The Book

On the Plant Floor

Boots on the ground manufacturing professionals with over 50 collective years of experience on the plant floor. The book provides a practical guide to daily leadership in the manufacturing environment. The work is educational, inspiring, and entertaining to all markets interested in management and leadership improvements.

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About the Book

About the Authors

Our Founders, Bryan Geary and Carl Sorrell, wrote On the Plant Floor: A Practical Guide to Daily Leadership in the Manufacturing Factory, in the fall of 2012 to help manufacturing foremen and executives improve operations and profits.

Available at, On the Plant Floor is a manufacturing guide for both the new, inexperienced leader and the seasoned plant manager. Bryan and Carl draw upon their 70+ years of combined experience in hands-on manufacturing leadership to offer real-life solutions to real-life problems at all levels in the manufacturing world.

Chapters include:

  • Not Everybody is Like You
  • If You Don’t Care, Why Should I?
  • Do the Things You Don’t Like to Do
  • Manage Upstream and Downstream
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Emails are Evil
  • The Bean Counters
  • Guard Against Assumptions
  • Build a Culture for Success
  • Spread the Pain
  • Disaster Strikes
  • Failure IS an Option

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What readers of On The Plant Floor are saying:

Ida McCarty on May 1 2022

Easy to follow. “Great primer for learning how to operate on the manufacturing production floor. Easy terms to learn and explore in your production floor career.”

Jesse Hamilton on April 5, 2022

With high employee turnover a good read. “With the state of hiring employees we are currently in, we are in more need of basic operating processes and supervisory material.
I just reread “On the Plant Floor” and though written in 2012 is is standing the test of time. I am recommending this to all our new front line leadership at our plants.”

Artistk22 on December 22, 2019

Excellent book and information for new supervisors on the floor. “I’m about to work in manufacturing once I retire from the military. I wanted to get a head start with this book and it has provided everything that I need to get going in the right direction. I highly recommend it, even if you already have some type of supervisor experience. Thank you!”

Insensitive on December 15, 2020

Very insightful. “Love this book. It was very insightful. I’ve listened to it twice on audible.”

Fallingsnake on October 4, 2020

Good investment in your career. “Great read if you are new to management and leadership or just rethinking the way you have been handling things. The knowledge in this book can be applied to many different types of manufacturing or industry. It is an older book but still packed full of information to steer you in the right direction.”

Artistik on December 23, 2020

Great book with some leadership basics in the manufacturing plant. “This is a pretty high view with some great stories that point out things you can face as a leader in manufacturing. There are few books specifically but I would recommend this one.”

Windsor Prince on October 16, 2019

Useful Book for Plant Managers. “As plant manager of a small food manufacturer, I find a lot of useful information to solve my daily operation problems and enrich my knowledge. Unlike other books written by college professors with too many academic theories or calculations, this book is focused on real work experience of the authors to solve problems in a manufacturing factory. It is a good book for a plant manager.”