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Plant Manager

Exeter, New Hampshire, 03833, United States
May 29, 2018

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James R. Schalitz

Exeter, NH 603-***-****


Results driven manufacturing manager with multi-faceted manufacturing experience. Strong management qualifications in safety, manufacturing production scheduling, inventory management, quality, warehousing, budgeting, human resources and capital investment. Excellent communication skills with all levels of employees.


CABOT GYPSUM, Port Hawkesbury, NS Canada 2017

Operations Consultant

Responsible for consulting with the management team to improve efficiencies and overall

plant performance.

Working with production teams to improve recovery

Working with the maintenance group to improve reliability

Formed task force to improve board appearance

Made formulation recommendations

Improved ergonomics by reducing sample size and reducing the number of dunnage

packs required.

Overseeing reliability/maintenance and the warehouse operations.

GEORGIA PACIFIC, Newington, NH 2011-2016

Plant Manager

Responsible for the safety, employee relations, quality and cost of a 24-hour continuous manufacturing facility with 100 total employees including 16 direct salary reports. Annual production capacity of 500 million square feet of gypsum board.

Full mix plant with paper and fiberglass mat products

Reduced changeover time from 60 minutes to 45 minutes.

Moved several low volume SKU’s to other locations and made them warehouse items.

Led successful rebuild and restart of the facility after a warehouse collapse.

Reclaimed 20,000 ton of stranded low purity rock.

Improved operating run wheel to increase high volume product yield by 4%.

Identified problem equipment and secured capital for upgrades of $2 million investment.

TEMPLE INLAND, Fletcher, OK 2009-2011

Plant Manager

Responsible for the safety, employee relations, quality and cost of a 24/7 continuous manufacturing facility with 110 people, manufacturing gypsum panels. Annual production exceeded 400 million square feet with a budget of $34 million.

James R. Schalitz 603-***-****) Resume Page 2

Created and prioritized a $500,000 capital investment program to upgrade the manufacturing operation.

Reduced additive usage while maintaining quality saving over $100,000 per annum at this location. This information was transferred to the other plants in the company and an additional $200,000 savings per annum was realized.

Implemented a raw material substitution in water rated products that saved over $400,000 per annum at this location. This substitution was transferred to the other plants and an additional $800,000 per annum in savings was realized.


Plant Manager, Boston, MA (2002 – 2009)

Responsible for the safety, employee relations, quality and cost of a continuous manufacturing facility with 105 people, manufacturing Sheetrock brand gypsum panels. Annual production exceeded 200 million square feet with a budget of $29 million.

Created and implemented and aggressive capital investment program to upgrade the manufacturing operation resulting in a significant increase in product quality and a % reduction of production delays.

Developed plans for and installed new technology that reduced wallboard weights by 5% and increased line productivity by 10%.

Reduced absenteeism 25% by implementing a 12-hour shift rotation.

Trained and developed the management team of 7 professionals leading to their successful promotion to levels of higher responsibility.

Corporate Production Engineer, Chicago, IL (2000 – 2002)

Responsible for the capital planning and management of a twelve plant region.

Gathered and analyzed data to make recommendations to the Regional Vice President.

Helped to manage numerous new production lines during their startup phase.

Created and implemented a capital training program for plant engineering managers and project engineers.

Assisted the Interiors Division with capital planning and management presentations.

Board Manager, Bridgeport, AL (1998 – 2000)

Responsible for the safety, construction, employee relations, quality and cost involved in creating new high speed state of the art production line.

Safely and successfully started up U.S. Gypsum’s first new high speed production line that ran 450 FPM with annual capacity of approximately 800 million square feet of board.

Hired and trained over 100 people for this new production line.

Gypsum Process Manager, Oakfield, NY (1992 – 1998)

Mill/Packing/Quality Manager, Charlestown, MA (1987 – 1992)

Quality Supervisor, Gypsum, OH (1985 – 1987)


Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Master Business Administration, Operations Management

University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell, MA

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