Fred Irvin, Jr.
Houston, Texas 77070
A highly effective Operations Management Professional who meets challenges head on and creates positive change. Well versed in setting goals and making decisions to achieve operational excellence. An energetic leader with a documented performance history of safeguarding and augmenting the efficiency of operations to facilitate accelerating development and long-term success. A creative problem solver, with a proven record of success setting strategic direction, executing to plan, optimizing operations, and developing and leading teams to achieve outstanding results in fast-paced, challenging manufacturing environments.
More than twenty-five years of Manufacturing Management / Operations Management experience includes:
Six Sigma, 6S, Lean Principles
Forecasting / Budgets
Capital Equipment Budgeting
Master Production Scheduling
Reliable Coatings LLC (formerly Forrest Services), LaPorte, Texas General Manager of Shop Operations 2017 – current
Direct the planning and execution for Estimating, Production and Maintenance departments of the industrial blast and coating facility. Manage staffing, safety program, process improvement, customer relations, purchasing, inventory, customer service, estimating, P&L, training, and facility maintenance. Prepare estimates by utilizing pricing tools, costing T&M work and managing outsourced RFQ’s.
Document and track job analysis, costing and profitability for projects.
Developed process improvement and safety programs to improve safety awareness, increase efficiency, and reduce cost. (JSA, PFMEA, JHA, SWP, 5S, Lean Principles)
Develop and maintain relationships with customers through visits, email and phone to ensure expectations are met.
Managed Purchasing department ensuring cost are assigned to asset/job.
Reduced labor and operating cost by 18% while increasing scheduled throughput
Implemented Shop Tech E2 ERP system in shop
Refrigeration Gaskets of Texas, Houston, Texas Operations Manager 2017 - 2017
Managing daily operations of the manufacture and retail of Commercial Walk-in Coolers, Freezers, replacement cooler/freezer doors and gaskets. Duties include managing staff through production, scheduling, sales, marketing, inventory, logistics, service crews and customer satisfaction.
Developing new business through direct customer contacts and cold calling
Developing and implementing cost saving processes and procedures for purchasing, production, service scheduling and retail operations.
Created standardized pricing generator for custom cooler/freezer and door quotes.
Main Street Mercantile, Tomball, Texas Operations Manager 2016 - 2017
Managed refurbishment and refinishing processes and procedures of antiques and collectables for retail location and online sales. Developed scope of work per piece to ensure retail abilities and maintain defined profits. Managed preventive maintenance program and 5S for refurbishment location.
Developed safety and production processes for the refurbishment process.
Managed logistics of antiques and collectibles to customers and retail location.
Hunter Buildings & Materials, Houston, Texas Plant Manager 2014 - 2015
Managed a team of 24 direct and 106 indirect employees and responsible for an operation budget of $5.8M producing built-to-spec blast-proof control buildings for chemical plants across the United States. Managed safety, engineering, fabrication, outfitting, coating, purchasing, estimating, and CAD. Created and implemented processes for safety, purchasing, production, sales and engineering.
Established & executed plans and planning activities, managed budgets, allocated resources, and monitored KPIs
Planned and presented monthly Sales & Operations meetings
Implemented 5S and Lean practices
Reduced purchasing spend by 23.2% over a 12-month period
New Process Steel, Houston, Texas
2005 - 2014
Technical Sales (2012 - 2014)
Generated Value Add business for Houston and other divisions, by developing, or assisting Account Managers in discovering new opportunities within existing accounts, or in new accounts. Launched of new products, creating customer-approved timelines, interaction with customer on issues and progress through weekly conference calls, and developing process flow and process improvement on the shop floor.
Quoted and secured new business through customer plant visits, print take-offs and customer requirements
Managed the new product manufacturing process from the design stage through the manufacturing process design, first article inspection, customer testing / acceptance, and full volume production
Pivotal member of AX Dynamics Implementation Team
Member of the Vendor Kaizen Team
Value Add Manager (2005 - 2012)
Managed the Value Add Department; utilizing hard and soft tool applications (dies/punch press), to meet the customer’s production, delivery and quality requirements within a budgeted framework. Assisted the Sales Department identify and quote new opportunities. Activities include safety, quality, lean manufacturing practices, workflow planning, budget planning and ISO compliance.
Managed documentation and procedures to maintain ISO 9001 accreditation.
Member of New Process Steel/Carrier Kaizen event
Member of New Process Steel Safety team
Implemented Kanban and 5S practices
Project Manager of Asset moves within divisions
Goodman Manufacturing LP, Houston, Texas
1990 - 2005
Stamping Supervisor (1997 - 2005)
Supervised a crew of more than 100 team members in the manufacture of HVAC sheet metal parts. Responsibilities included safety compliance, schedule compliance, quality assurance, lean manufacturing practices, and employee development and evaluation.
Received Goodman’s annual Process Improvement Award for stamping off fall project
Implemented a Manufactured Parts Kanban System, which significantly reduced machined downtime and improved productivity.
Member of the “Stamping out Waste” team.
Powder Coating Supervisor (1990 - 1997)
Managed the daily production of powder coated cabinets and parts. Duties included scheduling, documentation control, vendor management, maintenance scheduling and wear parts inventory levels.
Implemented a Wear Parts Stocking Program to ensure continuous product availability and reduce machine downtime
Implemented a 5S training and practices program.
Microsoft Office: Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher. Working knowledge of MAPICS Bosanova (MRP system), Dynamics AX (ERP system), Shop Tech E2 and QuickBooks