspection, mechanical/environmental testing lab, metrology/calibration lab (approximately 5000 gauges (internal/external)), metallurgy lab and internal/external audit team. He has experience working as a supplier to mass market retailers, product design, international sourcing (primarily Asia, tool design/verification, contract negotiations and establishing quality standards).

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Art has a degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Kelly School of Business. He also is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.


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