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Manager Employee Relations

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
April 29, 2019

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Gregory B. Smith

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Murfreesboro, TN 37130

615-***-**** cell

Senior Materials Executive specializing in organizational change to promote teamwork and maximize profits. Extensive technical, operational and managerial expertise gained in materials management, manufacturing and marketing of metal products, protective coatings, vinyl coated fabrics, textiles and office paper products. Tier 1 Automotive Experience. Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

Career Chronology

Substitute Teacher 2018-2019

PESG – Murfreesboro, TN

Provide substitute teaching services for county High Schools. Focus has been on STEM and business courses.

2003- 2018

Vice President of Operations

Lift Technologies, Inc. – Westminster, SC

A $76 million 100% custom forklift mast manufacturing plant. Manage 215 salaried workforce utilizing team concepts. Activities include machining, robotic welding, paint, assembly, and testing. Led effort to transform plant from a job shop to a visual factory.

•Managed the shutdown and transfer of our Canadian manufacturing plant to SC.

•Improved EBIDTA to 6 times the previous results through financial analysis, planning, and teamwork.

•Multiple plant responsibility including international operations.

•Increased production to provide for a $15 million increase in sales while reducing overtime.

•Reduced Breakeven point from $5 million to $3.8million in sales.

•Lead the effort to acquire new business with non- forklift customers.

•Implemented the lean manufacturing program utilizing Six Sigma and Toyota production techniques.

•Team leader for materials cost reductions saving $3.5 million in the last three years.

2002 - 2003

Warehousing and Logistics Consultant

Premier Roofing Systems, Inc. – Greer, SC

A $25 million Tier 1 BMW supplier. This was a startup operation to produce automatic convertible tops for the Z4 roadster. . Focus was the use of existing space to warehouse and improve the materials flow from vendors to achieve a daily production rate of 250 tops per day.

•Implemented the warehousing plan to utilize existing space and support daily production requirements.

•Setup the system to coordinate production activities with off-site vendors.

•Recommended and implemented raw material Kanban systems to maintain production and optimize material flow.

•Specified and procured returnable packaging for raw materials.

•Assist the Material Manager in the optimization of ERP system.

2000 - 2002

Vice President of Manufacturing

J-DAK, INC. – Springfield, Tennessee

A $7 million Tier 1 supplier of aluminum windows for OEM heavy- duty equipment manufacturers. Managed 80 hourly and 10 salaried employees.

•Total responsibility for company including daily operations and strategic planning.

•Lead implementation of $1million capital program to provide for vertical integration into glass fabrication.

•Implemented an inventory control plan to manage small parts and prevent inventory losses.

•Served on the Board of Directors.

•Implemented plans that maintained profitability through an economic downturn in our industry.


General Manager, The York Group, (Fabric and Hardware) 1998- 2000

Director of Operations: Ameron International (Protective Coatings) 1995- 1998

Materials and Services Manager: GenCorp Inc., Designed Plastics Division (Vinyl) 1984-1995

Plant Manager: Sheller Globe-Weis (Office Products) and Blue Bell Inc., Red Kap Division (Uniforms) 1977- 1984

Education ... Training

Bachelor of Science - Engineering Technology

Six Sigma Green Belt

Clemson University - Clemson, South Carolina

Studied Pre-Engineering Anderson University - Anderson, South Carolina

Civil Engineering Technology Tri-County Technical College - Anderson, South Carolina

Courses, Seminars, Workshops. Self-Paced Instructional Units: Safety; Hazardous Materials; Employee Relations; Arbitrating; Budgeting; Quality / Assurance / Control; Statistical Process Control; Negotiating; Labor Relations; Production

Planning; Plant / Facility Management; Inventory Control; Contract Management; ISO 14001Auddit training; 8D Problem Solving / Division Making; Total Quality Management; TPS; Customer Services; Financial Planning / Management; Acquisitions / Divestments; Warehousing; SAP/MRP/ERP; Logistical Planning / Management; Transportation (ICC / OTR / LTL / Tariffs).

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