Art Thomas

Art Thomas

Lead Service Manager for Productivity



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


Art has 19 years of manufacturing experience with companies such as Herff Jones and Best Lock Access. His background includes experience as Plant Superintendent, Manufacturing Supervisor, Quality Manager, Lead Quality Auditor, Metrology Lead Technician and Inspector.

Since joining, Purdue MEP Art has met with approximately 100 different companies including business in Logistics/Distribution, Medical Device Manufacturing, Automotive, Aerospace, Custom Manufacturing, Specialty Service and Mass Production.

In each case, he focuses on how to gain impact through the services including coaching, training and application. Art enjoys focusing on implementation and measuring results.

Skills & Expertise:

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 Purdue Six Sigma Black Belt.

He has experience working with companies on topics that include capital utilization, project management, productivity improvement tools (Lean, Kata, etc.) creative thinking/innovation, supply chain optimization, quality management systems & control, engineering processes, HR/labor/workforce development, leadership, facility layout, inventory optimization, and operations planning/scheduling.


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