Darlene Gardner has joined the team at Leonard Automatics as Purchasing Manager. Her duties will include building strong relationships with the company’s suppliers to reduce cost and inventory as well as to continue to streamline the ordering process. She is also part of the team that is preparing Leonard for ISO 9001 certification.
Gardner gained experience in the manufacturing industry at companies including IBM and Solectron in the capacities of Production Supervisor, Manufacturing Manager and Materials Project Manager. Her 27 years of experience in the industry gave her a vast knowledge of the supply chain. In her former roles, she developed customer focus teams to get in touch with their specific needs. Gardner recently worked with Leonard Automatic’s Steering Committee to implement a KANBAN program. This system is a scheduling tool that is used in lean processes and Just-In-Time inventory material replenishment to help improve production and reduce overall inventory.
Gardner has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Contract Manufacturing. This, along with her experience in Manufacturing made her a great fit for the role as Purchasing Manager for Leonard Automatics.
“I hope to be instrumental in broadening Supplier partnerships. Also, I applaud the team that make up this well established Company I represent with pride. It is a great and talented group of people working for Leonard Automatics,” says Gardner. “ Scott Abernathy, General Manager of Leonard Automatics says that “Darlene’s talent and wealth of experience will make a significant impact in Leonard’s supply chain management.”