Jared Kendall to help Lippert with continuous improvement

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ELKHART — Lippert Components announced today that Jared Kendall has been promoted to the role of senior director of continuous improvement.

In his new role, Kendall will lead LCI’s team of lean directors and direct VAVE (value analysis, value engineered) team activities across all divisions within the company to support lean improvements and operational efficiencies.

Kendall has been with LCI for three years and previously served as lean director, where he focused on creating continuous improvement within the company’s RV products division.

Kendall will now expand his cost-saving and waste-reduction efforts company-wide by employing the kaizen philosophy, using practical problem solving, engaging operational leadership teams, and leading VAVE projects, the release noted.

“We’re continually expanding our Lean process improvements, VAVE team activities, and operational efficiencies, and I’m excited to see Jared take charge of these efforts,” commented Ryan Smith, senior vice president of operations at LCI.

LCI’s VAVE Team concentrates on several objectives including: chassis cost savings, optimization of chassis designs, improvement of manufacturing processes, evaluation of structural questions and/or concerns, OEM partnerships for the creation of new chassis designs, and the overall maintenance and expansion of structural guidelines.

“I’ve worked closely with Jared for about a year, and he’s shown a true brilliance at identifying areas of waste and continuing to come up with solutions to decrease that waste,” said John Ries, vice president of RV Products at LCI.

“He has a keen ability to lead teams, and I’m especially proud of him for his strong track record of developing and training fellow LCI team members on continuous improvement,” Ries added.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead such a strong and talented team. I’m excited to continue our cost-saving and waste-reduction efforts and to utilize our creative problem-solving abilities to achieve our improvement goals,” said Kendall.

Jared Kendall can be reached at jkendall@lci1.com

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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