Under Karl Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has grown to a company serving 360,000 customers globally with over 1,800 products – providing the most complete line of construction and industrial vibration products available on the market today.
His passion for Lean has led him to offering plant tours to over 9,000 visitors during the last 8 years, including over 300 CEOs, to see Lean operations first-hand and hear employee experiences as they demonstrate lean process improvements.
Karl recently was named Manufacturing Champion for the state of RI in consideration of all he did to keep manufacturing up and running during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Karl also got his diploma as a Clifton Strength’s Coach and he enjoys sharing his expertise on strengths, culture change, leading a Strengths Based Organization, and executing strategic utilization of Lean Tools at VIBCO. He spreads his unique perspectives as a member of the National Speakers Bureau, and in teaching positions at the University of Rhode Island.
Today Karl serves on the boards of Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Governor’s Lean Steering Committee, Rhode Island Lean Co-chair, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.