Hurd Windows & Doors has appointed Darrell Bender to the position of vice president of operations. Bender has 15 years experience in manufacturing leadership, with extensive experience in leading continuous improvement and lean manufacturing programs, and is already putting these principles into place in his new position, according to Hurd.

Most recently, Bender served as vice president of manufacturing of Oshkosh Door Co. There, he led key operation initiatives to improve shipping performance to greater than 99 percent, reduce manufacturing throughput times by 81 percent and led Quality Action Teams that improved the company’s quality and reduced costs. Bender joined Oshkosh after spending more than 10 years with Marshfield DoorSystems, formerly known as Weyerhaeuser Door Division, where he held several key management roles including continuous improvement/lean manufacturing manager.

Bender also is the author of Beyond Lean: Lessons for Leading Organizational Change, a training text book used today in quality and six sigma training at the University of St. Louis.

“Darrell brings a welcomed blend of experience, energy, passion and customer-centric principles — along with a proven track record — that will be a valuable addition to our organization,” says Dominic Truniger, president and CEO of Hurd. “He is already fundamentally rethinking our manufacturing processes to continually improve. We are excited about the direction he can take us for growth.”


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