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Manager Plant

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013, United States
May 28, 2010

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Donald J. Shipman

** ****** *****

Carlisle, PA 17013

Home phone: 717-***-****

Cell phone: 717-***-****


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Objective: A Vice-President, General Manager, Operations Management,

Manufacturing Management, or Plant Manager position

utilizing creative problem-solving skills, well-honed

performance-improvement skills, strong leadership

qualities, excellent communications skills, a willingness

to take calculated risks for appropriate potential returns,

and an excellent track-record of improving Company/Profit



Qualifications: Over twenty-five years of Operations, Manufacturing, and

General Manager's experience utilizing Continuous

Improvement principles, TQM programs, Lean Manufacturing

initiatives, Six Sigma initiatives, Cellular Manufacturing

theory, development of Self-Directed Work Teams, and

generating improvements in the Sales & Marketing arena to

generate significant Profit Improvement and Turn-around

success. Experience also includes a turnkey SAP

Manufacturing System Implementation. Recipient of Bachelor

of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Rochester

Institute of Technology, graduating in the top 7% of my



07/06 - Present: R.E. Uptegraff Manufacturing Company, Scottdale, PA

A privately-held $12 million Manufacturer of designed-to-

Order and produced-to-Order power transformers ranging from

50kva to 15,000kva.

General Manager/Director of Operations

. Full Operational, Budgetary, and Profit & Loss

responsibility for the Company

. Improved Bid Hit Rate from 9% to 53%

. Improved On-Time Order Fill Rate from 19% to 97%

. Increased Gross Sales by over 60%

. Improved Production Productivity (Sales $/Man-hour) by over


. Improved Unit Production Productivity (Sales Units/Thousand

Man-hours) by 44%

. Improved Cash position of the Company by over $2,000,000

. Improved Net Profits from a 4.3% Loss to a 7.7% After-tax


. Instituted Annual Profit Planning and Budgeting

. Corrected several Organizational Structure and Reporting-

Line deficiencies

09/03 - 06/06: American Management Services, Inc., Orlando, FL

A privately-held $40 million Management Consulting Company

Senior Consultant

. Full Project responsibility for the successful financial

and operational turn-around of twenty-eight (28) small to

medium-sized companies.

12/97 - 08/03: The York Group, Houston, TX

A $148 million manufacturer of Wood and Metal burial


Director of Operations and General Manager - Wood Division:

(05/99 - 08/03)

. Full Operational, Budgetary, and Profit & Loss

responsibility for multi-Plant Division

. Reduced Inventory by 50%

. Improved Order Fill Rate by 22% to 99.84%

. Improved Productivity, Raw Material yields, Defect Rate,

Scrap Rate, and Quality Index

. Improved Operating Income from 10% to 32% of Net Sales

(Tripling Profits)

Plant Manager/General Manager - York Casket Plant: (12/97 -


. See responsibilities above

. Promoted in 04/99

11/94 - 11/97: Burton Rubber Processing, Inc., Burton, OH

A $200 million manufacturer of custom-mixed rubber

compounds, polymers, and plastics

Plant Manager & General Manager - Midwest Division

. Managed site selection, design, construction, expenditures,

and time-tables of $22 million Plant Construction project

in De Forest, Wisconsin

. Managed successful staff-up and start-up of ensuing $55

million/year Business Unit

. Full Operational, Budgetary, and Full Profit & Loss


. Achieved 27% Operating Income in 1st year, and 41%

Operating Income in 2nd year

10/92 - 10/94: Stewart Foods, Inc., Norfolk, VA

A $20 million manufacturer and distributor of frozen meat

patties, frozen chicken patties, frozen sandwiches, and

other frozen foods

Vice President of Operations

. Full Operational, Budgetary, and P&L responsibility in

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy situation

. Drove Profit Performance from $3.2 million/year loss to

$500,000/year profit in 14 months

. Achieved Annualized Profits of $2.4 million/year in the

last quarter of 1993

7/85 - 9/92: Carlisle Tire & Rubber Company, Carlisle, PA

A $90 million manufacturer of pneumatic tires and plastic

wheels for low-speed, specialty, off-the-road applications

Plant Manager (07/85 - 09/92)

. Full Operational and Budgetary responsibilities

. Increased Daily Production Rate by 66% by managing

bottlenecks and constraints

. Increased Daily Production Rate induced 60% Annual Sales


. Managed an 18% improvement in order fill-rate

. Improved Productivity, Defect Rate, Scrap Rate, Material

Yields, and Quality Index

. Achieved Profit Improvement from $1.5 million/year loss to

$13.5 million/year profit

. Completed Turn-around project with President and CFO of the


. Defined and implemented Turn-around Plan, direction, and

path at the Plant level

05/80 - 06/85: The Nestle Company, Fulton, NY

A worldwide, multi-billion dollar manufacturer of food and

food products

Industrial Engineering Manager

. Managed the Industrial Engineering Department and program

. Established and managed the Process Control Department

. Served as Company Representative in Contract Negotiations

and on grievance issues

. Nine major projects resulted in savings of $12.1


. Improved accuracy of Operating Standards by 18%.

05/77 - 04/80: Libby, McNeill, & Libby, Leipsic, OH

A subsidiary of The Nestle Company which produced,

processed, packed, and distributed canned and frozen foods

Plant Industrial Engineer

. Conducted efficiency, productivity, cost, yield, and

capital project payback analyses

. Twelve implemented improvements saved over $3 million per


. Promoted and transferred to Nestle - Fulton Plant in 05/80

01/76 - 04/77: Penn Yan Coach & Equipment Company, Penn Yan, NY

An $8 million Manufacturer of specialty mass-transit

vehicles built to specification

Chief Manufacturing Engineer

. Designed and implemented processes, layout, and standards

for a newly built facility.

06/73 - 12/75: Seneca Foods Corporation, Dundee, NY

A $50 million manufacturer of food products including

canned fruits and vegetables, fresh-packed fruit juices,

reconstituted fruit juices, and fruit juice concentrates.

Production Planning and Inventory Control Manager

. Purchased all Raw Materials and Packaging Materials and

maintained Inventory Levels

. Scheduled 7 Production Lines to fill Customer Orders in an

On-time basis

. Scheduled all shipments and material transfers

. Thirteen operations improvement studies resulted in

$850,000 annual savings

. Completed analysis justifying, and managed successful

installation of two additional filling and packaging lines,

resulting in increased Sales revenue of $8.5 million/year

and additional pre-tax profits of $2.3 million/year

Education: Rochester Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Science,

Industrial Engineering

Seminars: 1050 hours in many diverse subject matters, including:

Strategic Planning; JIT Planning and Scheduling; SPC; SQC;

TQM; KanBan; Participative Management; Labor Law; Work-Cell

Theory of Manufacturing; Inter-Active Communications; Self-

Directed Work Teams; Preventive and Predictive Maintenance;

Labor Negotiating Strategies; Capacity Planning; Lean

Manufacturing Principles and Theory; Six Sigma Principles

and Theory; and others.

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