Haworth College of Business News

Net-Inspect CEO to speak on re-growth of manufacturing

The use of technology in revolutionizing the manufacturing industry will be the topic of discussion at a talk on Tuesday, March 20 on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Mike Dunlop, CEO and founder of Net-Inspect, a technology-based quality system company, headquartered in Kirkland, Wash., will talk about the changes taking place in American manufacturing in Brown Auditorium in Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. The talk begins at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public.Reservations can be made by contacting (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Dunlop’s talk, “The Rebirth of American Manufacturing through Supply Chain Excellence,” will provide perspectives on competitiveness, employment and the use of technology in the manufacturing environment.

After seventeen years in turnaround consulting, Dunlop, a British expatriate, founded QPM Aerospace in 1998, a company which he grew from $400,000 to $40 million in sales during the ten years he was at its helm.  QPM was named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the fastest growing private businesses in Washington State on three separate occasions.

Due to the critical nature of the aerospace components that QPM produced, Dunlop was continuously searching for ways to more effectively manage quality as it relates to complex components – and that led him to design Net-Inspect.

Net-Inspect is a web-based system that eliminates the need for traditional quality inspectors and prevents defective parts from ever being produced. The system is used across a broad spectrum of industries from aerospace and medical to electronics.

Now, eleven years since its inception, Net-Inspect is revolutionizing American manufacturing, The system is used by over 4,000 companies in 40 countries worldwide including Boeing, RollsRoyce, GE (Unison), Honeywell, Lockheed, Hawker, Cessna, Spirit Aerospace and many others.

Dunlop serves as a board member for Capital Industries (a northwest manufacturer founded over 50 years ago) and is an accomplished speaker who has presented at numerous conventions with audiences ranging from forty to five hundred. He lives in Bellevue, Wash., with his wife Karen. They have been married for over thirty years.