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Manager Plant

Dadeville, Alabama, United States
August 14, 2018

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Steven P Shea

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Ashland, Alabama



Production Manager with 43 years’ experience in wood related fields. A proven track record of being an effective organizer and troubleshooter. Areas in which I excel are as follows:

Hands on leadership

Developing procedures and processes to insure on time delivery internally and externally.

Broad knowledge of woodworking techniques and the kitchen cabinet industry.

Broad knowledge of wood finishing and equipment.

Implementing change.


CABINET COMPONENTS LLC. May 1 2017 to Present

Plant Manager, Bessemer AL

Responsible for the daily operation of all activities in the plant.

Major Accomplishments:

Changed the plant layout to give us product flow in a sequential manner.

Developed written plant processes to minimize the need for tribal knowledge

Remove all stock parts carts and setup a process for kitting doors.

Established minimum door assembly requirements by station

Built and installed downdraft sanding table that allowed us to prep sand doors on a progressive line instead of one piece at a time.

Developed a process for expediting fallout doors and components to insure on time delivery to our in-house customers.

INTEGRITY CABINETS May 2 2016 to April 7 2017

Plant Manager, Lineville Al

Responsible for the daily operation of all activities in the plant.

Major Accomplishments:

Established Team Leader positions for all departments.

Created minimum expectations for all Team Leaders

Created story boards at key locations to give current status of the schedule at any time.

Organized the plant with the use of pallet racking and defined locations of materials using signs and markings on the floor.

Established Daily Requirements for paint booth and spray equipment maintenance.

Developed a new process for pulling face frame parts to increase the output and improve accuracy.

Set up a process for the pulling of doors and drawer fronts

Set up a process to identify shortages and fall out and set up check points to make sure the product was expedited thru the plant.

Reduced overtime and virtually eliminated weekend production.

TRU – CABINETRY April 22, 2014 to March 3, 2016

Plant Manager, Lineville, AL.

Responsible for the daily operation of the rough mill and components manufacturing operation.

Major accomplishments:

Developed processes and accountability that allowed us to complete schedules on a daily basis.

Cleaned and organized the departments and turned Lineville into the “Flagship Operation” of the company.

Reduced overtime by streamlining operations on the floor.

Developed an easily identifiable paper process that reduced confusion on the floor while aiding us in meeting

on time completion.

Setup hour by hour boards identifying goals for each work cell.

CONNER INDUSTRIES June 2012 to March 2014

Plant Manager, Jackson MS.

Industrial wood products.

Daily operation of an industrial wood products/pallets business with P&L responsibility


Kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturer with annual sales of $230 million

Special Projects August 2006 to June 2012

Reduced over 2 million dollars in excess door inventory into usable product.

Face Frame Assembly Manager April 2005 to July 2006

Major accomplishments:

Eliminated all stock face frames and went to JIT manufacturing.

Did a complete department layout change and eliminated the use of pallets and pallet jacks.

Implemented a frame labeling process prior to assembly and after sanding to ensure that all orders were complete.

submitted a plan that would eliminate 27 hourly positions out of a department of 125 that is currently being implemented.

Prep Sanding Department Manager March 2005 to April 2005

Major accomplishments:

Reduced the labor force by 16% without affecting thru put or quality.

Implemented check off procedures prior to sending the product to the paint line thus eliminating shortages.

Installed conveying system to eliminate material handling.

Plant Manager Components/Finishing Plant January 2003 to March 2005

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of a two shift components machining, assembly and finishing operation. Currently employing three supervisors and 125 hourly union employees.

Major accomplishments:

Worked closely with equipment supplier and paint supplier in the design of a new overhead paint line.

Started operation from the ground floor and are using half the labor as our sister operations at the main plant.

After second week of production we were shipping 100% on time and complete.

Have established monthly safety meetings.

Have established a good working relationship with Union stewards and employees, resulting in zero grievances being filed in our first year of operation.

Justified the purchase of a new finishing line that is presently being installed.

ARMSTRONG CABINET PRODUCTS, Auburn, NE March 2002 to September 2002

Kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturer with company wide sales of $3 billion.

Plant Superintendent

. The Auburn plant is a final machining, finishing and assembly operation. The finish room consisted of an overhead line and a UV roll coat line for flat panel product. Responsible for the day-to-day operation of a single shift operation with the assistance of seven supervisors and 200 hourly employees.

Major accomplishments:

Took the millroom from three days behind schedule to being on schedule in one week and trained the new supervisor how to maintain it.

Eliminated overtime in the millroom.

Opened communication and gained trust from the union ranks.

Moved the assembly, shipping, frame and drawer departments during a 1-week shutdown.

Received an Armstrong Products "Managers Excellence Award" after my four months of service.

GRANDVIEW PRODUCTS CO. INC., Parsons, KS 1997 to 2002

Kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturer with $32 million in annual sales.

Plant Manager

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of a multiple shift production facility with the assistance of seven supervisors and 270 hourly employees. Other areas of responsibility included Human Resources, Scheduling, Customer Service and Traffic.

Major accomplishments:

Converted the overhead paint line from a hanging basket system to a true hanging system allowing us to get 40 % more product of the line.

Changed paint supplier from a major manufacturer to a regional manufacturer that was able to supply us with a quality product and superior service.

Implemented lean manufacturing therefore reducing labor and inventory levels while increasing throughput. Cabinet production alone has increased 56% in the last 4 years with a 22% increase in hours worked.

Took our expedited service order program from ready to ship in 10 days to 5 days.

Eliminated back orders on any item that was manufactured in house and reduced back orders on items from outside through better utilization of our scheduling system.

Implemented bar coding in the assembly and shipping department.

Made a complete production facility layout change while adding material handling equipment and several state of the art pieces of production equipment.

Reduced our tooling costs by 45%.

BRAMMER MANUFACTURING CO. Davenport, IA 1994 to 1997

Kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturer with $29 million in annual sales.

Production Manager

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of a multiple plant single shift operation with the assistance of five supervisors and 175 hourly employees. One of the many challenges with this company included working in a strong Union environment.

Major accomplishments:

Converted the production method from large batch runs to daily batches based on real orders.

Reorganization of three facilities to allow us to manufacture “Just in Time”.

Did a complete overhaul of the finishing system including the changing of finish suppliers. This change took rejects from a rate of 18% down to less than 6%.

Reduced the back order list that consisted of 15 pages down to less than half a page.

OMEGA CABINETS Waterloo, IA 1988 to 1994

Kitchen and bath furniture manufacturer with $60 million in annual sales.

Production Manager

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of a multiple shift assembly operation with the assistance of two supervisors and 65 hourly production employees.

Major accomplishments:

Start up, of the Summit vanity line of cabinets and accessories.

Was assigned to the finish department to clean up years of neglect to the equipment and facility. During that time I was responsible for the tow cart and Cefla paint lines. Went thru a thorough rebuilt of the Cefla line and implemented a “Just Like New “ program.

Startup of a second shift finishing and assembly operation of high-end vanity and kitchen cabinets.

Startup of the Dynasty semi-custom kitchen cabinet line. Took the cabinet production from the beginning level of 150 cabinets per week to over 700 per day.

Moved the entire Dynasty line of production into a new facility with less than 48 hours of lost production time.

Developed training and testing procedures for the advancement of hourly employees.

Omega is a state of the art facility. During my employment there I was exposed to the latest in woodworking technology. We went through many different layout changes with limited interruption to production.

BEAUTY CRAFT VANITIES Carnegie, Oklahoma 1986 to 1988

Division of Perma Bilt Industries Torrance, California

Manufacturer of vanity cabinets and accessories.

Plant Manager

Responsible for the daily operation of a components assembly and finishing operation assisted by 3 supervisors and 200 hourly employees.

Major Accomplishments:

Did a complete layout change of the finish mill to improve flow of material without the use of pallet jacks.

Removed all drying racks and saw horses from the two paint rooms and installed an overhead system with drying ovens using all company personnel.

Implemented pour down procedures and color check processes.

Introduced a new paint supplier that could service a facility using an overhead system.

Earlier in my career I had worked in various shops gaining experience as a production manager, production worker and cabinet installer.


Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee KS


Supervision Techniques KCK Community College

Behavioral Science KCK Community College

How to Handle Difficult People National Seminars Group

Delegating Effectively Scott County Community College

Giving Orders and Instructions Scott County Community College

Fundamental Skills Of Communicating Scott County Community College

Fundamental Skills Of Managing Scott County Community College

Quick Skills Self Study Dun & Bradstreet

Regmet Environmental Tracking North Carolina State

Cut Rite Optimization Holzma

EMT-D Certification Black Hawk County Community College

Lean Manufacturing Pittsburg State

Cellular Manufacturing Pittsburg State

Leadership Training Level 1 Cardell


Volunteer Fire Fighter / EMT-D Evansdale, Iowa 5 years

Volunteer Emergency Services, Salvation Army Kansas City, Missouri 3 years

Habitat for Humanity San Antonio, Texas

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