UGN Inc. hires lean manufacturing veteran Donald Nelson as COO

UGN Inc. hires lean manufacturing veteran Donald Nelson as COO

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Illinois-based automotive components manufacturer UGN Inc. announced it has selected lean manufacturing veteran Donald J. Nelson as the company’s new chief operating officer.

“Donald Nelson is a proven lean manufacturing leader who has a history of instituting game-changing sales and operations processes,” said in a statement Peter Anthony, president and CEO of UGN.

“The lean manufacturing methodology is a best practice in automotive manufacturing circles,” Anthony added. “It’s always been crucial to our success at UGN, and Donald’s expertise and dedication to lean tactics is just one of the many reasons we’re happy to have him aboard.”

“I’m very excited to be working at a company like UGN,” Nelson said. “It’s a great opportunity to take on the role of COO during this period of continued growth,” he added, in reference to the expanded facility UGN recently opened in Silao, Guanajuato.

Nelson has also held senior operational positions in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Prior to UGN, he was the head of Global Operations for Twin Disc, a US$200 million publicly-traded manufacturer of power transmission equipment. In this role, he instituted Lean Transformation and Change Management principles which resulted in significant productivity increases and saved millions in annual operating costs. The official also served as Group Vice Executive Vice President at Rexnord Industries, LLC since 2014. He Joined Rexnord in 2006. 

Nelson officially started at UGN on Thursday, May 31st, 2018, and reports to Anthony as part of the executive team.

The new UGN location in Guanajuato facilitates production of virtually the entire UGN product portfolio which includes dash and engine side insulators, package tray assemblies, trunk systems, wheelhouse liners, underfloor modules, and floor carpets.

The company supplies products for Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and Mazda, which last year awarded UGN as a quality supplier for the interior and acoustical parts it provides to the Mazda2 and Mazda3 vehicles the Japanese automaker builds in Guanajuato.


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