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Manager Quality Control

Lexington, North Carolina, 27295, United States
March 16, 2011
Contact Info:

Robert Kent Herman

*** ********* ****** *********, ***** Carolina 27295

Residence 336.***.**** cell 336.***.****


Highly accomplished manufacturing executive qualified for General Manager’s position with company demanding expertise in all aspects of operations management, P&L, manufacturing, engineering and new product design/launch.

Solid track record of successful experience includes optimizing productivity, improving profitability. Innovative and creative problem solving skills.

Team player with success in identifying, training and developing employees for promotion resulting in a strengthened team of competent managers

Performance-, process-, and results-driven in commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

Kaizen/J.I.T. certified.


Foam-Tech Incorporated, Lexington, North Carolina 1999-2010

President and General Manager of Operations

Direct overall operations of a rigid polyurethane component manufacturer with accountability for manufacturing, quality control, engineering, new product development, production control, tooling, safety and regulatory affairs. Company employed up to 120 across 2 shifts. Support a customer base comprising up to 300 national accounts.

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Reduced workforce by 20% while increasing production efficiencies reducing backlog from 8 weeks to 4 weeks

Stream-lined new processes in all manufacturing areas to improve production, quality, and labor savings

Increased profitability by 200% (1999-2004) until business was dramatically reduced due to offshore competition

Door-Tech Incorporated, Lexington, North Carolina 2005-Present

President and General Manager of Operations

This company was started by Foam-Tech, Inc. in 2005 and produced aluminum storm doors and windows.

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Responsible for the identification and acquisition of this company as a division of Foam-Tech, Inc.

Directed overall relocation, plant layout, and start-up of this aluminum storm door and window company.

Responsible for manufacturing, quality, engineering, new product development, production control, tooling, safety and regulatory affairs. Supported a customer base of 150 active regional accounts.

Lexington Furniture Industries, Lexington, North Carolina 1983-1999

Plant Manager

Directed manufacturing, human resource and engineering groups for Young-Hinkle Furniture division which produced annual sales of $28 million. Managed 12 supervisors, 2 engineers, human resource director and 550 hourly employees contained in 1 million square foot manufacturing facility producing household furniture and accessories.

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Improved product quality by identifying critical quality issues and establishing quality control stations at key manufacturing points to streamline components.

Developed layout and managed installation of modern lumber processing system to improve quality and production of lumber drying and cutting process

Vaughn-Bassett Furniture Company, Galax, Virginia 1980-1983

Product Engineer

Responsible for engineering new products from design through production for promotion. Directed the machining, sanding, construction, finishing and packaging of all new products for bi-annual furniture markets.

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Managed project teams for renovation and layout

Modernized quality control procedures

Redesigned bill of materials and route sheet engineering


Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry (1979)

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Furniture Manufacturing and Management Program (1980-1981)


First Presbyterian Church of Lexington

Elder, deacon , youth leader, Project Building Chairman of $2 million renovation

Boy Scouts of America

Troop Leader, Chairman –Ranks/Awards

Team Phoenix-Girls and Boys AAU Basketball

Assistant Coach

Sapona Homeowners Association

Past President