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Paul R. Coburn

Paul is an Associate for Max Productivity with over 35 years of diversified manufacturing background. He has worked for Whirlpool Corporation, Vulcan Materials Company, Kroger Company and Modern Tool and Die Corporation. At Whirlpool Paul served as Director of Finance and Material Control, Director of Manufacturing Operations at their Marion, OH laundry facility and Evansville, IN refrigeration facility becoming the Division Vice President at the Evansville location. While at Whirlpool Paul developed productivity measurements, global key performance indicators, developed and implemented goal sharing employee incentive pay plans and negotiated 3 labor contracts.

Paul has an extensive accounting and operations background.


  • Implementation of Lean manufacturing in a 50+year old facility that was recognized as the best in the implementation in the corporation
  • Implemented safety programs with lean manufacturing that achieved world class performance
  • Lean leadership that improved labor productivity by more than 40%.
  • Quality service incident rate improvements of 30%.
  • Successful labor contract negotiations.


  • MBA Degree from Ashland University in Ashland, OH
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Akron in Akron, OH
  • Six Sigma Management Training
  • Lean Focus Champion
  • Experience in union and non-union manufacturing operations.
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