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Operations Manager/Plant Manager

South Elgin, Illinois, United States
November 13, 2018

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Chad Stonecipher * Lincoln Ct South Elgin, Il. ***77

Cell: 847-***-****

I have twenty-five years of diverse experience in the flexible packaging industry with my focus in production/operations management, as well a strong background in printing, lamination, extrusion, and slitting, (age 46). I have eighteen years of pouching and bag conversion experience as well as quality control systems, product development, and structuring. Bi-Lingual. Main focus on safety, productivity, quality and efficient performance of plant operations. Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and basic computer knowledge. AIB/SQF qualified.


Diamond Flexible Packaging.

2783 Shermer Rd.

Northbrook Il, 60062

October 2000-Present

Operations Manager/Plant Manager

Press/Production Manager and Scheduler

Responsible for:

Overall wellness of the business from a manufacturing standpoint. Prioritize optimum productivity and continuous improvement. Continuous monitoring of production efficiencies, quality and waste while following overall safety policies and procedures. Handling daily production issues, scheduling, purchasing, maintenance, flexographic printing, lamination, slitting, pouch and bag conversion, pre-press and mounting, CSR and sales interaction along with managing some accounts.

Production Schedule

Monitor and maintain schedules daily (Printing, lamination, slitting, and bag conversion)

Coordinate schedule with sales department

Assign manpower to meet have ready dates

Flexographic Printing Department/Lamination/Slitting

Prioritize work orders

Trained associates to operate equipment

Implementation of splicing procedures for roll stock

Pre-press and artwork/design experience

Manage ink systems for six-color and ten color flexographic presses

Coordinated installation of GSE Stork ink dispensing system

Approval of all press and lamination runs including color matches on press

Manage printing plates, storage and handling


Purchasing (Ink/Adhesive/Press and Pre-Press)

Printing Press Hardware

Maintenance and upkeep

X-rite proficient with spectral data

Modifications and new technologies

Provide technical support to sales department for new printing, lamination and conversion projects

Bag/Pouch conversion

Prioritize, create, and schedule work orders for pouching and poly bag production

Co-ordinate scheduling for pouching department which includes five stand up pouching machines.

Organize and deliver job packets to scheduled machine, which includes Quality Control packets and specifications.

Quality Control:

Was involved in structuring the current ISO/AIB policy and procedure system Diamond Flexible currently uses daily to insure consistency and quality.

Vital in the implementation process of SQF program

Helped implement quality control procedures for production which includes creating job jackets/quality control files for each job.

Filing and storage of quality control files in order of date produced.

Created a system to track parts used per job and recording of parts used in production.

Created implementation of procedures and policies to become AIB certified.

Product Development:

Head up team that specifies what types of film structures and thicknesses are to be used for certain applications.

Work with film suppliers to assess OTR is specified when using film structures that require such food or product that is being packaged.

Ensure proper inks/adhesives/structures are used when running a retort or microwaveable package. Several guidelines are required for these structures that must be met.

Spring-Fill Industries (Sister Company of Diamond Flexible)

2855 Shermer Rd

Northbrook Il, 60062

January 2008 – August 2017

Printing Specialist/Product Development

Printing Specialist:

Responsible for:

Head up purchase and installation of one color tinting unit for printing various colors of paper

Coordinated ink systems and ink inventory

Managed and scheduled output for the tinter

Product Development:

Responsible for:

•Headed the technical aspects for new products printed on the tinter driven by sales.

•Worked with ink team to develop new colors to be printed, such as metallics, and florescence colors, that were new to the market place

•Coordinated rollstock concepts for bagging department, which included new artwork, design and size of bags, and spreadsheet to inventory 200 new items that were created.

PrintPack Inc.

1400 Abbott Dr.

Elgin Il., 60123

April 1993 - October 2000

Press assistant on an eight-color Cerutti rotogravure press

Responsible for:

Maintaining proper viscosities for line and process inks

Mounting mill rolls of material onto the press and preparing the proper fly-in splice.

Checking each mill roll for proper treatment or coating levels to ensure proper ink adhesion.

Press operator on eight-color Cerutti rotogravure press and Schavi nine color rotogravure press.

Responsible for:

Overlooking color matches on press utilizing the X-Rite system.

Operating and monitoring Bobst registration system utilized on both presses

Producing printed material that fell within customer specifications in the safest manner possible.

Following customer instructions as far as print repeat, color standards, and various web widths per individual job specification criteria.

Maintaining a two-man crew and ensuring they worked efficiently while working within the safety guidelines.

Plant Leadman (Foreman)

Responsible for:

Maintaining and following daily production schedule for the extrusion, adhesive lamination, flexographic, coating, rotogravure, plate making/mounting, and slitting departments.

Processing finished core labels for slitting to ensure correct information is supplied to the customer.

Job approvals in all departments to ensure quality specifications and customer demands are met.

Creating training guide for the computer system so that all future management trainees could utilize it.

Compiling daily inventory of raw material at each production machine.

Plant Scheduler

Responsible for:

Scheduling jobs for all production machines to meet customer demands on a daily basis.

Calling on customer service representatives to ensure jobs are placed in the schedule correctly to meet customer have ready date, and coordinating long term have ready dates according to customer inventory through the CSR.

Coordinating two daily production meetings to transfer scheduling information to the production, art, and materials management departments to ensure the necessary resources are in place to produce the orders on the schedule.

Shift/Press Supervisor

Responsible for:

Producing semi-annual reviews for all production associates and determining their pay increases.

Following press schedule daily to coordinate inks, materials, and print cylinders for each order we produced.

Coordinating plate making and mounting schedule for the night to ensure the correct jobs were being produced in accordance to the production schedule.

Conducting monthly department meetings to transfer information that effected the department, and to give positive feedback to the associates.

Participating on several panel interview boards to determine future lead men and supervisors for the plant.


Two and one-half years of college at Elgin Community College working towards an associate’s degree in fire science 1992

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