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Manager Continuous Improvement

Chandler, Indiana, United States
April 04, 2018

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John Schoonover

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

Kendallville, Indiana 46755


Strong / Lean / Continuous Improvement Leader

John Schoonover

**** *****rd Road

Kendallville, IN 46755



Vigilant on Safety, OSHA & Environmental, EPA Compliance

Accomplished Leader / Mentor / Team Builder

Committed to Continuous Improvement / LEAN Focus / Change Champion

Well Experienced P&L / Financial Manager

Focused on True Objectives and Cost

Extensive and Broad Manufacturing Expertise

Dynamic and Diverse Leader

Supply Chain Management Champion

Broad Business Wherewithal including OEM, JIT, tier-1. Automotive

Hands-on / Make-It-Happen Practitioner / Innovated, Entrepreneurial Problem Solver


2014 – Present Independent Consultant

Lean / Continuous Improvement / Manufacturing / Business Consulting

Leading and supporting companies in the quest for Continuous Improvement; Lean; Teambuilding; Accountability; and Communications initiatives. In addition, short-term assignments in a variety of venues and positions.

2000 – 2014 Taylor Made Systems

VP of Glass Operations 2008 – 2014

VP of Operations 2002 – 2008

Plant Manager 2000 – 2002

My responsibilities included managing and leading all functions (Quality, Production, Engineering, HR, Materials / Inventory, Customer Service, P&L…) of engineered, OEM, and JIT products including assembly, fabrication, and production utilized in a variety of industries.

Major Accomplishments: Refocused and maintained ISO certifications; Lean - Six Sigma Project Coordinator implementing Metrics based decision making; Focused plant management teams on Continuous Improvement techniques with quantum results. Utilized Supply Chain Management to improve performance (went from 2-4-week delivery on raw materials to 24-72 hours)

In addition, I championed three startups of “In-Customer-Plant” manufacturing / installation operations, including one in Mexico by utilizing Kaizen events and beta site modeling.

1997 – 2000 ITT Industries, Fluid Handling System, Archbold, Ohio

Engineering Manager

Managed all aspects of engineering in this tier-one automotive tube production and fabrication operation including capital, tooling and facility projects, maintenance, all major capital projects, and cost improves.

Major Accomplishments: Key team leader/player in successful plant turn-around, focused on key products and innovational solutions. Numerous successful major capital projects managed. Also, developed and implemented skilled trades apprenticeship program.

1991 – 1997 Elco/Textron, Xact Products Division, Brooklyn, Michigan

Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering

Managed and was responsible for the total manufacturing operation of this tier-one automotive supplier producing stampings, metal formed components, and assemblies. This included quality, engineering, production, customer service, inventory control, human resources, contractual negotiations, capital investments, and business planning.

Major Accomplishments: Managed 90% growth in sales over a six-year period with minimal capital or manning increases. Created employee involvement teams including; information meetings, development /training programs, fostered mentoring, and created a Tool & Die apprenticeship program. Was selected and served as a member of the Elco/Textron corporate ethics committee

1985 – 1991 General Electric Lighting, Dover Ohio

Manager of Shop Operations (1987-1991)

Development / Tooling Engineer (1985-1987)

Managed inclusively the stamping, forming, machining, and fabrications business servicing the lighting industry. This encompassed quality, engineering, customer service, and production.

Major Accomplishments: Reduced management and supervision by 50+% by creating a self-directed workforce. Developed and implemented a two-tiered pay structure within the union environment that resulted in being cost competitive in foreign markets.

1980 - 1985 Associated Spring - Barnes Group Inc., Dayton, Ohio

Supervisor / Engineer

Managed toolroom, punch press, fourslide, and heat-treat departments for this tier-one automotive spring supplier. Other responsibilities included tool design, quoting, machine programming, and quality systems implementation.

Major Accomplishments: Championed multi-plant consolidation efforts with very positive results. Fostered teamwork and championed a continuous improve culture. Developed, trained associates; and implemented shop-floor SPC program.

EDUCATION: Indiana Tech

Degree: MBA focus on management

Goshen College

Degree: BS Organizational Leadership (Summa Cum Laude)

Kent State University

Degree: AS Industrial Engineering

GE Management Development Institute

Manager Development Program

Sinclair Community College

Program: completed Tool and Die Making Apprenticeship

Certification: Journeyman Toolmaker

John Schoonover

1011 Richard Road

Kendallville, IN 46755


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Nelson Peters

Allen County Commissioner

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

260-***-**** (office)

Subordinate and Co-worker

Known over 14 years

Howard Mueller


South Bend IN 46601

574-***-**** (cell)

Business relations for 20 years

Tyler Winright

Manufacturing Manager

Angola, IN 46703

260-***-**** (cell)

Subordinate and Co-worker

Known 14 years

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