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Plant Manager, Director

Spokane, Washington, United States
April 03, 2018

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Conscientious, dedicated manager with exemplary work ethic; looking to apply valuable leadership skills gained through vast experience in Food, Dairy and Beverage Manufacturing Industries.


2013 – Present Kwik Trip Inc. La Crosse, WI

Plant Manager – Dairy Operations

Lead and mentor Production Managers, Safety Coordinator, Dairy Production Specialist, Receiving Supervisor and influence production supervisors – 138 coworkers.

Ensure compliance with FSMA, IMS and SQF Level 3.

Support safety and quality programs: Production Dept. Safety Award 3-consecutive years, Industry Safety Award from WSC-2016; Quality Award 2-years. Leading program this year.

Manage Dairy Lean Coordinator and Lean activities: improved run time vs. plan, increase OEE and ultimately reduce cost per unit.

Operational Expense: $30k savings - supplier contract negotiations - 2015.

2008 – 2013 Foremost Farms USA Waumandee, WI

Plant Manager – Cheese Manufacturing

Manage cheese and whey processing facility – 54 employees.

Oversee annual manufacturing budget.

Develop Operational Plan and supporting Strategies: Cost savings achieved through Boiler Blow Down Project.

Drive safety and quality: Yearly IDFA Safety Awards, Outstanding Quality and SQF scores.

2007 - Foremost Farms USA Wilson, WI

Plant Manager – Cheese Manufacturing

Manage production employees and supervisory staff to improve manufacturing efficiency.

Provide the foundation to produce top quality products and motivate employees to improve safety performance: Developed 1:1 Safety Talks – OSHA-Recordable Incident Rate at 15 improved from last to first at 0.

2006 – 2007 Foremost Farms USA Clayton, WI

Plant Superintendent – Manufactured Products Division

Manage, develop and review five production supervisors as direct reports.

Responsible for plant operations involving more than fifty union employees.

Lead continuous improvement efforts to raise the level of food safety and sanitation expectations through daily plant inspections that exceed industry standards.

2004 – 2006 Foremost Farms USA Richland Center, WI

Plant Superintendent – Manufactured Products Division

Manage, schedule, develop and evaluate seven production supervisors as direct reports.

Responsible for plant operations involving more than one hundred union employees.

Won Corporate Quality Award – 2005.

2000 - 2004 Foremost Farms USA Baraboo, WI

Corporate Quality Systems Manager – Cheese Division

Direct and assure compliance of thirteen cheese manufacturing plants to Corporate Quality Standards: Developed plant standards to successfully pass any internal or external audits/inspections.

Assure compliance with customer and regulatory food safety and quality expectations.

Develop and maintain Plant HACCP Plans, Quality Programs and Corporate Quality Procedures.

Plant inspections, internal plant quality audits and supplier audits.

Enhance employee awareness of potential food safety hazards through GMP and HACCP training.

1996 - 1999 Stroh Brewery Co. La Crosse, WI

Quality Assurance Supervisor

Supervise, schedule, train and review Quality Assurance Technicians.

Monitor product quality in all aspects of eight production lines, pasteurization, kegging, and warehousing operations.

Instrumental in development of TQM, personally trained and instructed hundreds of hourly employees on packaging process control specifications and process testing procedures.

1979 - 1996 G. Heileman Brewing Co. La Crosse, WI

Quality Assurance Packaging Supervisor



2017 FSPCA La Crosse, WI

Preventative Controls Human Food – Robert Strong

2015 UWM Madison, WI


2013 IDFA Baraboo, WI

Food Safety Workshop

2010 Ecolab Baraboo, WI

SQF Practitioner

2005 Wisconsin Council of Safety Appleton, WI

OSHA 30 Hour Course

2004 International Dairy Foods Association Nashville, TN

IDFA HACCP Certification

2004 University of Madison Madison, WI

Cheese Technology Course

2003 Ecolab University Sparta, WI

Sanitation / Food Safety Workshop

2001 Silliker Chicago, IL

Managing Food Safety and Quality Systems

2000 WI Department of Agriculture Baraboo, WI

State Pasteurizer Operator Certification

1998 American National Can Co. La Crosse, WI

Double Seam Evaluation Training

1996 Anchor Glass Co. La Crosse, WI

Glass Fracture Analysis Training

1994 G. Heileman Brewing Co. La Crosse, WI

TQM Deming Videos

1992 Crown Cork and Seal La Crosse, WI

Double Seam Evaluation Training

1990 Master Brewers Association of America Madison, WI

Brewery Packaging Technology Short Course


1983 - 1984 Western Wisconsin Technical Institute La Crosse, WI

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Management Principles/Theories

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