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Manager Plant

Meridian, Mississippi, United States
November 26, 2018

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Claes Rossby 601-***-****

Meridian MS


Hands-on plant manager with extensive operations, and leadership experience with a proven track record of continuous production growth. Oversee daily activities, including core business functions, such as safety, production, quality control, inventory, P&L and staff scheduling. Experienced in the maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems. Familiar with environmental regulations and air emission’s testing. Specific experience in new plant startups and transitioning from construction to continuous operations; including hiring, workforce development, implementation of safety systems and new equipment start-up. Experience with European based superiors and possessing strengths in project management and team development.


SOLVAY, Houston, TX 2014 – 2017

Project Manager - Energy Services (2016 -2017)

Collaborated with the Solvay Energy Services Industrial Director to review solar projects and solar engineering bid packages from multiple national firms.

Conducted a site review of the Solvay Jasper Solar Farm before construction to ensure the site and contractors met specific company standards resulting in Solvay taking a substantial financial investment and acquiring naming rights position in the project.

Evaluated and submitted recommendations for solar equipment proposed by vendors to ensure it met specific company safety and technical standards.

Plant Manager - Biomass Energy, Quitman, MS (2014 -2016)

Led and managed a wood pellet plant with 54 employees; including direct supervision of department heads with responsibilities for operations, process engineering, maintenance, safety, human resources, financial reporting, raw material purchasing and stores purchasing.

Collaborated with the corporate engineering group to review the construction and implementation of the plant equipment. Recommended numerous changes that resulted in improved accessibility to equipment. Worked with corporate engineering and third-party Quality Assurance Group to ensure a smooth project turnover.

Advised the HR team on the selection, orientation, and training processes for new employees.

Directed plant operations from a startup into continuous operations and demonstrated month over month production improvement.

Sponsored and championed the Solvay Safety Management system; including the implementation of the Solvay Life Saving Rules and OSHA regulations.

Provided financial oversight for plant operations. Worked with corporate and plant accounting personnel to ensure the budget met the business plan.

Lead the operations management team in continuous improvement by utilizing Key Performance Indicators for both quality and production.

Managed the plant through a market downturn and product transition, leading to the successful development of a new product.

ENERGEX CORPORATION, Thomasville, AL 2014 – 2014

Operations Foreman

Led one of four manufacturing teams, which were responsible for the heat treatment, testing and threading of multi-size Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) utilized in the oil and gas industry.

Supervised one production team consisting of three separate work sub-teams totaling over sixty employees; which heat treated, tested and threaded OCTG. Provided maintenance direction during breakdowns.

Ensured product met third-party quality specifications.

Conducted shift specific safety training and assisted HR in the hiring and placement of new hires.

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Production Manager

Directed the production of an Oriented Strand Board Plant which included supervising 60 employee’s two area superintendents, four operations supervisors, and one shipping manager; Facilitated, with Human Resources, the hiring, placement, and training of the operations department. Championed and promoted safety and environmental standards. Developed and managed a departmental budget which averaged $250,000 monthly and coordinated the plant’s production with sales and logistics.

Identified key performance indicators (KPI) to be tracked and worked with the Lean Manufacturing Manager and Controls Engineer to build automated reports.

Led and facilitated Continuous Operation Improvement meetings which included the Lean Manufacturing Manager, Quality Manager, Maintenance Manager and Area Superintendents. Utilize the KPI’s to monitor production, increase uptime, lower off-grade and improve costs efficiency.

Maximized operations, while ensuring product recipe utilization and compliance with third party (APA-Engineered Wood Association) standards.

Worked with the quality control department to develop and refine product formulations. During startup successfully produced a product that met market qualification during the first week of production.

Worked closely with the Maintenance Manager and Maintenance Planner in the review of maintenance issues and the scheduling of outages to decrease unscheduled downtime (OEE).

Utilized Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system for work order scheduling and purchasing.

Conducted evaluations of direct reports using structured performance plans.

Prepared and presented proposals for the modification and replacement of machinery including cost analysis.

Provided recommendations to the corporate safety team during the organization of companywide SOP’s to minimize dust and fire risk.

During construction provided recommendations to engineering to ensure equipment connection points allowed for raw material flow, along with access for serviceability of equipment. Provided operations acceptance of systems during plant startup.

Led the production department through the process of developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for equipment operation, which included safety standards.


GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORPORATION, Production Manager, Fordyce, AR



Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA

Behavior-Based Safety programs to include the use of Quick Job Analysis Forms and At-Risk Behavior Plans. Participated in the OSHA VPP qualification process resulting in the site receiving VPP Star.

Completed “NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace” training - Alabama Technology Network

Completed “Business Process Improvement for Managers” - Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

Completed “Effective Leadership Training” - Leadership Development Network

Completed “Civil Treatment for Managers” - Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Completed “Effective Planning and Scheduling for Todays Maintenance” - Marshall Institute

Completed “Foundations for Building Leaders” - Skill Path Seminars

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