VICTOR H. HODGES
** ***** ** ***** ********** Experience as well as 4 years as a Manufacturing Manager in diverse manufacturing environments and turn-around situations.
I have worked in the High Volume Automotive Industry for 22 years. Tier one customers included Toyota, Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan. Products made included everything from brackets, full body panels and frames to engine components. Volumes ranged from1000 parts a year to multi-million parts per year.
Non-Automotive customers included General Dynamics, AM General, Caterpillar, John Deere, International Harvester, Briggs and Stratton, Motorola, Tyco and Auto meter. I have worked with customers at all levels including design, program implementation and quality resolution.
Major Industry experience includes Defense, Automotive, Agriculture, Off Highway and Electronics
Extensive background in the Toyota Production System and other lean manufacturing principles. Studied TPS in Japan at Toyota City. Implemented and taught classes on 5s, Quick Die Change, TQM, TPM and TPS as well as Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen. Trained Six Sigma Deployment champion. Throughout my career I have had experience with financials. I have had Profit and Loss responsibilities and I am very familiar with income statements and balance sheets. I have created budgets for entire plants, I have been accountable and have held direct reports accountable for adherence to budgets. I have also formulated and executed capital expenditure plans. I have created five-year business plans, which detailed long range plans for companies. I have worked closely with accounting and have had the accounting department as a direct report department prior in my career. I am very familiar with accounts payable and receivables and have assisted in customer and vendor interaction pertaining to both. I have been a cost estimator and a prototype coordinator in my career so I am very familiar with costing and the cost structure of parts and processes.
KMS INC West Columbia SC 02/2017 – 3/2018
Overall responsibility for this two-plant operation. Eliminated 1 million dollars in operating cost in 11
months. Improved on-time delivery from 70% to 99.8%. Increased Net Profits by 18% in 13 months.
RWI Manufacturing Aurora IL 01/2015 – 01/2017
Responsible for all plant operations for this multi-million dollar a year company. Improved on time
delivery from 75 % to 99.5%.
Sterling Multi Products Prophetstown IL 05/2012 – 10/2014
Complete responsibility for all operations of this privately held company. Major customers are John Deere, Tyco, Auto-Meter, and Ingersol Rand. Processes include: Stamping, Machining, Resistance and Mig welding. Direct reports include: Quality Manager, Assistant Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent,
Production Control Manager, Purchasing Manager.
Creative Machining Technologies Moline IL 9/2009 – 11/2011
Responsibilities included all plant operations for this 22 million dollar machining company which serves the Oil Industry, as well as the Mining and Agriculture industries. Major customers included
Komatsu, Oil states and NOV. Processes included Forging and Machining, Mig, Tig and Sub Arc welding and Assembly. Equipment and machines included large and small Boring Mills, Vertical Lathes and over 70 CNC machining centers. Products produced included hydraulic cylinders, brake parts,
gears, bearings, undersea risers. Dramatically improved Quality, Delivery and increased sales from 12 to 22 million in one year. Implemented a “5s” program and other lean manufacturing programs.
Direct reports included Quality Manager, Purchasing Manager, Production Control Manager, Logistics Manager, Maintenance Manager and four Supervisors.
General Metal Products St Louis MO. 6/2007 – 6/2009
Complete responsibility for all operations of this 38 million dollar a year division of Wosniak
Industries. Major customers are John Deere, Caterpillar, General Dynamics and American
General. In one year improved Quality from 14,000 PPM to 23 PPM. Improved delivery
rating from 78% on time and $400,000.00 in past due orders to customers to 100% on time
and 0 past due orders. Processes included: Precision Grinding and Super Finishing of forgings and
castings, Stamping, laser cutting, Mig, Tig and resistance welding and CNC machining of forgings.
Direct reports included Quality Manager, Purchasing Manager, Production Manager, Maintenance
Manager, Logistics Manager, Production Control Manager.
Aisin Light Metals LLC Marion, IL. 11/2003 – 3/2007
Complete responsibility for this start up company that produces aluminum Extrusions.
Oversaw construction of the 140,000 square foot facility and compliance to the strict
completion schedule. Coordinated the scheduling and installation of all machines and
equipment including a 4000 ton extrusion press and robotic welders. Interviewed and hired
all Managers and staff for all departments including Quality, Engineering, Production
Control and Manufacturing. Successfully launched multiple multi million dollar projects
which are tier 1 supplied parts to Toyota Motor Company. Successfully implemented
the Toyota Production System and a Total Quality Management System. Plant received
Toyota Supplier Performance awards for both Quality and Delivery. Direct reports included
Quality Manager, Purchasing manager, HR Manager, Accounting Manager, Production Control
Manager, Maintenance Manager and Four Supervisors
Tower Automotive, Kalamazoo, MI 5/1983- 10/2003
In charge of all plant operations including Tools & dies for presses ranging from 90 ton up to 1600 tons.
Class “A” outer panels, resistance welding, wire welding, robotic weld cells, heat staking, multiple
assembly machines and operations. Responsibilities also included production, budgeting, capital
investments, strategic planning, purchasing and quality control, for this $70 million location with 250
employees that is a Tier 1 supplier and Q1 certified. Handled union negotiations with the UAW, as well
as safety compliance, procedural upgrades, implementation of robotic resistance and mig weld cells.
Implemented a Lean Manufacturing program, self-directed work teams, Kan-Ban scheduling and many
other world class manufacturing techniques. Oversaw the three-year QS9000 certification process,
along with introduction of a five-year business plan.
Other duties performed at Tower Automotive included:
Inside Sales Representative
United States Armed Forces – U.S. Army 01/1977 – 011980
11H Tow Missile System
Canterbury University – Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology
Kalamazoo Valley Community College- Courses in Automotive Engineering
Attended seminars for Six Sigma Leadership, Cost Estimating, Design of Experiments GD&T, World Class Manufacturing Techniques and various other topics related to the manufacturing industry.