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#177 Guiding Manufacturers Through Change with Cindy Oehmigen

Today, Rosemary Coates speaks with Cindy Oehmigen, the Director of Energy and Corporate Services at the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, which is also known as MACNY. Cindy has worked with numerous manufacturing companies during her 30-year career, guiding them through change, creating team environments, reducing costs, and developing staff potential. In this episode, she emphasizes the importance of building a strong network and the benefits that the MACNY apprenticeship program offers aspiring manufacturers. We discuss how MACNY has assisted manufacturers through the unpredictability of COVID-19 and both disseminates and gathers important information about community health and vaccinations, and Cindy shares her perspective on the essential place that women occupy in manufacturing. She also leaves us with some pertinent advice for young women in the industry: don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and think laterally to get ahead! For all this and so much more, make sure to tune in today.

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Rosemary Coates

Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a best-selling author of: 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and 42 Rules for Superior Field Service and The Reshoring Guidebook. 

Ms. Coates lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with over 80 clients worldwide. She is also an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters.  She is passionate about Reshoring.


Cindy Oehmigen

Cindy Oehmigen, Director of Energy and Corporate Services for MACNY, has worked with companies guiding them through change, creating team environments, reducing costs, and developing staff potential. With over 30 years of diversified manufacturing and engineering experience in union and non-union settings, she has led implementation teams in the Shin Jujitsu approach to lean manufacturing, lean plant layout and lean product development. In addition to conducting several seminars to certify facilitators in problem solving and team facilitation, she designed and implemented goal based employee appraisal systems, a 360 degree feedback process, and job description processes.

Cindy has consulted with over 100 companies on lean manufacturing, tech transfer, problem solving, organizational development, project management, business start-up, marketing, environmental, quality systems and provided connections for clients with Clarkson, Cornell, Syracuse University, RPI, LeMoyne, Oswego State and Onondaga Community College. As a certified trainer in all three ‘Training Within Industry’ modules and a facilitator in team building, problem solving tools, process improvement, lean manufacturing, kaizen events, and project management, she has delivered programs to hundreds of employees.

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