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views. A class that has helped me a lot
since I graduated was the religion class
taught by Dr. Richard Hughes [professor
of religion], where I was able to learn and
understand the different religions in the
world, which has helped me relate with
many of my fellow students and under-
stand and respect our differences.”
Leclerc says the College’s business
administration department was very
helpful in providing him with insight-
ful knowledge he uses regularly in
his position as a continuous improve-
ment specialist at Leclerc Foods. When
implementing a new project at work that
affects the whole organization, he says he
often refers back to what he learned about
how to develop a successful integration
plan in a class taught by Dr. Neil Boyd,
associate professor of management and
chair of the business administration
department. He also has high regard for
Dr. Bonita Kolb, associate professor of
business administration.
Dr. Kolb might be the teacher who
has the highest expectation and requests
the most intensive work,” said Leclerc.
But after developing marketing plans
in graduate school with international
companies, I can now say that she truly
prepared me to successfully achieve
graduate-level marketing plans and that
looking back, the long nights [at Lycom-
ing] were truly worth it.”
Homemade goodness
Leclerc’s great-great-grandfather,
Francois Leclerc, began Leclerc Foods as
a cookie maker in the back of his family’s
home in Quebec City, Canada, in 1905.
Today, the business specializes in manu-
facturing a variety of cookies, crackers
and snack bars that are sold in 20 coun-
tries. Sales last year grew to $300 million
for the company that employs 650
and has five factories—three in
Canada and two the United States.
One of its plants is in Montgomery,
Pa., located just a short drive from
Lycoming’s campus. Leclerc says the
company opened the facility in 2002
with the purpose of entering the U.S.
market and becoming more competitive
in supplying its products to an ever-
growing customer base. Leclerc Foods
also focuses on the production of private
label products that can be purchased in
many of the major chains in Canada and
the U.S. Brands available in America
include Celebration and Praeventia,
which can be purchased in stores such as
Costco, Hannaford, Tops and Wal-Mart.
Market technology
As continuous improvement specialist,
Leclerc concentrates his efforts on find-
ing ways to enhance the company’s daily
procedures with a focus on the opera-
tions, quality and maintenance depart-
ments.
My most recent team project was
to develop and implement a new web
interface and application,” said Leclerc.
This allows maintenance managers and
purchasers to use tablets to verify their
stock inventory and to place purchase
requests in a very quick and accurate
manner while having a very appealing
interface. Our goal with introducing the
tablets was to remove paper forms from
our daily operation, reducing possible
mistakes through notifications. This has
increased accountability and improved
the flow of communication between vari-
ous departments.”
Leclerc says the company has imple-
mented some of the latest technologies
available on the market, which has al-
lowed it to be highly-competitive in both
pricing and capacities of production. It
boasts automated
warehouses as well as high-speed
production lines capable of churning out
1,000
snack bars a minute.
Our four automated warehouses
have allowed Leclerc to reach inventory
accuracy of 98 percent,” said Leclerc.
Automation has also benefited the
production staff by allowing employees
to continuously focus on the quality
of the products rather than performing
repetitive manual tasks.”
The future of Leclerc Foods
For Leclerc, the immediate goal is to
complete his degree at Hult, where he’s
learning how to successfully help Leclerc
Foods become an international business
with operations in numerous countries
around the world. Once he graduates, his
plan is to return to Quebec City to work
at company headquarters, where he looks
forward to learning from his father, who
has 35 years of experience, and his older
brother, who, at 24, helped launch the
Leclerc brand in the U.S.
My brother and I both hope we can
meet the expectations set by the previous
four generations of entrepreneurs who
have allowed Leclerc to become the
company that it is today,” said Leclerc.
I hope to become a global manager who
understands the various cultures and
mindsets of different peoples around the
world and to successfully make Leclerc
products a part of their daily life.”
I hope to become a global manager who
understands the various cultures and
mindsets of different peoples around the world
and to successfully make Leclerc products a part
of their daily life.”
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