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Why Plant Leadership Systems?

At Plant Leadership Systems, when we say we understand your concerns, it's because we've been there.

The Plant Leadership Systems Difference

Our consultants are seasoned process plant employees with experience in a range of manufacturing operations. We've been on the front-line, dealt with personnel issues, identified process inefficiencies, and used them to create training opportunities and the follow-up activities that lead to long-term, sustainable success.

We specialize in working with companies within the process industries to turn plant challenges into opportunities for improved performance and a competitive edge. Our solutions include people-focused topics such as conflict management and communication skills, operations areas such as plant safety and management practices, and highly specialized and technical subjects such as pharmaceutical plant equipment training and maintenance.

Plant Leadership Systems uses a structured but flexible approach to ensure success.

  1. We identify and train for critical skills.
  2. We make sure systems are in place to support these skills and handle changes as positions and skill sets evolve.
  3. We design a comprehensive development program that defines clear expectations, objectively measures results, and rewards performance to ensure long-term plant and personal growth for all involved.


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The foundation of any effective training system is the ability to recognise and define the behaviors required by an employee to successfully perform a job. Failure to fully define required behaviors leads to inadequate training, inefficient operation, and increased risk of incidents. Plant Leadership Systems has expertise in defining the skills required for jobs in the process industries, down to the level of specific, observable behaviors. Effective training introduces and develops practical mastery of the skills required for job success. Proper performance support makes it easy for employees to perform the desired behaviors correctly. Performance Management practices assure knowledge transfer and accountability for proper job performance.

Global Training

We help process plant employees all over the world improve productivity and find greater efficiencies. Cultures and languages may vary, but the issues faced by 24/7 process plants are largely the same regardless of whether they're in Europe, the Caribbean, or the Middle East.

We've held seminars in:
  • Austria
  • Qatar
  • Bahrain
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • Kuwait
  • Turkey
  • Hungary
  • Australia
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Canada
  • United States

Key Industries

Global consulting and training provider Plant Leadership Systems serves process plants in the petrochemical, refining, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries. By combining years of training experience with industry-specific knowledge, we help plants produce more, faster, for less.


We work closely with petrochemical and refining clients to improve plant floor visibility, emphasize safety, and empower shift leaders to think on their feet when confronted with irregular operations. In addition, we help facilities fine-tune their processes and shift schedules to reduce operating expenses.



Our pharmaceutical clients appreciate our practical approach to manufacturing operations and regulatory compliance. Our training system improves practical mastery and minimizes incidents of non-conformance.



We support the food and beverage industry with training approaches that help your workforce operate efficiently and in compliance with cGMP requirements.

Our People

We believe that the best leaders are those who have seen it all firsthand and faced the same challenges you do. Our consultants have earned their expertise through years on the job, working in a range of positions including:
  • Operatos
  • Engineers
  • Supervisors
  • Department Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Manufacturing Executives

Years of experience qualify us to offer practical, real-world suggestions that lead to greater efficiency, lower costs, and higher production for your plant.


Chris Dannenmaier
Principal Consultant and Chief Executive Officer

Chris is a chemical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the process industries, leading and advising on all phases of manufacturing operations. As CEO, he serves as our lead consultant, overseeing projects that help clients make dramatic improvements to the organization and operation of process manufacturing facilities. He also conducts training and seminars that expand the skill set of plant supervisors and managers.

Chris's career includes time spent as a process engineer with GAF Chemicals, as a production superintendent with Syntex Chemicals, in various managerial positions with International Specialty Products, and as director of manufacturing with Roche Colorado Corporation. He consulted for TTS Performance Systems and KBC Advanced Technologies.

He has helped companies around the world improve plant operations, working in the U.S., Canada, Austria, Switzerland, the U.K., Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. A graduate of the University of Michigan Manufacturing Executive Program, Chris also has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


To guarantee that you get exactly what you need to succeed, Plant Leadership Systems partners with a number of other firms and organizations that support the process industry. If you need a skill set that we don't have, we can help you find someone who does.
Plant Leadership Systems affiliates include:


A world leader in the development of innovative operator training simulators (OTS), Simtronics caters to the process industries and the educational institutions that support them.

Production Excellence, Inc.

Led by industry pioneer Jack A. Pankoff Sr., Production Excellence, Inc. is an international management consulting and executive development company that offers the popular seminar, "A Systems Approach for Your Plant to Thrive in Any Economic Climate."

Round-the-Clock Systems

An organizational change agent for the 24/7 economy, Round-the-Clock Systems helps plants understand and manage the impact of shift work.

The University of Trinidad and Tobago

A leading university with a full range of programs and degrees, UTT is also dedicated to training the workforce in the process industries.

Euro Petroleum Consultants

EPC is a leading independent consulting company with worldwide experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.