Northwire names Mark Johnson vice president of operations

Northwire names Mark Johnson vice president of operations
August 18, 2010 - Northwire Technical Cable named Mark Johnson the company’s vice president of operations. Johnson brings to Northwire 19 years of professional manufacturing experience in quality assurance, process improvement and supply management. A Lean Sigma Champion, Johnson will further enhance the company’s commitment to providing quality products that exceed application requirements with fast delivery and no minimum order length or quantity requirements.

Johnson has held senior management positions with several multibillion-dollar original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Most recently, he was Lean Sigma Champion, Global Operations for an electronic manufacturing services company. Prior to that, Johnson's functions included director of operational excellence, director of manufacturing operations and director of cost management, Lean and Six Sigma. He also served in the United States Department of Energy for the United States Navy as a nuclear master machinist, quality control supervisor and quality assurance inspector.

Johnson’s new position at Northwire was created in response to growth and customer demand for innovative cabling solutions. Johnson will be responsible for manufacturing, quality, Six Sigma and Lean at Northwire facilities in Osceola, Wis. and Santa Teresa, N.M.

"Mark will focus on continuing to improve Northwire’s world-class manufacturing and quality systems and assist in expansion of our operations in new geographic regions," says Michael Conger, president, Northwire. "We’re very pleased Mark has joined Northwire, and his expertise in quality and continuous improvement are invaluable. These areas help Northwire and our professionals add value for our customers, innovate better solutions, increase our product offerings and expedite time to market."

Johnson’s professional credentials include Master Six Sigma Black Belt certified, Six Sigma Green Belt instructor and Project Management Professional certification. He has a bachelor’s degree from Albright College in Reading, Pa.

Northwire offers free design and prototyping services to encourage customers to explore innovative solutions. Specialized staff members help customers navigate complex national and international standards, agency compliance, environmental regulations and electrical requirements.

Northwire, a woman-owned company, is ISO 9000:2008 certified and is involved in continuous improvement processes, including Six Sigma, Lean, Project Management and American Society of Quality. The company’s quality control laboratory is a certified testing facility for CSA under ISO 17025. This laboratory subjects the company’s cable products to tests that surpass real-world conditions, including the extremes of bending, flexing, flame, impact, crush and temperature. Northwire also maintains various UL, CSA, IEEE and MSHA approvals and works closely with suppliers to offer RoHS-compliant materials.

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