Gretchen Swain
Continuous Improvement Black Belt
Air Products
Allentown, PA

“Manufacturing is the backbone of any economy. Strengthening our manufacturing position for hard goods that are used here in the US and abroad will, in turn, strengthen our overall economy by decreasing our dependence on other countries, improving import/export ratios and maintaining/increasing jobs in the US.”

As Continuous Improvement Black Belt, Gretchen supports the Electronics Division’s manufacturing organization by running continuous improvement projects using Lean and Six Sigma tools.  Gretchen works with the manufacturing leadership team to identify and scope projects for the entire organization.  After completing training, Gretchen will coach other Black Belts on process methodology and lead continuous improvement activities.
Gretchen’s years of varied manufacturing experience has prepared her well for this important role.

Her career in manufacturing began with several hands-on engineering roles that allowed her to develop a comprehensive understanding of process excellence and capital equipment definition, startup and commissioning. Later on, she moved to roles that required not only a broad understanding of manufacturing processes but also the many subtleties required to lead, motivate, inspire and encourage individuals to work together toward a common goal.

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