22 Aug 2017

(BOLINGBROOK, Ill)—Aug. 22, 2017—Elan Industries, Inc., a Bolingbrook, Ill-based electronic controls design, engineering and manufacturing firm, is pleased to welcome Ken LaPointe to the company in the newly created position of planning/procurement lead.

“We are very excited to have Ken in this new position, which we created in response to our steady growth,” said Todd Thomas, partner at Elan Industries. During the interview, Ken exceeded our expectations, and we are confident his alignment to our values and team culture will continue to help us advance our business objectives.”

LaPointe has more than 25 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within planning and purchasing, as well as extensive global experience in the electronics and appliance controls industry. In his new role, LaPointe will be responsible for the overall leadership of Elan’s production planning and component purchasing areas and processes.

Prior to joining Elan, LaPointe was director of planning and purchasing at CoreCentric Solutions, Inc. in Glendale Heights, Ill. Prior to that, he was with TouchSensor Technologies, Inc. in Wheaton, Ill as purchasing director for nearly 10 years. During his career, LaPointe has successfully implemented strategies improving customer on-time delivery to over 99 percent, even through periods of sustained dramatic, annual sales growth of 20 percent or more.

LaPointe received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and a Certificate of Production and Inventory Control from DePaul University.

Elan Industries is a dynamic, growing, ISO 9001:2015-certified company that has been developing custom controls for best-in-class appliance OEMs since 1999. Last year, the company moved from their 10,000 square foot space, to their current 34,000 sq. ft. facility located at 650 S. Schmidt Road in Bolingbrook. The larger space allows for additional staff and has doubled the engineering, testing lab, and manufacturing areas.

“Elan works with OEMs to customize and design sleek, attractive looking platform controls to regulate temperature, speed, and other parameters on customer appliances like pizza ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, and ice makers. Our engineering solutions provide end users with advanced functionality like IoT and access to their controls, both on and offsite,” Thomas said.

Elan’s customer base is comprised of best-in-class OEM manufacturers who consider Elan a key strategic partner. Elan currently has more than 100 custom electronic controls in production, ranging from the simplest temperature control to highly complex multi-function platform controls. Elan controls can be found on residential and commercial appliances worldwide.

15 Aug 2017

Last fall, Elan embarked on a journey to implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS).

What is EOS? In simplest terms, it’s a proactive operating plan to support ongoing success that takes into account our short and long-term goals, with an analysis of our keys to success.

Why EOS? In 1999, Elan Industries began providing custom controls from scratch to commercial foodservice, premium residential appliance and industrial clients. We now count among our customers some of the most respected OEMs in these markets. These firms utilize Elan controls to present unique looks, phenomenal performance and the utmost quality in their equipment. Along the way, Elan implemented ISO, APQP design, 5S and other best practices. These programs improved our products, quality, internal processes, design methodology, etc. and showed our commitment to doing things the right way.

EOS applies the same focus to how our business operates! As a business owner, it is easy to believe that dramatic growth like ours (growth of more than 50 percent in one year!), validates a sound business methodology, and to an extent, this is true. But as growth brings growing pains, we looked to the firms we work with and admire and realized a proactive operating plan like EOS would be critical to support ongoing success.

  • Within Elan, we needed to identify the ‘special sauce’ that got us here, so it will remain a key component as Elan grows.
  • Externally, our customers expect the Elan ‘special sauce’ but they also consider supply chain risk. As a supplier, it is simply good business to be….a good business!

What’s Different at Elan with EOS?

Since we began our EOS journey, we now have a senior management team with 100+ years combined experience managing and developing technically based firms, including two owners who are 100 percent engaged in the day-to-day business.

Our five core values have been identified, documented and moved throughout Elan, starting with our number one core value, Customer Focus. In fact, our core values are now a key basis in hiring talent. We target and monitor meaningful metrics throughout our organization in engineering, production, quality, accounting, etc.

What does EOS mean for our customers?

EOS drives ‘how we do what we do’, helping Elan to grow while continuing to deliver the world class controls, support and experience our customers have come to expect.

If you would like to discuss this further, please reach out to me at tthomas@elanindustries.com or 630-679-2000 ext 2022. Thanks!