APICS Fox Valley Chapter October 2020 Virtual Business Tour and PDM

October 14, 2020
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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October Business Tour and PDM will be a virtual meeting due to COVID-19 and CDC Guidelines restricting the size of gatherings


Microsoft Teams Link will be sent day prior to PDM


Partnering with custom equipment manufactures to introduce innovation and automation into our processes.

Robert Laduron and Thaddeus “Tad” Klabacha from Linetec Corporation from Wausau, Wiscsonsin  will discuss an approach to developing equipment specification and establishing stakeholder ownership as keys to successful integration of custom equipment into a manufacturing process.  The presentation will focus on the importance of understanding the needs of all that are involved and affected by the process, including customers, operations, maintenance and safety.  They will also cover methods to develop ownership for each of these supporting functions to effectively transition custom equipment from concept to production.

The original plan was to have a tour of Linetec prior to meeting for our PDM dinner meeting.  Due to COVID, we will not be able to meet in person.  Robert and Thaddeus are planning to lead us on a little virtual tour prior to the main presentation.

Meet Our Speakers

Robert Laduron

Robert Laduron is the engineering manager at Linetec in Wausau WI.  Robert has been with Linetec for 6 years, working in both continuous improvement and engineering leadership roles over that timeframe.  Robert has over 15 years of experience with change management in engineering and operations at multiple companies.   Throughout his career, he has focused on effective integration of change into the manufacturing process, keying in on communication and employee engagement to maximize benefit and minimize disruption in the change process.   Robert holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


Thaddeus “Tad” Klabacha

Thaddeus “Tad” Klabacha is a Senior Technical Engineer at Linetec in Wausau, WI.  Tad has been with Linetec for 2 years and prior to that worked at Vista Outdoor – Federal Cartridge Company for 12 years.  Tad has held several engineering and technical leadership positions during his 14 years working in manufacturing industries.  He has led large technical teams focused on execution excellence to support operational goals for many different manufacturing processes and has extensive experience implemented large and small capital projects.  His experience and leadership responsibilities have taught him to focus on innovation that can be achieved through risk management and building strong cross-functional teams.  Tad holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.



$0.00 APICS Fox Valley Chapter Virtual PDM

$0.00 APICS Fox Valley Chapter Virtual PDM