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Smoker Craft, Inc.,

New Paris, Indiana

For five generations and counting, the Smoker Craft, Inc., family and employees have been dedicated to building boats that deliver better experiences on the water. Each year, the company puts their heritage on the line with new lineups that are responsive to both their dealer network and today's boat buyer. Most importantly, you can count on all the Smoker Craft, Inc., brands for performance, quality and service that are worthy to carry on their family's traditions.


Smoker Craft, Inc., has a very fine group of middle line supervisors who have not had formal leadership training. This group showed potential and a dedication to the company, which warranted investing in the training of these individuals, all for the future of Smoker Craft, Inc.


Smoker Craft, Inc., collaborated with Purdue MEP to conduct on-site leadership training. This nine-day professional development series included topics such as: effective communication and listening; managing time and stress; team building in manufacturing; leading and coaching for superior performance; and productive conflict resolution.


The Purdue MEP leadership training gave the company’s 12 participants more confidence in themselves. Additionally, the training demonstrated that these individuals have the necessary resources within the group to seek help and advice. This program gave the group a real sense of camaraderie and friendship. It was amazing to watch, for the most part a young group, grow and spread their wings. Smoker Craft, Inc., is proud of the effort these individuals put into their training, as well as the outcome.

When asked to list his three favorite parts of the class and then his least favorite part of the class, participant, Cole Hensel, QA Assistant Manager, responded as follows:

“Joe McMurry did an excellent job of creating excitement in the class and keeping everyone engaged. He was extremely knowledgeable and a lot of help in giving us the proper tools in helping us grow as better leaders. The group activities brought everyone closer together and created comradery among the group. I think all of us will take away a lot from this training, not only new friends, but new resources within the company. As much as I want to say my least favorite part was the required presentations, I have to say I really enjoyed not only the first presentation but also the final presentation. This, I believe, not only challenged me to come out of my comfort zone, but it also challenged everyone else. I think more than anything, this training was very beneficial and made everyone a better leader for it. It was exciting to see how far everyone came from the start of the class. There is nothing I would consider my least favorite part of this training. I enjoyed every aspect of the training. I am very thankful to have been given this opportunity.”

Cole Hensel - QA Assistant Manager - Smoker Craft, Inc.

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