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Manager Plant

Adrian, Michigan, United States
August 28, 2018

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Chad Settles – Operations & Business Management

Adrian, MI 517-***-****


Self-motivated and results-driven leader with a comprehensive background in production and operations. Keen contributor to the development of guidelines and procedures used to implement best practices in plant operations management. Core areas of expertise in the following:

oProduction & Business Operations

oWorkplace Safety & Compliance

oCommunication & Business Development

Lead and direct all activities of plant management to include daily operations, audits and yearly budget; concisely communicate key business drivers, issues and trends to senior management.

Oversee short- and long-term planning and cost management strategies that align with company’s business planning, fiscal objectives and overall organizational goals.

Spearhead the integration of state-of-the-art, cost effective network infrastructure solutions to meet corporate business needs and support future growth; define and document solutions involving multiple areas to ensure the correct elements are in place and functional.

Adept at analyzing tasks to identify potential hazards and deploying corrective actions to make work areas safety compliant; provide training to employees of all safety policies and procedures to ensure work environments adhere to strict guidelines.

Ability to coordinate production and workflow processes with detail and proficiency; adaptable to fluctuating priorities, specific customer requests and unplanned events.

Possess sound problem-solving skills, executing business resolutions and decisions that are in the best interest of the client as well as the organization.


Plant & Operations Management

Business Development

Workplace Safety & Awareness

Preventive & Predictive Maintenance

Environmental Safety & Compliance

Budget & Cost Management

Audit & Internal Controls

Risk Reduction

Operating Reports

Employee Training & Development


W2Fuel, LLC Adrian, MI

Director of Operations Oct 2014 – Present

Responsible for the management of two plants operating in two states.

Establish systems and processes in order to drive safety initiatives and environmental/quality performance by the work group.

Clearly communicate and outline all operating performance goals to team; ensure team members understand objectives.

Directly participate in safety meetings and overall training initiatives to model appropriate behavior for field employees; investigate all incidents to include employee injuries, spills or derailments.

Perform safety observations in the field to establish high visibility with employees and the customer; review observations and identify trends or areas of concern.

Oversee and provide training that aligns with company and customer’s best practices; audit records and participate in employee qualification process.

Support field employees with performance problems and help establish effective corrective actions.

Work closely with teams and customer to identify workflow efficiencies and implementation plans.

Airgas, Inc. Riga, MI

Plant Manager Nov 2013 – Oct 2014

Oversaw the daily operations of a dry ice production facility; managed customer orders to produce ice within 24 hours of order receipt.

Produced a yearly budget based off previous year’s sales demand; approved purchasing of appropriate materials/supplies in order to meet customer and company timelines.

Developed, implemented and audited policies and procedures related to plant operations; ensured equipment/machinery was properly maintained to facilitate streamlined operations.

Organized shutdown and maintenance activities on a weekly basis.

Interacted with sales and customer service to establish information flow regarding supply timelines and customer demand.

Meticulously adhered to and supported company’s safety and quality policies.

Green Plains Renewable Energy Riga, MI

Operations Manager Oct 2011 – Oct 2013

Managed day-to-day operations and maintenance activities of a 50 million gallon a year ethanol facility.

Maintained plant production in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Prepared monthly operating status reports.

Established policies and procedures for all company personnel and contractors to follow.


SOP Business Manager – Green Plains Renewable Energy, Riga, MI 2010 – 2011

SOP Business Manager – Global Ethanol Services, Riga, MI 2010

SOP Development/Training Coordinator – Global Ethanol Services, Riga, MI 2006 – 2010


Environmental Science – Central Michigan University 1993 – 1997

General Studies – Michigan Technical University 1992 – 1993


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Incident Command Training

Hazwoper – 40 Hour Training

OSHA – 40 Hour Training

DOT Hazmat Training

Ethanol Safety Seminar


CMMS Software– Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

Various Microsoft Platforms


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