LION Senior Vice President, Andrew T (Terry) Smith, Presenting at MESA Conference

Chandler, Arizona, USA (September 1, 2011) — LION subsidiary LVI and MESA International are pleased to announce that Andrew T (Terry) Smith, LVI Senior Vice President, will present at MESA’s 2011 North American Conference.  The 2011 MESA Conference, held Sept. 19 to 21 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, revolves around the highly topical theme “Cloudy with a Chance for Profits”.  This year’s agenda showcases real-world examples of how companies are cutting through the clutter and achieving real-time operations excellence.

Terry’s presentation is from 11 AM to Noon on Wednesday, September 21. Terry will discuss the approach LVI used to reinvent its supply chain to achieve “Best of Breed” capabilities. The results changed LVI’s competitive position in the marketplace by dramatically increasing throughput, decreasing costs, and enhancing customer satisfaction. The changes were so effective that LVI was recently named Progressive Manufacture of the Year for 2011 by Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a division of Thomas Publishing and publishers of Managing Automation Magazine.

“In order to remain competitive in the global economy, manufacturers need to improve productivity and drive profitability,” says John Southcott, chair, MESA International. “The North American Conference provides a platform for the discussion, collaboration and insight necessary to improve operations management and succeed in this rapidly changing economy.”

About Lion

Lion Inc. is a 112-year-old, family owned company based in Dayton, Ohio, USA. LION manufactures Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for emergency services personnel, first responders and warfighters across the globe.  LION operates in the public safety market, which encompasses fire, safety, and emergency services for federal, state and municipal governments and for the military; the company also provides supply chain support for clothing and individual equipment for military and selected civilian agencies.  In the public safety markets, LION (and its affiliates) is the largest provider of fire fighter’s personal protective equipment (PPE) in the world.  In the military market, LION, through its subsidiary Lion Vallen Industries (LVI), is the largest provider of managed supply chain services clothing, individual combat gear, and personal protective equipment through its contracts with the German military (Bundeswehr), the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

About MESA

MESA International is a global community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers focused on improving Operations Management capabilities through the effective application of technology solutions and best practices. The organization collects, shares and publishes best practices and guidance to drive greater productivity and the overall profitability of the manufacturing enterprise; facilitates innovation and collaboration to enable the real-time enterprise and Plant to Enterprise integration; and enables members to connect, contribute, cultivate understanding, and exchange strategies to drive operations excellence. For more than a decade, MESA has been a premier venue for the manufacturing community to share and create unbiased information on the topic of solving business issues with technology.  For more information about MESA, visit or follow MESA International on Twitter at