Scott Smith is a new Manufacturing Extension Agent for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. He will work with companies in Canadian, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Grady, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa and Tillman Counties. He is sponsored locally by Canadian Valley Technology Center in El Reno.
Smith is a native of Blanchard. He formerly worked as the manager for government and economic development partnerships for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education. He has 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, having worked 10 years as a product manager and later general manager for Flow Boy, a construction machinery and equipment manufacturer formerly located in Norman.
“Scott’s skills, knowledge and experience are outstanding additions to our team,” said Dave Rowland, president of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. “His experience in the manufacturing industry combined with his vast knowledge of resources will provide a competitive advantage to the Oklahoma companies he assists.”
Smith is one of 15 extension agents working in communities across the state.
The Manufacturing Alliance works to bridge the gap between technology developers, research and development organizations and private enterprises. Training includes Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing concepts. Assistance is provided in growing companies through new product development, strategic planning and expanded markets. Other services include company-wide assessments that use a variety of tools to evaluate a firm’s strengths and weaknesses, including financial analysis and performance benchmarking. Engineering assistance for plant layout to maximize production efficiency is also available.
Smith’s office is located at Canadian Valley Technology Center, which has a Business and Industry Services division that works to grow and strengthen area businesses through affordable on and off-site training.
Smith has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He has begun post-graduate work on a Master of Educational Leadership degree at Southern Nazarene University. He expects to finish in December 2019.
In his role at CareerTech, he served as the liaison to the state Department of Commerce. He said the job entailed being a bridge builder from education to business and a dot connector for business to leverage the available resources within the CareerTech system. Smith also represented CareerTech as a registered lobbyist at the State Capitol working mostly on policy issues.
“I’m a CareerTech person,” Smith said. “Now I have an outstanding opportunity to help manufacturers get assistance in doing what they need to do better utilizing all the resources I’ve become familiar with during my tenure with the state department.”
Smith and his wife, Terri, have four sons—all of whom are Eagle Scouts. Smith still serves as an assistant scoutmaster in the Norman area.