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Art Thomas

Art Thomas

Director, Business Development



Art is the Director of Business Development for Purdue MEP. As the leader of our business development/industry advisory practice, Art provides the team with the resources and support needed to develop and deliver transformational solutions to manufacturing clients across the state of Indiana helping to solve their most pressing business imperatives and optimize their financial and operational performance.


Art has 30 years of manufacturing experience as vice president of operations, plant superintendent, manufacturing manager, quality manager, lead quality auditor, metrology lead technician, and inspector. Prior to his current role, Art was a senior industry advisor with Purdue MEP specializing in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.

During Art’s career, he has worked with over 100 different businesses in the following industries: logistics/distribution, medical device manufacturing, food manufacturing, meat packing, automotive, aerospace, custom manufacturing, specialty service, and mass production.

Art has a degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Indiana University, a Master of Science in Information Technology from Purdue University Global, and a bachelor's degree in General Bible Studies. He also is a certified Purdue Six Sigma Black Belt.

Skills & Expertise: 

  • Capital Utilization
  • Project Management
  • Productivity Improvement (Lean, Kata, etc.)
  • Creative Thinking/Innovation
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Control Engineering Processes
  • HR/Labor/Workforce Development
  • Leadership
  • Facility Layout
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Operations Planning/Scheduling

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