Business Growth Consultant Ally Johnston with Enterprise Minnesota

Ally Johnston

Business Growth Consultant

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About Ally

Ally Johnston is a business growth consultant who works with manufacturers throughout the state to improve productivity, eliminate waste and build a culture of continuous improvement.  Her expertise is primarily from developing and implementing process improvement programs that advance quality, productivity and safety outputs.

Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota, Ally served as industrial engineer, quality systems manager, and operations manager for Genesis Attachments in Superior, WI.

A resident of Duluth, MN, outside of work Ally enjoys trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family.


  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering – University of Minnesota-Duluth
    • Concentration in Automated Systems – Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Sweden


  • Lean Leader Training
  • Six Sigma – Green Belt Certification, Black Belt training
  • ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditing Training
  • Executive Management Program, International Negotiations & Management
  • Business Management Certificate
Additional resources:

Enterprise Minnesota consulting services

State of Manufacturing® survey results

Enterprise Minnesota® magazine

Author Content

Leaning a One-Man Show

How Sagewood Gear’s small size heightens the need for efficiency.

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Throw Away Your Suggestion Box

Now in a new facility, Clearwater Composites boosts its bottom line through common sense improvements.

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Automation is About People

Enterprise Minnesota growth consultants Eric Blaha and Ally Johnston explain why the companies that succeed through automation view employee engagement at its core.

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Peerless Collaboration

Execs at MDI and AMGS use their peer council relationship to shore up their operations.

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Consultant Ally Johnston standing in front of a brick wall.
Finding Next Steps

Consultant Ally Johnston uses her diverse experience to help clients build on quick wins.

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A Truly ‘Niche’ Business

Eickhof Columbaria brings innovation and precision to the world of cremation burials.

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Empowering Employees, Improving Daily

The Weekly Report – January 9. 2023 Ally Johnston’s next manufacturing workshop will show business leaders how combining continuous improvement with employee empowerment creates an…

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Make Sure Your Space is Making Money, Not Taking Money

As supply chain uncertainties force companies to accumulate necessary parts and material, manufacturers are looking to grow.

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Peer to Peer Learning

Enterprise Minnesota’s peer councils enable manufacturing executives to get advice from people who know best: each other.

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The Value of Engaged Employees

How a culture of lean and continuous improvement helps companies improve productivity and increase quality.

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