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Manufacturing Plant Manager

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 16823, United States
February 25, 2018

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Edward A. Miller

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State College, PA 16801


Employment History:

Operations Management Contractor & Consultant April, 2008 - Present

SINO GREEN FACTORY, TIANJIN, CHINA - Project is to complete Plant commissioning, teach and train plant operating management & supervision, and lead this light-gauge steel modular operation through production start-up. Manufacturing facility under construction. All equipment lists, tool lists, material lists, and manpower planning charts completed, Management and supervisory staff orientation and initial training completed. As of March 2015 manufacturing plant completion & production start on hold.

GARMAN BUILDERS,INC., LANCASTER,PA - Provided complete review of estimating, purchasing and sub-contractor policies & procedures. Presented proposals for improvements in operating procedures and recommendations for future growth.

NEOPOD SYSTEMS, FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Developed product flow, capacity and manpower planning for planned manufacturing start.

COLLEGIATE FURNISHINGS, INC,STATE COLLEGE,PA – Provided part-time Plant management and production supervision leadership to this eco-friendly furniture manufacturer. 2nd Quarter 2009 production and shipping volume was 31% greater than 1st Quarter with same man hours work.

ICON CONSTRUCTION,INC, McKINNEY, TX - Provided estimating services to this Light Gauge Steel GC and manufacturer of commercial modular structures for US Military and Homeland Security projects.

Haven Custom Homes, Inc. Operations Manager

Ridgeland, SC 29936 July, 2006 – February, 2008

Assumed responsibility & leadership for the plant operations including purchasing, material control estimating, engineering, personnel, manufacturing, and construction management for custom modular home manufacturing plants extended start-up.

During 1st 6 months we reduced the Plant direct labor percentage by more than 8%.

We delivered 65% of the 2006 annual sales during the last 4 months of the year.

During the 1st 3 months of employment developed, implemented and set the work standards for a safe and quality work culture.

Introduced and started implementation of CPI to the workplace

Started development of Sage Timberline Estimating Program to replace CostMaster spread sheets.

Engineered Framing Systems, Inc. Estimating/Purchasing/Plant Manager

Columbia, MD 21054 May, 2005 – July, 2006

Updated and coordinated the purchasing estimating, and engineering functions to provide better pre-contract customer service for this design/build engineering firm and light gage steel composite floor joist, panel and truss manufacturer. In April, 2006, promoted to Plant Manager and successfully re-opened the Curtis Bay manufacturing plant.

Increased all previous production rates by 72% during the 1st full month of operation.

Combined Estimating & Purchasing into single function and eliminated Engineering involvement following completion of drawings

Produced over 250,000 sq. ft. of light gage steel stud panels for multifamily & light commercial projects in 1st quarter of operation.

Austin Mohawk and Company VP Operations/COO

Utica, NY 13501 January, 2004 – May, 2005

Direct responsibility for leadership of company operations for architectural canopy, metal fabrication, and commercial modular building and shelter manufacturer. Major accomplishments included:

Reduced sales prices by better than 10.5% through better Purchasing & Supply Chain policies and procedures while increasing gross margins from less than 20% to 30%+, significantly increasing company’s competitiveness.

Wrote, applied for, and received a $100,000 BUSINYS Training Grant.

Initiated Lean Manufacturing training for all company personnel.

October, November, and December 2004 were largest production months in history of the company.

Quality Engineered Homes, LTD Manufacturing/Operations Consultant

Kenilworth, ON, Canada Vice President of Manufacturing

September, 2001 – January, 2004

Reorganized, developed, and coordinated Purchasing, Engineering, and Manufacturing for custom modular and panelized production package home builder. Hired in 2002 as Vice President of Manufacturing to continue the restructure the operation, develop required disciplines and build an operations and production team capable to meet all sales forecasts. As part of restructure:

We designed, developed, and installed a truss and panel shop capable of meeting all current production requirements and expandable to meet all future expansion requirements.

After restructure; developed, initiated, and implemented expansion plans for US market entry.

Trinity Industries, Inc. Plant Manager

Structural Steel Bridge Division March, 2000 – August, 2001

Houston, TX

Hired as Plant Superintendent and promoted to Plant Manager in 2000.

Developed and initiated Safety Culture, significantly reducing loss time accidents.

Developed and started implementation of Demand Flow Technology (Lean Manufacturing) to change plant from a job shop to a process flow manufacturing operation.

Developed and implemented MRO Purchasing and control procedures.

Started implementation of Preventive Maintenance Program.

Developed and implemented extensive facility capital reinvestment program for equipment and buildings.

Sunrise Housing, Ltd. Plant Manager

Houston, TX April, 1998 – February, 2000

Completed the development of light gauge steel stud modular apartment plant for the Houston rental market; capable of producing a 12’x48’ module every 20 minutes. To do so we accomplished the following:

Developed and implemented the Purchasing, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Processes

Developed and implemented Safety and Quality Assurance Programs,

Authored the Employee Handbook and Employee Safety Handbook

Revised Plant commissioning budget and project schedules

Developed and implemented the Plant operating budget

Developed Operations Manuals for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

Developed Manpower Planning Chart based on task and production volume

Trained young management staff for ongoing operations and future growth

Chicago Building Structures, L.L.C. Purchasing Manager/Plant Manager

Chicago, IL January, 1997- April, 1998

CBS was the first inner city modular home manufacturer in the US dedicated to provide affordable inner city housing with modular units built by untrained inner city youth, thus providing much needed low cost housing and low income jobs. The plant closed in April of 2008 following the sudden death of the company founder and the canceling of the company financing by the FHA.

Developed and instituted the Purchasing and Supply Chain Processes.

Developed and instituted the Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Delivery, Installation, & Customer Service processes.

Completed Plant commissioning

Started Production operations ahead of schedule

Custom Home Builder & Factory-Built Housing Industry Consultant

October, 1994 – January, 1997

Started, owned, and operated HOMEQUEST, a custom home building company in the Baltimore- Washington market. Sold and built 12 custom homes using purchased precut lumber, paneled wall sections and roof trusses. Construction managed all homes throughout the building process.

Provided consulting services to the factory built housing industry. Projects were located in Western Canada, New England, Puerto Rico, and New York City. Consulting services included purchasing, manufacturing, quality, supply chain, customer service, business plan development, plant commissioning budgets, sales & marketing plans, business plans, manufacturing facility design, construction budgets, plant site selection & preparation. Consulting services included development and implementation

Professional Building Systems, Inc. Regional Sales Manager

Columbia, MD February, 1992 – October, 1994

Expanded sales & market into PA, NJ, MD, DE, VA, & NC. Designed & opened Regional Sales Office & Design Center .During 1st 2 years: Increased sales by 286% & 175%

Kaplan Building Systems, INC. Plant Manager

Pine Grove, PA April, 1989 – February, 1992

During Plant start, developed production methods, increased production to meet sales volumes, maintained fixed & variable manufacturing costs, and coordinated production, purchasing, logistics, & maintenance to make KBS a viable profit center .Led organization through 2 successful anti-union campaigns.

Marley Continental Homes of New England VP of Operations

Nashua, NH May, 1985 – April, 1989

Responsible for all manufacturing operations including: production, purchasing, inventory control, logistics, human resources, QC, Order Processing, Customer Service, Security, & maintenance .Increased production by 57% & 42% during 2 years as VP. Reduced overtime by 65%

Ridge Homes, Division of Evans Products Material Control Manager

Milesburg, PA January, 1974 – May, 1985

Responsible for total supply chain management & product development. Negotiated & approved and contracts in excess of $40M per year. Developed & implemented 1st automated perpetual inventory system in the housing industry, Recommended material price hedging strategies including the purchase of commodity future contracts ensuring annual pricing forecasts. Involved in only Ex-Pit commodity trade ever performed.


Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. BS Accounting

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