Jon R. Stegner
Jon R. Stegner, Director of Supply Management, Deere & Company, Moline, IL 61265
Bill Butterfield, Manager of Supplier Development, Deere & Company, Moline, IL 61265
Craig T. Evers, PhD, PE
Craig T. Evers, PhD, PE, Senior Engineer, Deere & Company, Moline, IL 61265
The continual demands of customers to lower costs force today’s companies to think beyond the traditional Continuous Improvement approaches to reducing waste. As a greater percentage of costs are outside the plant in the supply chain, it becomes harder to realize savings by addressing only that portion of the cost structure within the plant walls. A way must be developed to work with the supply base to lower the Total Acquired Cost of goods purchased. One important component of this is a group of highly skilled engineers who work with the suppliers to implement lean transformations throughout the supply chain. Results are immediate and dramatic. We call this group "Supplier Development."