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After earning his BS degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from OSU in 1986, Jason Axtell began his professional career with the American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa. During an eight-year tenure, Jason distinguished himself through progressive leadership from planning aircraft engine maintenance to leading a team of industrial engineers, architects and 20 contractors during the construction and commissioning of the Malaysia Airline System aircraft maintenance facility at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Jason was responsible for acquisition and integration of $45 million in specialized aircraft maintenance equipment.
Following his tenure with American Airlines, Jason established a productive consulting career serving in a variety of industries across a wide range of companies. He focused on lean manufacturing principles to achieve measurable and meaningful performance results:
- Designed lean manufacturing process layout for Osmonics; doubling filtration manufacturing capacity in the same space and improvements resulting in first year benefits of $610,000.
- Performed warehouse and distribution requirements analysis and participated in a customer service improvement project team at Seymour Housewares. Results were an order lead-time reduction from eight to three days and 40% improvement in space utilization.
- Streamlined auto brake inspection by 28% at Midas, Inc., with annual savings of $25 million.
- Utilized lean manufacturing principles with Craftsman Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc. resulting in a 32% reduction in cost of metal forming/assembly; annual savings of $570,000.
- Other projects included improvement efforts covering the food service, connector manufacturing, housewares, transportation, and furniture industries.
During this time, Jason completed CPIM certification requirements with APICS.
In 2002, Jason served as the Lean Manufacturing Champion for a rapidly growing aerospace company in Grove, Oklahoma. Jason became a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and led Kaizen events yielding significant performance results and greater cultural engagement while strengthening the company’s quality and continual improvement image within the industry.
In the summer of 2007, Jason acquired Iron Décor of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Iron Décor is a metal working company which provides high quality metalwork for residential and commercial building projects. Under Jason’s leadership, Iron Décor has become a valued partner of many Tulsa architects, builders and commercial developers.
Jason’s journey from Industrial Engineer, Lean Practitioner and Entrepreneur provide a set of life and work experiences which could be valuable in contributing to the mission of the IEM Academy, serving as a role model, a sounding board and mentor for future IEM students and faculty.