Keith Ashlock

Keith Ashlock, VP Operations, has helped hundreds of manufacturers in Southeastern Pennsylvania grow top line results and improve bottom line performance. Keith’s more than 16 years of experience, dedication and support to DVIRC make him a go to resource for firsthand knowledge on the programs resources and contacts that shape the pulse of our region’s economic growth.

A mission-driven approach towards business development has made Keith a regional thought leader and all around expert on subjects pertinent to small and midsized manufacturers. His enduring guidance is known by many to reflect cost-effective and high impact solutions across industries. Further, Keith’s 21 years of experience working in Fortune 100 Companies, has fortified his expertise and encompasses extensive project management, operations management, facility management, and P&L proficiency focused on top-line growth and bottom-line improvement.

Keith is certified in Production and Inventory Management by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, Lean certified, an internal ISO auditor, and is a member of the American Institute of Plant Engineers. In addition, he is a co-host of the Industrial Leaders Radio series, often speaking at Chamber of Commerce Events and County breakfasts.

Significant Accomplishments

  • Advisor to electrical equipment manufacturer for over 15 years, Keith was instrumental in providing support and assistance in all aspects of the business, resulting in continued profits and an active succession plan.
  • In the industrial automation and controls industry, Keith turned around an inefficient operation, resulting in operating budget reductions, with a 35% increase in productivity.
  • He has developed quality-improvement teams for continuous improvement, developed ISO 9000 certification programs, and supervised facilities relocations. All efforts resulted in reductions of reject levels by 90%, reductions in lead times of 80%, reductions in cost variances of 60%, and annual budget savings of up to $ 1million.

Industry Experience

  • Food & Beverage
  • Textile
  • Apparel
  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Printing
  • Chemical
  • Plastics & Rubber
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Computer & Electrical
  • Machinery
  • Transportation
  • Furniture
  • Petroleum & Coal