Caterpillar Senior Vice President Dave Bozeman Talks Boring Factories at Smart Manufacturing Summit

When it comes to empowering and advocating for manufacturing, Caterpillar Senior Vice President Dave Bozeman reflected on some lessons learned in his 23 years of experience between Caterpillar and Harley-Davidson when he recently spoke at the Smart Manufacturing Summit.

"Be in the quest for a boring factory," Bozeman said. "Boring factories make money. Chaotic ones don't."

The Smart Manufacturing Summit, presented by Chief Executive Group (CEG) and Chief Executive Network (CEN) and hosted by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., was one of Bozeman's first speaking engagements since being announced the leader of Caterpillar's new Caterpillar Enterprise System Group. One of his messages to the crowd of about 150 is taking a holistic view of operations.

"Your four walls are bigger than you think," Bozeman said. "They include your supply chain, your customers and everything in between. It's not just the factory anymore."

He urged the audience of small to mid-size manufacturing company executives to avoid two characteristics that can seriously harm a company: arrogance and complacency. Even if you have a reputation of sophistication, there's always room for improvement.

Caterpillar will host next year's manufacturing summit presented by CEG and CEN.