With more than 20 years of quality and production experience, Lawrence “Larry” Higgins Jr. is the director of quality for Colson Group. He joined the company in December 2016 and is responsible for quality improvement initiatives, processes and performance throughout the organization.
Prior to joining Colson, he served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility at Eaton Corp. in Galesburg, Michigan, where he advanced to regional supplier development and quality manager. While at Eaton, Higgins led an initiative that significantly improved supplier parts per million (ppm) by transitioning production part approval process (PPAP) activities to a new center of excellence in India, allowing the plant supplier quality team to focus on supplier performance improvement activities. Prior to Eaton, Higgins was with Visteon Corp., where he most recently served as production and quality supervisor.
Higgins earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Q: What are a few of the near-term objectives you hope to accomplish as director of quality?
A: Near-term focus areas include setting the tone for quality in support of our One Colson transformation and global quality culture, implementing processes to improve customer responsiveness, and identifying systemic improvements within our U.S. locations to reduce the cost of poor quality. This all focused on improving the value Colson Group brings to customers around the world, and continuing to build on the trust and relationships our customers rely on.
Q: With your extensive experience, what are a few of the quality best practices you hope to apply to Colson Group?
A: Some foundational principles I would like to instill include awareness to leverage the capabilities of our global teams to support key quality initiatives, understanding that standardization is the foundation of continuous improvement and persistently identify and pursue systematic waste elimination.
Q: What is one thing in your career you are most proud of?
A: Having the opportunity to be a part of and contributing to the process development, manufacturing implementation and start of production for a greenfield site to produce fuel tank assemblies while I was with Visteon.