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Site Manager, Plant Manager, Director of Operations

Greenville, South Carolina, United States
November 15, 2018

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Steven Brent Middlebrook (Steve) Greenville, SC

Cell 706-***-****


Manufacturing leader experienced in chemical, textiles, rotary and digital printing, packaging and automotive industries with a successful track record of P&L improvement, implementing world class manufacturing processes, and establishing and growing new product lines.

I am a subject matter expert in Lean, Six Sigma, workforce engagement, Associate Managed Safety, and Total Preventive Maintenance tools. I have led initiatives in Lean systems, Plant Startup, Purchasing, R&D projects, and Supply Chain Optimization.

6/17 - Site Leader, Fenner Dunlop Americas, Lavonia, GA

Responsible for all aspects of business in supplying substrates to Fenner Dunlop Americas’ conveyor belting sites. As the sole fabric supplier, we must have robust processes for daily operations. Lavonia has established individual KPI’s by operator and completed ISO9001:2015 certification, driving improved delivery performance from 68% to 99.4% while increasing revenue by 83%, and eliminating outside fabric purchases. Gross Profit Margins have improved by 11%, and Kaizen teams have permanently eliminated loom changeovers as a business bottleneck

8/16 – 3/17 Plant Manager, International Textile Group, Greenville, SC

Led all manufacturing and support functions for the Safety Components Plant, making automotive airbag fabrics, technical industrial substrates and innovative firefighter protective fabrics. Implemented new training, quality, and safety initiatives focused on increasing productivity and improving customer delivery. This work enabled the plant to take on new customers and increase market share in multiple areas while reducing costs and growing profit margins.

11/14 – 7/16 Vice President/Director of Operations, Duro Industries, LLC, Fall River, MA

Increasing role responsibilities for all manufacturing operations, facilities, and supporting functions across three plant sites. A turnaround role, with achievements including a TPM initiative beginning with Safety, 5S, Continuous Skills Development, Preventive Maintenance, and Focused Improvement Kaizen teams; an 82% reduction in reworks; a 54% reduction in off quality; a reduction of 4 weeks in customer order-to-delivery lead times, and an 18% reduction in variable conversion costs.

(During this time I had the role of Managing Director, AirDye Solutions/IMBU, Charlotte, NC, relocating and consolidating digital printing operations; and constructing and commissioning a Greenfield world class digital printing and technology demonstration center in Charlotte.)

Milliken & Company (29 Years)

12/13 – 11/14 Senior Consulting Practitioner, Performance Solutions by Milliken, Various Locations

Successfully implemented the Milliken Performance System on-site at client companies. Utilized education, change management and facilitation skills to fully engage the client’s workforce and achieve organizational performance goals. The Milliken Performance System encompasses Zero Loss Thinking, Lean, TPM methodologies and DMAIC focused improvement strategies

10/06 – 12/13 Senior Commodity Manager, Milliken Global Purchasing

Responsible for all chemical purchasing and external chemical and packaging manufacturing for Milliken & Company. Regularly achieved annual project savings of 7-10% on $200+ million spend. Established Low Cost Region supply chains to achieve significant reductions in total supply chain cost. Implemented regular reviews with business management to update on global raw material supply/demand and pricing trends.

08/03 – 10/06 Development/Technology Transfer Manager, Milliken Research Corporation

Pilot leader for new strategic position to improve commercialization of new technologies developed in Milliken's Research labs. Accomplishments include the commercialization of a family of new patented protective fabrics, the implementation of a contract manufacturing model within the Division, and implementation of new technologies for continuous textile dyeing and finishing.

05/00 – 08/03 Manufacturing Manager, Polyester/Cotton Operations, Milliken Magnolia Finishing

Responsible for all manufacturing supporting 4 P&L businesses including supplier plant scheduling, dyeing and finishing manufacturing operations and quality control and order fulfillment. Provided daily leadership for 104 management and 370 production personnel including Engineering, Quality Assurance, claims handling, logistics, and customer satisfaction. Major equipment installations totaling $25MM were installed during my tenure. Key measures of Safety, P&L, Quality, Delivery, Innovation, Morale and Environmental all improved over this period.

09/92 - 5/00 Plant Manager, Milliken Live Oak Finishing Plant, LaGrange, GA

Responsible for all aspects of manufacturing. Also responsible for continuing manufacturing operations in 27 locations around the globe when the plant was destroyed by fire in 1995. Worked alongside Roger Milliken and 1000+ committed people to rebuild an improved Live Oak Plant in record time while satisfying all ongoing business and customer needs. This was a key development period in my professional life.

12/84 – 09/92 Successive Advancing Roles at Milliken Live Oak Finishing Plant, LaGrange, GA

Progressed from entry level management roles through Process and Product Engineering Roles, Business Unit Leadership, Technical and Process Improvement Leadership to Plant Manager

EDUCATION Georgia Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, 1984

GPA 3.2

Emphasis: Polymers, Petroleum

Cooperative Education, Hercules Chemical, Brunswick, GA

Wharton School of Business: Finance for Manufacturing Leadership, Mergers and Acquisitions, 1994

TRAINING NetSuite, SAP and Epicor ERP Systems; Windows Office suite; Negotiation/Procurement Strategy/Purchasing skills and techniques; Statistical Process Control; Market Conferences; Six Sigma; LEAN; TPM; personnel management/development; and leading high success teams.

ACTIVITIES *Youth Leader, Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church

*Pack Leader, Cub Scouts/Webelos Boy Scouts of America; Eagle Scout mentor

*Automotive and Motorsports enthusiastProduct

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