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Manager Plant

North Royalton, Ohio, 44133, United States
May 19, 2017

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David Bode

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Plant Manager / Engineering Manager

Summary of Qualifications

Proven leader with experience in diverse areas including operations, engineering, finance, sales and quality. Results oriented career based on customer focus, continuous improvement and employee involvement. Demonstrated improvements in sales growth, profitability, quality, customer satisfaction and safety.

Leadership skills

P&L Responsibility

Annual Budgeting

Strategic Planning

Lean Manufacturing

Engineering Expertise

Product Design

Elastomer Development

Team Building

Process Improvements

Customer Focus

Coaching & Mentoring

Continuous Improvement

Recruiting & Staffing

ISO 9000

Professional Experience

Durox Company, Division of Wabtec, Strongsville, Ohio

Plant Manager 2000 - 2017

Technical Director 1998 - 2000

Plant Manager for 80,000 sq ft plant that manufactures rubber products including molded, extruded, die cut and assembled products. Key markets include transit, rail, heavy industrial and appliance industries. Manage all aspects including operations, sales, engineering, accounting and quality. Responsible for complete P&L, budget and strategic planning.

Increased sales significantly from $8 million/yr to $17 million/yr by gaining market share, adding new products and the acquisition of the Chardon Rubber Company

Profitability was increased from 5% EBIT to 12% EBIT by growing the business, implementing lean manufacturing, improving quality and reducing costs

Expanded the plant by 30,000 sq ft to include rubber extrusion manufacturing which was added through the Chardon Rubber Company acquisition. Completed the building addition and moved equipment into Durox within a six month period without losing any customers during the transition period

Increased Durox’s railroad market share and product line by enhancing product performance, developing new products and improving customer service

Installed an ISO 9001 quality system to improve quality and support the industrial customer base

Implemented lean manufacturing to reduce waste through kaizens, 5S, standardized work, value stream mapping and TPM

Utilized a quarterly incentive program that included goals for sales, profit, safety, quality, delivery and productivity

Karman Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio

Technical Director 1992 – 1998

Responsible for engineering, material development and quality for a rubber molding company that specialized in rubber to metal vibration products.

Expanded vibration isolation product line and designed a 25 page product catalog

Developed elastomer formulations for both new and existing products

Upgraded manufacturing processes and tooling to improve product performance and reduce manufacturing cost

Implemented an ISO 9000 quality system to improve quality and support the customer base

Lord Corporation, Erie, PA

Material & Process Lab Supervisor and Product Approval Supervisor 1990 - 1992

Material and Process Engineer 1988 – 1990

Supervisor of Material & Process Lab and Product Approvals for Lord’s Aerospace Division. Also developed new products for avionics and fixed wing markets.

Promoted to Material & Process Lab and Product Approval Supervisor after 2 years

Supervised the Material & Process Lab that conducted all material development testing including dynamic properties, physicals and analytical tests

Supervised the Product Approval group that developed all prototype samples for new aerospace products in Avionics, Fixed Wing and Vertical Take Off & Landing markets

Conducted formal product approval meetings for final product sign-offs into production

Led multi-functional team that implemented rubber manufacturing at the Dayton Ohio plant including rubber molding, metal plating, adhesive application and testing

GenCorp Automotive, Wabash, IN

Application Engineer 1986 -1988

Development Chemist 1984 – 1986

Developed new products, materials and processes for automotive molded products including engine mounts, bushings and headlamp seals.

Promoted to application engineer for the General Motor’s Fisher Guide Lamp program developing molded and extruded seals for the head lamp

Developed products and materials for vibration products including engine mounts, bushings and dampeners.


MBA – Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion, Indiana

B.S. Chemical Engineering – Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, Ohio

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