Mena Tazegul
Industrial Engineering Supervisor
John Deere Engine Works
Waterloo, IA

“Understand your strengths and develop them into talents. Use your talents and turn them into performance. Always question status quo and think of better ways to perform. Work smart and work hard.  Keep in mind that everybody is unique and brings unique perspective to the work environment. We can all learn from each other.”

Mena oversees the development and deployment of work and pay standards to the union wage workforce.  She also coordinates updates and reviews of Value Stream Maps within the assembly departments to identify and eliminate non value-added work.
Mena has made significant improvements the overall operation of the John Deere Engine Works.  Before her arrival, peak single day production numbers were 185 units.  Mena has driven efficiency improvements to increase peak output to 240 units a day, keeping pace with internal partner demands and supporting OEM business.
Mena has created a new environment, shifting to a view of processes through a set of efficiency metrics versus our standard quality, safety, and delivery metrics.  This has been a culture shift for operations and has drastically improved the bottom line of the business unit.

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