Value from the inside out

Your Partner in Short-Term and Long-Term Value Creation

Tight Lines Advisors LLC was founded with a single vision and purpose: Partner with manufacturing companies to improve their operational performance at the gross margin and bottom line while driving their competitive position and creating true value.




Founded by John Abplanalp, a longtime avid fly fisherman with a love of all things nautical, the Tight Lines Advisors LLC name accurately reflects his unique methodology. It refers to the success that’s realized when the dynamic strategy and process are effectively applied and everyone in the organization ‘pulls together’ creating the Tight Lines effect of synergy and efficiency.

This methodology takes an “inside out” approach that focuses on working in close partnership. Clients implement sustainable process changes, drive greater productivity and expand capabilities, all while reducing costs. Through Tight Lines, an organizational environment is created that empowers enhanced performance at all levels and becomes the culture of the business entity to the advantage of all stakeholders. The result is operational excellence that is reflected in gross margin improvement, greater competitive positioning and sustainable value creation.




  • Tight Lines Leadership provides direction, focus and motivation so that every employee is involved as a stakeholder in driving the company forward.
  • Tight Lines Quality Focus increases product performance and reliability, while establishing and improving customer relationships.
  • Tight Lines Production dramatically reduces defects and scrap rates, allowing manufacturers to get the most out of their workforce and materials.
  • Tight Lines Communications allow for an organized, productive work environment that keeps all stakeholders informed and involved.
  • Tight Lines Operations maintains control with ease and efficiency. Precisely applied, the returns are inspiring to observe and participate in.

Tight Lines Advisors | Manufacturing Performance Consultants




John Abplanalp has spent more than 35 years in manufacturing. He is an experienced, respected industry leader and innovator who has learned from the bottom up. John began as an assembly mechanic responsible for the setup and maintenance of the aerosol valve assembly lines, most recently serving as CEO and President of Precision Valve Corporation from 2003 to 2013 and Chairman of the Board from 2013 to 2015.

During the time in between, John attended college receiving an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and an MBA from Fordham University. Returning from college he was awarded a position in the corporate offices as a business analyst reviewing various business ventures held by Precision. In 1989, he was promoted to Vice President of North American Operations and developed and implemented Total Quality Management programs throughout the Precision Valve Corporation. Through his leadership, the sales of Precision Valve Corporation increased from $250 million in 2003 to $343 million in 2008, a 37% increase in revenue over a brief five-year period.

John’s broad expertise and experience in strategic planning, management, OEE, operational improvement, plant facilities layout/design and international business provides an extensive knowledge base to assist clients in overcoming their challenges.

John served on the Executive Board of the Consumer Specialty Products Association from 2002 to 2015, including positions as Chairman and Assistant Treasurer. Throughout his career, he has been a tireless advocate and ambassador for the aerosol products industry. John has been married to his wife, Tonina, for 24 years. They have two children.



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228 Trinity Pass Rd.,
Stamford, CT 06903

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