Former Precision CEO Launches Manufacturing Performance Improvement Consultancy
John Abplanalp Introduces Tight Lines Advisors, a Consulting Firm Aimed at Helping U.S. Manufacturers Achieve Optimum Performance and Enhanced Enterprise Value.
(March 2016) John Abplanalp, a manufacturing industry leader and former CEO and President of Precision Valve Corporation, recently announced the establishment of Tight Lines Advisors, a consultancy with values-driven operational processes for enhanced business efficiency, performance, and financial growth. Tight Lines Advisors offers a comprehensive and principled strategic operating approach, working with organizations that are truly motivated to succeed and evolve into world-class market leaders. Among the industry sectors the firm serves are plastics, injection molding, metal forming, packaging, assembly, consumer products and others.
Tight Lines Advisors’ holistic approach, branded as The Performance AcceleratorSM, recognizes that the most important component of successful companies and sustained market dominance is people. John Abplanalp commented, “For an organization to be truly successful, its leaders should lead and know when to be led. We spend considerable time in close collaboration with not only the governing board and management, but employees as well, to fully understand the shared business vision, aligned goals, and the various incentives that ultimately create long-term value.”
Abplanalp continues, “Our goal is to create a working environment in which driving performance becomes the culture of the entire business entity, for the advantage of all stakeholders. And, at the end of the day, we believe it all comes down to leadership.” The firm considers stakeholders to be anybody or anything that can either influence or be influenced by the company. These include employees, owners, suppliers, customers, shareholders, creditors, surrounding communities, and the environment.
WHAT’S BEHIND THE NAME?
John Abplanalp, founder of Tight Lines Advisors, is a longtime, avid fly fisherman with a love of all things nautical, who envisioned incorporating the positive connotation of “tight lines” to the companies’ business practices. The meaning of this term to an angler aligns with success. As advisors, they apply “tight lines” to the workplace environment to identify and minimize inefficiencies while driving both performance and value. The focus is placed on working closely with clients to implement sustainable process changes, while driving productivity and capability improvements, as well as reducing costs.
A HOLISTIC PROCESS FOR SUCCESS
Tight Lines Advisors’ broad expertise encompasses strategic planning, management, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), operational improvement, plant facilities layout, and international business. In implementing its five-phase Process, The Performance AcceleratorSM, Tight Lines Advisors begins with historical and real time data visibility and transparency of obstacles to achieve an improved work environment, quality and productivity. Improvement in these areas generates greater profitability and a stronger competitive position. Work progresses in a coordinated manner to attack and reduce the initially identified obstacles. Frequently during this process, the company will evolve and refine their organizational structures for accelerating and accomplishing even greater results.
During subsequent phases of The Performance AcceleratorSM, the client’s operational challenges are resolved as their transformation into a purpose-driven organization continues with the projected target of an 8-to-12% reduction in cost of goods sold (COGS) and improved competitive positioning. Finally, the company’s vision and long-term mission supporting achievements of its newly developed capabilities are refined or re-established. “We partner with our clients for ‘tight lines’ in all areas of operations, so our clients ultimately achieve gross margin and bottom line improvement, while enhancing their competitive position,” concludes Abplanalp.
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About Tight Lines Advisors LLC
Tight Lines Advisors LLC is a business consultancy with values-driven operational processes for enhanced business efficiency, performance, competitive position and financial growth. The firm offers a comprehensive and principled strategic operating approach, The Performance AcceleratorSM. This holistic five-step process is an inclusive partnership process, which results in sustainable operating efficiencies and open-ended value creation. Among the industrial sectors the firm serves are plastics, injection molding, metal forming, packaging, assembly, consumer products and others.
About John Abplanalp
John Abplanalp is the former CEO and President of Precision Valve Corporation. During his tenure there, John successfully led the transformation of the company into an effective and efficient global supply chain management system for the manufacture and assembly of more than 30 billion parts annually.
A hands-on leader, John learned from the bottom up during his 35-year career in manufacturing. He founded Tight Lines Advisors LLC to utilize his extensive experience in the manufacturing industry and assist companies in improving their operational performance.
John has served on the Executive Board of the Consumer Specialty Products Association from 2002 to 2015 and as their Chairman and Assistant Treasurer. He received his MBA from Fordham University and undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College.
For more information on Tight Lines Advisors LLC and its services, please visit: www.tightlinesadvisors.com
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