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Our Story

Our Story

RC attended John H. Patterson Cooperative High School, a Dayton public school where students alternated on a two-weeks cycle between a job and school in the junior and senior year. As one of the top students in his drafting class, he worked as a junior draftsman and blueprint operator in Plant Engineering at General Motors Corporation. After graduating from high school, he continued as a college co-op working in various GM departments while pursuing an Industrial Engineering degree at the University of Cincinnati.  Once completing his degree, RC worked for McDonnell Douglas Corporation as a Pricing Analyst, where he attended a Total Quality Management training class from Dr. W. Edward Deming in 1985. The most important thing he learned from Dr. Deming was that "management was 80% of the problem with poor performing companies because management owns the system."  As a member of management, RC always wanted to be an improver of the business system.  That started his Operational Excellence career journey with each position building on his knowledge and experience.

Caldwell & Associates LLC was founded based on a virtual global team made up of Master Black Belts, Black Belts, and Lean Sensei that RC led while working at Johnson and Johnson.  Each member of his team had sufficient manufacturing and engineering experience with a technical or scientific degree.  One of his team's primary responsibilities was to solve "Critical Business Problems" at strategic suppliers throughout the Johnson and Johnson supply chain, including Consumer Products, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceutical suppliers.  Vice Presidents and Directors would call on my team to resolve Critical Business Problems at the supplier, such as:

1.)  Customer recalls or complaints caused by the supplier

2.)  Product backlog or capacity issues

3.)  New product launch delays

4.)  High numbers of quality rejects

A team member would contact the supplier and partner with their leadership team to inform them of our collaborative approach to solve their Critical Business Problem.  The team members had to determine the root cause and develop short-term and long-term solutions on the first visit.  The first visit to suppliers in the US, Mexico, and Canada was 3 to 4 days, and oversee was 5 to 10 days, depending on the problem's degree of difficulty.  Their work was done effectively and efficiently.  In most cases, his team members would lead the project management of both solutions to completion.  His team was like a "Special Forces Unit" to resolve Critical Business Problems within Johnson and Johnson supply chain. Now, RC is using the Special Forces business model at Caldwell & Associates to help our customers and their supply chain.

Contact us if you have operational or process problems or situations that you need solutions to yield better results.  Your first consultation is free.  We will provide you with answers that will lead to safe, productive, effective, and successful results.


our CUlture

Our Culture

Vision

To provide and transfer world-class excellence to our customers

Mission

Our mission is to continue learning and applying Operational Excellence consulting, training, and coaching to improve our customer's organization and grow their market share.

Guiding Principles

Create Value for the Customer
Create Constancy of Purpose
Think Systemically
Assure Quality at the Source
Improve Flow and Pull
Seek Perfection
Embrace Scientific Thinking
Focus on Process
Respect Every Individual
Lead with Humility

Who we are:

We are a Christian company that provides and transfers excellence in consulting, training, coaching, and mentoring to our customers' employees.

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”  – 1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV

“Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." – Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV --  
Meaning - To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift.

We will work smarter and harder for the best results for our customers, their employees, and their stockholders.  We will do it with integrity, effectiveness, efficiency, honesty, and respect for our customers, our associates, our global community, and the environment in everything we do.

The quest for power is selfish, but the quest for excellence is maturity. Excellence is aligned with GOD.

Christian Outreach

Caldwell & Associates donates 10% of our earnings to our Christian Outreach and Fight Against Systemic Racism:

We are providing funding to St. Jude Research Children Hospital and Zion Global Ministries' Kenya Mission Building Projects.  St. Jude Research Children Hospital is a leader in the treatment and defeat of childhood cancer.  As a cancer survivor, RC feels a deep concern and obligation to support St. Jude's effort to save children with cancer.  As an African American, he is commimitted to helping Africa and his youth's neighborhood.  The Kenya Mission Building Project and Revitalizing Westwood One House at a Time are small steps in a long journey to uplift the global and local communities.

Fight Against Systemic Racism

Caldwell & Associates supports the Fight Against Systemic Racism, Black Lives Matter, and Anti-Asian Racism because we understand that it means equality and justice for everyone in the United States of America.  It is time for a change in America!  As part of our support, we plan to build an affordable starter home in the summer of 2022 in Westwood, a low-income African American neighborhood in Dayton, OH.  It is a neighborhood that has been left out of the federal opportunity zone, but we are trying to lead the way in revitalizing the community.  Mr. Byron Hodges, an African American Residential Design Consultant, designed the house.  He grew up in Westwood, and he is living in Irvine, CA.  The house will be build by an African American construction company. 

As the founder of Caldwell & Associates, I am committed to Westwood because I grew up there, my mother lives in the neighborhood, and it is a great neighborhood that needs redeveloping.  Caldwell & Associates' Fight Against Systemic Racism goals are not about making money, but all about inspiring and investing in Westwood one house at a time.   I understand that owning a home is the foundation of the American dream.

Certified Minority Business Enterprise

Caldwell & Associates is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise through Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) as of January 28, 2021.

Active member of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce


our EXPERIENCE

Our Experience

Ford Medtronic Johnson and Johnson Boeing GM
GE Aviation United Technologies Mazda Baxter Cintas

our LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our Leadership Team


RC Caldwell

RC Caldwell - CEO & President 

RC is a Lean transformation leader.  He has over thirty years of management, engineering, and manufacturing experience from Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, Goodrich Aerospace, Cintas, and Sinclair Community College in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and China. He led the Global Supplier Excellence Partner Development group that resolved critical quality and capacity problems at strategic suppliers. His expertise is in assisting and guiding companies with the transformation of their organization to world-class excellence through product innovation, Lean Six Sigma improvements, and self-directed teams for superior products and services. He was an Associate Industrial Engineering Technology Professor at Sinclair Community College for eight years. RC is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Lean Sensei. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science in Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University. RC is a proud member of the Women in Manufacturing and National Society of Black Engineers.


Dr. Andrew Lux

Dr. Andrew Lux - Principal Consultant

Andrew Lux Ph.D. is an Operations and Technical leader with extensive experience in overseeing and directing global operations within Class II and Class III medical device and pharmaceuticals manufacturing firms. His expertise ranges in leading business transformations (turnarounds), coordinating and leading strategic acquisition, business development transactions and revenue growth strategies for startup and midsized companies. His background is in directing companies ranging from start-ups to multimillion-dollar global business, including divisions for Johnson & Johnson, GE, Medtronic, Baxter, and others. He is skilled at building new operational infrastructures or turning around underperforming facilities to drive exceptional growth for expansions or position for acquisition. He has successfully implemented world-class manufacturing programs using Lean Six Sigma processes at J&J, Medtronic, GE and Baxter. Because of his technical background he has been repeatedly sought out to help maximize operational performance within engineering, quality, and operations functions. He has taught Courses in Operations Management, Statistics, Material Science, Lean Six Sigma, Business Development & Entrepreneurship. Andrew has MS and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a BS from Cleveland State University. He holds certifications as Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Quality Systems Manager. Andrew is Founder and President of JL Enterprise Group Inc.


Greg Battle

Greg Battle - Principal Consultant 

Greg Battle P.E. has over thirty years of manufacturing and engineering experience in the Aerospace and Automotive industries with GE Aircraft Engines, Ford, Coolant Control, and Lean Continuous Improvements. As a Senior Plant Manager, he leads The Ford Production System in multiple sites in North America and worked two years in Tokyo, Japan, with senior management building the joint venture between Ford and Mazda. For his efforts, he received twelve Managerial Awards of Excellence and three Departmental Managers Awards. Greg graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering while earning two All-American Football Awards with a 3.97 GPA. He played in the NFL for four years with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. He is a certified Professional Engineer, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and Lean Sensei. Greg is President and CEO of Lean Continuous Improvement LLC.

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