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Director of Operations / Plant Manager

Ephrata, Pennsylvania, United States
August 24, 2018

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Brian James Mell

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Stevens, PA *7578


Objective: Obtain a general manager / director/ manager position in operations, quality or engineering.

Education: Pennsylvania State University, December 1989

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Lebanon Valley College, December 2005

Master of Business Administration

Training: LEAN – Belden sponsored

6 Sigma Black Belt – Armstrong sponsored

Trail-blazing – Armstrong sponsored

Statistics Trained (PSU) – Minitab and DOE’s

American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) – courses completed in JIT,

Basics of Supply Chain Management, Material & Capacity Requirements Planning

Basic Supervision I & II (28hrs) – PSU sponsored at New Holland

Supervisor Development Program – HR policies, employment law, etc. – NH sponsored

Leadership Through Customer Satisfaction – problem solving processes, quality

improvement process, developing interpersonal behaviors – NH sponsored

Competency Assessment Team Management – TMDC sponsored at NH

Total Quality Management (TQM) – Raytheon sponsored

ISO9001 Auditor / Teacher – Raytheon & New Holland sponsored

Statistical Process Control (SPC) - Raytheon sponsored

Maynard Operational Sequence Techniques (MOST) certified – time study

Simulation Modeling (SIMAN Language) - PSU sponsored

Computer Knowledge in all Microsoft software


Oakworks, Inc. (Medical Products) Mar 2014 – Jun 2018 New Freedom, PA

Director of Operations and Innovation

Responsible for production, supply chain, manufacturing engineering, R&D, customer service

Manage and direct 80 people in the department.

Responsible for safety, quality, OTD, productivity and budgets in the department.

Developed and implemented new product lines.

Improved quality management system in relation to FDA guidelines and ISO13485.

Manage KPI’s, implemented LEAN / 5S / Quality on the floor.

P&L budget responsibilities and management.

Johnson Controls Inc. (Heavy Machinery) Jan 2012 – Mar 2014 York, PA

Operations Manager

Manage and direct 90 people in the department (manufacturing of compressors).

Responsible for safety, quality, OTD, productivity and budgets in the department.

Established new TPM and PM system in department.

Established new Quality Correction Action system for Scrap Reduction.

Manage KPI’s, LEAN initiatives, 5S.

Machining to Navy standards and quality guidelines, capability to .0001 tolerances.

Hirschmann – a Belden Co. (Electronics) Mar 2006 – Dec 2011 Chambersburg, PA

Director of Operations & Technology

Responsible for production, logistics, warehouse, purchasing, engineering and quality departments.

Responsible for personnel and budgets in each department.

Worked with LEAN daily management and continuous improvement process to hit goals in each department.

Oversaw building and moving into new start-of-the-art facility.

Director of Operations & Quality

Responsible for production, logistics, warehouse, purchasing and quality departments.

Implemented 5S LEAN in departments.

Oversaw new building design / transfer.

Improvement projects included: bar coding into warehouse, improved MRP system, inventory reduction, supplier performance measures.

Quality Manager

Developed and implemented quality management system.

Established ISO9001:2000 certification.

Responsible for quality budget, inspection and warranty process.

Armstrong W.I. (Flooring – Process Plant) Apr 2001 – Mar 2006 Lancaster, PA

Senior Project Industrial Engineer

6 Sigma Green Belt and Trail-blazing cost reduction projects.

Ergonomic Projects to improve safety performance.

Owner of plant measurements and systems.

Capital Projects and Cost Improvement Projects (100K-300K projects).

Lean manufacturing techniques and projects.

CNH Inc. (Farm Equip. – Heavy Machinery) Sep 1994 – Apr 2001 New Holland, PA

Project Manufacturing Engineer & Cylinder/Machine Shop Manufacturing Engineer

Worked on various projects at 4 plant locations which include: single source all production hardware at all the plants to reduce inventory, long range planning & capacity analysis of machinery, product evaluations, single source all MRO products, various material handling projects.

Standardized manufacturing processes and parts - working with design groups.

Improved quality: introduced welding standards, investigated & corrected customer returns and warranty issues.

Reduced cost of products with capital investments in parts making machines, assembly machines, and welding robots.

Purchasing CNC machines, precision tolerancing to .0001 tolerancing

Production Supervisor – Cylinder / Machine Shop

Supervised the use of manpower, materials, and equipment within the assigned section to ensure meeting overall production schedules in terms of quality, cost and delivery dates.

Operated with multi-million-dollar budget and capital equipment.

Supervised 30 people producing 200,000 cylinders per year at 150 variations.

Production Control Planner

Planned production shop to reduce backlog, level machine load, control inventory of raw material and component parts, determine lot sizes, determine hours to run machines, keep accurate inventory, release orders, run MRP.

Florence, SC

Amana Corporation (Appliances) May 1990 - Sep 1994 Topton, PA

Industrial Engineer - Fabrication

Established labor performance recording system involved with labor utilization and performance off the standard rate in fabrication shop and determining proper shop planning.

Improved methods and layouts of press and weld areas through automation and creating work cells.

Reassigned material requirements for fabrication to commonize material resulting in improved efficiency of material shearing, lower scrap rate, lower ordering cost, and improved availability of material.

Initiated quick die clamping and die change program working toward commonization of dies and promoting SMED.

Involved with operator training of proper operation of presses including set-up and work place layout.

Worked with Manufacturing Engineering in tool changes and tooling justifications.

Industrial Engineer- Assembly

Performed line balances on multiple assembly lines with changing volumes and achieving over 90% loss-of-balance.

Designed and implemented layouts to increase productivity.

Designed assembly fixtures to increase productivity.

Worked on labor reduction projects to achieve 4% annualized reduction.

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