Duncan Aviation’s Continuous Improvement (CI) team has two new members: Nathan Hansen at the Provo, Utah site, and Justin Morgan at Battle Creek, Michigan.
Since October 2015, Innovation and Continuous Improvement Manager Erin Hart has been soliciting ideas to help eliminate waste, increase efficiency, maintain safety and reduce costs at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln facilities. , Nebraska.
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“At Duncan Aviation, we are proud of our industry-leading position, and we work hard to maintain it,” said Hart. “We never take it for granted that we do things as efficiently as possible and look for ways to improve the way we do things. The idea behind CI at Duncan Aviation is to make meaningful changes that will have a positive effect on all aspects of our customers’ experience.
CI is an integrated philosophy that helps managers harness the creative ideas of team members doing the work to help identify areas where quality, products and services can be improved.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nate to the team as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position as Director of Innovation and Continuous Improvement at Provo,” said Hart.
After serving in the US Air Force, where he was a mechanic working on F-16s, Hansen took classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned a bachelor’s degree in logistics and supply chain management. He held several contract positions at Hill Air Force Base in Utah and, while working for Lockheed Martin, spent a year helping train the Iraqi Air Force at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq. .
While working for Textron, Hansen devised a process designed to increase the efficiency of painting landing gear parts while being more environmentally friendly. In 2020, Hansen earned his MBA from Park University and took a position with ADDX Corporation, where he primarily worked on modernizing communications systems in A-10 aircraft. It also developed a new company-wide quality management system based on ISO9001 and AS9100 quality management systems.
“Justin also brings many years of relevant experience and knowledge to Duncan Aviation’s facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, and we feel fortunate to welcome him to the continuous improvement team,” said Hart.
A graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Morgan joined the team at Stryker, a medical device manufacturer, as a quality engineer. There he deepened the concepts of LEAN management, where he learned all about continuous improvement. “Philosophy really appeals to me because that’s how my brain is wired — to be efficient, to eliminate waste, and to find the best, fastest way to do something,” Morgan said.