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Manager Assembly Line

Loveland, OH
March 22, 2018

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Kevin M. Hogberg

Loveland, OH 248-***-****


Results oriented leader with 22 years of Manufacturing and Design experience in the automotive industry including transmission component design and release, CNC Aluminum machining, gear hobbing and precision machining, heat treat operations, welding operations and vehicle and transmission assembly operations. Led operations at 2 Powertrain Plants and 2 Vehicle Assembly Plants, for a total of 4 Ford facilities in 3 different states. A strong reputation for safety first and being quality driven while improving profitability through lean continuous improvements. Six-Sigma Black Belt certified leader who innovates, thinks strategically, clearly communicates, and most importantly inspires teams to higher levels of performance and is an outspoken change agent within any organization who isn’t afraid to take the lead.

Key Skills

Operations Management Constraint Management Precision Machining

6-Sigma Black Belt Assembly & Test Operations Welding Operations Heat Treat Operations

Professional Experience

Ford Motor Company Sharonville Transmission Plant, Sharonville, Ohio 2012 – 2018

A global automotive manufacturer committed to developing great products for customers around the world. Sharonville Transmission is the primary producer of gearing for all of Ford Transmission Plants in the U.S. The plant also produces a Heavy Duty 6-Speed transmission that is utilized in the F-250 through F-750 Super Duty line of vehicles as well as Transit Van’s and other commercial vehicles.

Manufacturing Operations Manager

Responsible for Operations Management of complex, high volume transmission gear manufacturing, Aluminum CNC machining and assembly areas including L&O, P&L and capital investment to improve business performance.

Led a team of 450 hourly personnel with a salaried staff of 43, which included 8 direct managers, 19 process and controls engineers, and 16 Production/ Maintenance Managers.

Manufacturing area produces 19 end-item component assemblies at a rate of 45,000 parts daily to support Ford transmission assembly operations at sister locations.

Appointed Executive Safety Champion for the plant. Launched several major safety initiatives including the “I-Care” program that resulted in a 52% reduction in FTOV’s and a 46% reduction in DART cases over 4 years.

Achieved “Best in Ford” Status for Aluminum Machining in 2013.

Achieved “2nd place Best in Ford” HPU (hours per Unit) in 2015 for 6R140 Transmission Assembly Line.

Implemented capital investments of $6.3 million in equipment and processes over 4 years that resulted in manpower reductions, quality improvements and efficiency improvements in multiple value streams.

Improved efficiency on 6R140 main assembly line by 20% in 4 years taking it from last place in efficiency in Ford to 2nd place through constraint management.

Responsible for approximately $100 Million L&O annual budget. Achieved an average 7% Year-Over-Year (YOY) improvement over 3 years in cost through capital investment and maintenance operations improvements.

Ford Motor Company Livonia Transmission Plant, Livonia, MI 2011 – 2012

Livonia Transmission is a Powertrain Assembly facility that produces automatic transmissions and transmission components.

Launch Manager

Responsible for launch of a $500 Million, new Bill of Process (BOP) transmission assembly line, to align capacity with demand for the 6R80 RWD transmission.

Led a cross-functional launch team of 65 hourly personnel with a salaried staff of 18 people which included 5 direct managers reporting to me and a staff of 13 process and controls engineers.

Most successful launch in Ford Motor Company history. Achieved internal target of line rate for 17 consecutive days in the first 17 days. No launch had ever achieved that target before or since.

Achieved “0” quality issues to Vehicle Operations downstream customers during launch phase.

Resolved significant safety issue identified during launch by working closely with the union to develop an ICA while securing $2Mil investment for PCA. The PCA was implemented within a year.

Kevin M. Hogberg

Loveland, OH 248-***-****

Experience – Continued Page 2

Ford Motor Company Livonia Transmission Plant, Livonia, MI 2008 – 2011

Team Manager – 6R80 Transmission Assembly Operations

Responsible for 200 hourly and 20 salaried employees supporting 6R80 Transmission production, engineering, and maintenance.

Led a cross-functional team of hourly and salaried to improve 6R80 assembly line efficiency and throughput in order to meet increased customer demand. This resulted in a 38% improvement in assembly line throughput from 105 JPH to 150 JPH in 3 years.

Due to these efficiency gains, the 6R80 Transmission Assembly line was awarded the Harbour Award in 2010 and it has continued to be awarded it every year since. First PTO facility in Ford to be awarded the Harbour Award.

Personally awarded the Global Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering TMM Excellence Award for development and application of the constraint management process that achieved these results.

Responsible for staffing and launching an additional shift of capacity to meet increased customer demand.

Team Manager – 4R70W Transmission Assembly Operations, Livonia, MI 2006-2008

Responsible for 240 hourly and 14 salaried employees supporting 4R70 Transmission production, engineering, and maintenance.

Final Chassis Superintendent– Atlanta Assembly Operations, Atlanta, GA 2005-2006

Managed largest department in the plant with over $20 million annual budget. Responsible for 450 hourly and 14 salaried personnel on 2-shifts. Achieved 100% rebalance target during line rate reduction which contributed to Harbour Award presented to plant in 2005. Plant decommissioned in 2006.

Productivity Optimization Supervisor – Vehicle Operations, Dearborn, MI 2005

On staff of Director of Manufacturing supporting cost and quality initiatives for multiple Vehicle Operations plants.

Business Analyst – Vehicle Operations, Dearborn, MI 2004 -2005

Analyzed and reported demand versus capacity projections in order to facilitate optimized plant efficiency.

Manufacturing Engineering – Body Construction - Mustang Launch, Flat Rock, MI 2003-2004

Appointed Framing Launch Lead for implementation of all body framing and framing sub-assembly operations for the redesigned Mustang.

Final Chassis Supervisor – Dearborn Assembly Vehicle Operations, Dearborn, MI 2002-2003

Managed 62 Hourly employees in Final Chassis to produce 400,000 Mustangs annually.

Consumer Driven 6-Sigma Black Belt– Powertrain Operations, Livonia, MI 2000-2002

Led numerous 8-D and Black Belt teams to successful resolution and implementation of cost savings, design and process improvements. Accepted into Executive Development Manufacturing Leadership Program - 9/2002.

Systems / Component Design Engineer – 5R55E/N/W/S Transmission, Livonia, MI 1995-2000

Redesigned, tested and implemented new 5R55E Pump Gear set to resolve customer complaint NVH issue.

Designed, developed and released new swaged pump shaft, which resulted in over $1,000,000 annual savings.

Applied for two (2) US patents in product design, specifically in hydraulic control system and lubrication.

Engineering Co-Op – Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Groton, CT 1993-1995

Developed and Assisted in testing and reporting results of submarine component shock, explosive and pressure testing.

Kevin M. Hogberg

Loveland, OH 248-***-****

Education Page 3

Purdue University West Lafayette, IN

Master of Science in Engineering

University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Six Sigma Black Belt, Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI

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