Oklahoma manufacturer Cookshack was honored September 28 with a Governor's Manufacturing Leadership Award. The award for excellence is presented to five top Oklahoma manufacturers annually. The award was accepted by Cookshack president and CEO Stuart Powell, owner Donna Johnson and production manager Jim Linnebur.


Cookshack has been a national barbecue industry leader, manufacturing smokers that help people make great barbecue at home, in commercial foodservice, and on the barbecue competition circuit, for almost 50 years.

 

Cookshack, manufacturer of smoker ovens for barbecue, has adopted lean manufacturing and the Eureka! Winning Ways product development program, with the backing of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. With the assistance of Manufacturing Extension agents Doug Taylor and Clay Buford, Cookshack has implemented the programs, which have resulted in increased production capacity and the development of three new products.


Says CEO Powell, "We are pleased to be recognized with this award. We have worked closely with the Alliance and it has paid off for us. With lean manufacturing, we have realized significant cost savings and increased our production capacity. We have done this without increasing staff or the size of our factory. The new products that we have developed using the Eureka! Winning Ways model will add significantly to our bottom line in the near future."


Cookshack manufactures smoker ovens for commercial, home and competition use under the brand names of Cookshack and Fast Eddy's by Cookshack. Cookshack has an industry-wide reputation for its high quality products and exceptional customer service. The company has been in business for more than 40 years and ships its products worldwide. Cookshack is privately held and is located in Oklahoma.