As President and CEO of Harbour Results Inc., Laurie Harbour leads a team of analysts and manufacturing consultants to help small- to medium- sized manufacturers develop short- and long-term strategies, improve their operations, reduce risks and optimize business. Spending most of her life around the manufacturing industry, she utilized her experience and knowledge to found HRI in 2005. Since that time, Laurie has been responsible for developing both the consulting services and targeted tools to profitably grow the organization into a leading manufacturing consulting firm.
As a trusted advisor to the North American manufacturing industry, HRI monitors, researches and analyzes the manufacturing value stream to identify strengths and weaknesses, gaps and risks, and business and operational opportunities in an effort to help the industry transform to be more successful in the global marketplace. Additionally, the company is the leading forecaster for the automotive tool and die industry, collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis through Harbour IQ, our proprietary market intelligence tool. Laurie and her team utilize this information along with their expertise to help companies solve problems and improve business. As an industry thought-leader, she is regularly quoted in both business and trade magazines. Additionally, she speaks to companies and at forums on topics such leadership, cultural transformation, supplier collaboration, manufacturing, overall business operations improvement and manufacturing forecasting.
Prior to Harbour Results Inc., Laurie was Vice President and company officer at Harbour Consulting. Additionally, she was responsible for development and management of The Harbour Report, the landmark study of labor efficiency for automotive OEMs.
Laurie earned a BA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Operations Management and Human Resources and is on the board of directors of a small injection molding company in based in Michigan. Also, 2018, she was named Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing and Plastics News’ Women Breaking the Mold. Additionally, she was named Plastics News Automotive Newsmaker of the Year for 2018.
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