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Engineer Chemical Engineering

Kaukauna, WI
April 17, 2019

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Joe Willie Sims, P.E.

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Wrightstown, Wisconsin 54180



*/**** - **/**** ********* Tech University, Cookeville, TN

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Built-in minors in Chemistry and Mathematics – Overall QPA =


Registered Professional Chemical Engineer in the State of

Wisconsin (License # 35742-006 expires 7-31-2020)

Eastman Kodak Scholarship Recipient for Chemical Engineering –

Tennessee Tech University – 1991

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – Six Sigma Academy – Scottsdale,

AZ 2008

Site Manager for Chemical Procurement – Mercury Marine – Fond Du Lac, WI 1/2018 – Present EWIE CO., INC Ann Arbor, MI

As an employee of EWIE Co., Inc. and the Site Manager in charge of Chemical Procurement (in charge of EWIE’s Chemical Management System) at the Fond Du Lac, WI site for Mercury Marine, I am responsible for every chemical that comes into and out of this facility – and it is a huge facility with more than 3500 employees spread over at least 8 different production sites. I have a Chemist and a Plant Analyst that report to me and together we keep Production going here in Plant 15 – along with Plants 4, 12, 17, 36, and 98. My main responsibilities are to make sure we keep our client from ever running out of any crucial production material. At the same time, however, we also must keep up with any trends in usage (up or down) that could upset the balance we maintain between keeping minimum inventory and never running our client out of material. We deal with a wide spectrum of chemicals here that apply to everything from Waste Water Treatment, Metallurgical Al and Ferrous-based Casting production, and just about every type of metalworking chemical known to man. It should be noted that, though there are many different materials in use here at the MERC facility, each chemical is chosen for its specific properties and qualities it brings to the table that allows Mercury Marine to produce the highest quality and most efficient inboard and outboard motors in the world. This dedication to excellence by EWIE Co., Inc. combined with the Lean Six Sigma Methodology embraced by Mercury Marine is providing a bright outlook for the future of both companies.

Water Treatment Operator – Fox Energy Center

2/2017 – 12/2017 WEC Energy Group – Kaukauna, WI (contract)

Purpose of position: to ensure the safe, reliable, compliant and economical generation of electricity through inspection, monitoring, operation and maintenance of combined cycle power plant equipment, with a focus on water supply and treatment related apparatus, during routine, abnormal or emergency conditions. Perform equipment surveillance through the completion of routine operator rounds. As assigned, assume the lead role in certain work activities, providing direction to other WPS employees and/or contractors. Perform routine maintenance tasks and other duties as assigned. Reports to: Operations Manager.

Responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: Support the Control Room Operator in the operation, maintenance, inspection and monitoring of combined cycle power plant equipment, including combustion turbine-generators, heat recovery steam generators, steam turbine-generator, auxiliary boiler, control systems, cooling tower, water treatment facilities, environmental control and balance-of-plant equipment, in accordance with company policy, approved procedures and applicable local, state and federal regulations. Perform surveillance of water supply and treatment equipment through the completion of routine operator rounds; take related readings and document results as assigned.

Operate and maintain water supply and treatment facilities as needed to meet the plant’s requirements for (i) domestic water for potable use (supplied from an onsite well), (ii) make-up water for plant operations (raw/gray water supplied via transfer pumps from the Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District) and (iii) process water for various uses (demineralized water produced onsite).

Process Engineer – Caraustar Paper (formerly Wisconsin Paperboard)

03/15/2016 – 2/2017 Milwaukee, WI

This salaried position reports directly to the Plant General Manager. Work has involved engineering and trouble-shooting work on both of this mill’s paper machines. Both of these machines are cylinder machines with eight forming cylinders per machine. Each machine runs five press fabrics that act as both forming and press fabrics connected to dryer sections with approximately one hundred steam powered dryer cans each - both supplied by 50 psig on-site generated steam. This mill makes a variety of sheets for board and packaging applications from 100% recycled paperboard and OCC. Work has also included project work and trouble-shooting the process engineering side of the mill’s four different pulpers – diameters range from 12 up to 20’ in diameter – and powerhouse that supplies steam to the mill at approximately 65 psig. Latest work in the mill has included the introduction of the concept of Performance Management. This concept can best be described as a cross between Statistical Process Control and Lean Six Sigma in terms of its involvement of employees from top to bottom in terms of problem solving and resolution. It is unique however in that it empowers all employees to be involved in important everyday decisions and be contributing team members for things such as RCPS (Root Cause Problem Solve) addressing varying process problems throughout the mill.

Senior Process Engineer – Process Engineering Group

12/16/2013 – December 2015 Poyry (Appleton) LLC – Appleton, WI

Work has included assisting with equipment specifications, project proposals, engineering studies, and being the process engineering lead on a major project with a client in the medical packaging industry. This has included but not limited to developing Process Design Criteria along with detailed mass and energy balances that are necessary for equipment sizing. Work has also consisted of taking information from the equipment/pipeline/manual valve, and tie point reports and combining this information with other details from Piping & Mechanical to solidify the information summarized on the P&ID’s. At this point, the motor sizes, pipeline lists, manual valve lists, tie point lists, pump calculations, and specialty items lists are used to develop a set of detailed P&ID’s and a process information database. In all project work, Mr. Sims has worked closely with other members of the projects teams and clients to ensure projects progressed within budget in a timely manner. Most recent work has included the position of Process Engineer for design, procurement, and startup of a chemical application system for products in the medical packaging industry. Project scope for this most recent project has included new mixing tanks, storage tanks, piping systems, pumps, tank agitators, and chemical storage area along with a PLC-based control system to allow a single operator to oversee the entire mixing process.

Process Engineer III – Process Engineering Department

08/05/2013 – 12/2013 Baisch Engineering LLC – Kaukauna, WI (contract)

This was a six month contract through Dell Technical Group out of Appleton, WI. Work included, but was not limited to, Engineering Studies, Project Management Assistance & Support, Bid Proposal preparation, process equipment specifications & procurement, along with PFD and P&ID Development Work crucial to the project (s). Detailed design work included, but was not limited to, development of equipment lists, piping tie-in lists, valve lists, pump sizing and specification (including corresponding motors and VFD’s), heat exchanger design & specifications, architectural and structural considerations, control system methodology development, and process line sizing (process material & up to 250 psig steam). Being the lead process engineer on this project was a challenge to stay on top of everything, but our engineering deliverables were on time and we finished a significant amount of Process hours under our original scope.

Process Engineer – Engineering, Technology, & Manufacturing Systems

7/11/2011 – 9/2011 Georgia-Pacific Corp. – Green Bay, WI (contract)

Work for this short 2 month contract included evaluation of scrubber design versus in-place baghouse systems, blower design technology evaluation for air knife applications, and capital project expense determination for the installation of a new Yankee dryer insulation hood. This work was done for two major capital GP projects involving three different GP Tissue machines in North America. The engineering details of this work and the machine locations remain proprietary to Georgia-Pacific and Koch Industries.

Project Manager – Chemical Engineering Capital Projects

2/2010 – 3/2011 FEECO International, Inc. – Green Bay, WI (contract)

P&ID development for Chemical Engineering based systems like bag houses, kilns, scrubbers and pipe reactors for fertilizer manufacture were also within the scope of company fabrication capability. Regardless of the type of system in which we were working, the two main goals for each project were to come in on time and under budget. The Project Manager is responsible for making this happen.

Product Development Engineer, Sales & Service Engineer, Lean / Six

Sigma Black Belt, Press Fabric Designer (Application Engineer)

02/2002 – 6/2009 Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems

(2/2002 - 11/2004) Product Development work has been involved in the chemical treatment aspects of Press Fabric production for multiple paper grades and also heavy involvement with the investigation & development of non-woven structures & their application to Press Fabric technology. Designed experiment techniques are utilized to aid in development work for the blending, carding, needling, & finishing of various Press Fabric bat structures. Work has also involved the design of chemical treatment equipment as it applies to Press Fabric finishing technology along with the establishment of standard procedures for various chemical treatment applications.

(11/2004 - 4/2007) Sales and Service work involves providing value-added technical service work for the forming, pressing, and drying sections of about two dozen paper machines in Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. Customers include Sonoco - Menasha, WI and Hutchinson, KS; StoraEnso - Whiting, WI, Stevens Point, WI, and Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Wausau Paper - Rhinelander, WI and Mosinee, WI; Wisconsin Paperboard - Milwaukee, WI; US Gypsum - North Kansas City, MO; Tama Paperboard - Tama, IA; and Neenah Paper - Whiting, WI. This list of customers covers board & packaging and many different publication grades of paper. Since each paper machine is unique, providing value-added technical service for forming, pressing, and dryer fabrics requires knowledge of intimate technical details of what it takes to make that machine run, fast, efficient, and cost effectively. This position works closely with Manufacturing and Design groups within Voith Fabrics to provide a professional, seamless team upon which a customer can call at any time to assist them with all of the papermaking issues they might have from stock prep to the reel. Later on, I took on Sales and Service responsibilities for several customers listed above which includes pricing, inventory management, and product logistics – included with the service work previously detailed.

(4/2007 - 10/2008) Work in Lean / Six Sigma involved completing 5 weeks of Lean / Six Sigma training with SSA (Six Sigma Academy) out of Scottsdale, Arizona between April and August of 2007 and completed two major Black Belt (BB) Projects in our Press Fabrics plant in Appleton, WI between April 2007 and October 2008. Both BB projects incorporated the concepts of Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Change Management, and the DMAIC approach to problem solving. The advanced statistical software used for our BB projects was Minitab 15. The two BB projects together yielded approx $150,000 annual savings. Work as a Six Sigma Black Belt also included the mentoring and guiding of our Green Belts and their associated, generally smaller-in-scope projects (compared to BB projects). The certifying instructor from SSA for my Black Belt was their Senior Director - Reza Eskandari, P.E.

(10/2008 – 6/2009) Press Fabric Designer work has included learning every aspect of press fabric production from various platforms established by the company by paper grade - Graphics, Board & Packaging, and Tissue. Each press fabric is custom designed to perform on a particular machine position and no two paper machines or positions are alike. Press fabric production begins with base fabric and batt substrate design combined with different methods of weaving, batt making (blending), needling, and finishing to create each unique press felt (fabric). It goes without saying that there are many variables that have to be specified by the press fabric Designer to produce a quality seam or endless press felt product. My previous experience with forming and press fabric Product Development, Sales and Service for Forming, Pressing, & Drying, and my projects with Six Sigma, has certainly helped speed up the learning curve for me in this challenging position.

Quality Control Engineer

10/1997 - 3/2001 Magotteaux, Pulaski, TN

Responsibilities included supervision of Layout Dept. equipment (CMM) and personnel; supervision of Engineering co-op students in QC dept.; providing metallurgical analysis of various materials returned from customers including Mining, Cement, and Aggregates; providing chemical, metallurgical, and process engineering expertise in order to a) satisfy our customer’s needs, b) improve our production and heat treat capabilities, and c) manufacture a quality product via statistical process control and designed experiments (DOE).

Chemical Process Engineer

10/1995 - 10/1997 CDI Engineering Group, Kingsport, TN

Responsibilities included chemical process equipment design including storage tanks, distillation columns, reactor sizing using reaction kinetics and control systems, particulate bag houses, pump sizing, and scrubber designs for solvent recovery along with Title V air emissions calculations and emission permit application preparation, and OSHA 1910 relief device calculations. Work also included use of ASPEN and HTRI software packages for solvent recovery and heat exchanger design, respectively. A typical solvent recovery scrubber would be spraying water in at the top running counter currently down through the packed bed – the saturated air stream containing acetone coming in at the bottom of the scrubber going up through the bed would lose a very high % of the acetone. With the acetone now in solution, a distillation column would be used to completely separate the water and acetone. All air emissions calculations and emission permit application preparation done primarily for Tenite, Cellulose Ester, and Organic Chemicals divisions at Eastman Chemical Co. – Kingsport, TN.

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