Karl Wadensten is a passionate, memorable personality with big ideas, big success stories, and a take-no-prisoners attitude. He is the president and CEO of VIBCO Vibrators, a manufacturer of construction and industrial vibration products in Wyoming, Rhode Island that serves 360,000 customers globally with over 1,800 products. He is a firm believer in the power of leadership and Lean to transform and VIBCO’s story is truly inspirational.
At VIBCO Vibrators, Karl has developed a Lean culture where continuous improvement is the norm and the pursuit of excellence is fully embraced by the VIBCO team. Throughout its Lean journey, VIBCO has gained and sustained dramatic improvements in inventory, lead times, SMED, quality, and has implemented literally thousands of employee ideas. Today, Karl and VIBCO Vibrators are developing the VIBCO Production System to attain the highest level of producing to customer pull. Karl also obtained his diploma as a Clifton Strength’s Coach and enjoys sharing his expertise on strengths, culture change, and leading a Strengths Based Organization. VIBCO has been the feature of two Lean training videos and the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.
Karl shares Practicing Lean from the Heart, his personal and professional journey to becoming a Lean leader of a globally recognized company.