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Six Sigma Manager

Bloomer, WI, 54724
70000 negotiable
October 16, 2015

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Richard P. Abbott

**** ***** ******, ******* ** 54724



** ***** ** ********** ************* experience in supplying the Automotive, Agricultural, Turf Care, Light Duty Automotive, Recreational Vehicle, Medical Device, Military, Forestry and Heavy-duty Construction markets

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Villanova University, Cummins Six Sigma Black Belt, Cummins Certified Six Sigma Green Belt; Experienced Lean Practitioner and Continuous Improvement Specialist, Value Stream Business Management Expert

Process Engineering Professional, Trainer, Teacher and employee development specialist

Pursuing a career path in Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt opportunities, Continuous Improvement including Lean Manufacturing, Process Engineering, and Quality Engineering


Process Engineering Manager

Nelson Global Products 915 Red Iron Road, Black River Falls, WI 54615, 608-***-****

April 2015 – September 2015 (6 months)

Management Staff Position, using Lean, DMAIC and Six Sigma to lead a Process Engineering team including a Data Collection and a Document Control Specialist; a Configuration Specialist; and a Process Technician.

My Primary duties include; Developing and managing a new system for directing the workload for our Process Configuration management team.

New Product Introduction; develop relationship with the sales team and be an active member of their decision making process

NPI Review; walk new products through manufacturability review including Routing, PFMEA’s and Control Plans

Work Instructions; plan the strategy and execution for converting to a new standard electronic format

Negative Margin Reviews; work with team to go after parts that could improve based on improved process constraints

CAR support; resource to follow through on CAR’s

Maintain Hour by Hour system; this data is required for OEE

Manage OEE; Pareto and prioritize opportunities for improvement. Use DMAIC to manage improvement projects

Continuous Improvement Leader

Nelson Global Products 915 Red Iron Road, Black River Falls, WI 54615, 608-***-****

February 2014 – April 2015 (1 year 1 month)

Project leader for projects that drive cost savings, improve efficiencies, and remove waste, using Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma tools

Member of the local leadership team, engaged with plant staff to identify projects and maintain project hopper

Responsible for DMAIC project sustainability & savings validation audits, which also drives continuous improvement culture by revisiting areas with completed improvement projects to ensure sustainability and addressing any immediate changes needed

Process Engineer 2, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Minnesota Wire 2515 Prospect Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54703, 651-***-****

January 2013 – January 2014 (12 months)

Successfully leading the design and implementation of manufacturing processes for wire/cable assemblies including Injection Molding, wire/cable extrusion, stripping, tinning, soldering, and circuit board applications; Balancing related equipment, and work cell structure within the overall plant layout (from pilot to fully operational) to achieve the production goals of Minnesota Wire Eau Claire WI location.

Project management using DMAIC Six Sigma and Lean methods; Leading Six Sigma training for the Management, Supervisor and Process Engineering teams

Launched four Black Belt projects for process improvement, new cell layouts, scrap reduction and new tool qualifications; Active

Customer contact for specific product development and product related process improvements; Extensive internal and external project reporting responsibilities including IQ OQ PQ

Manufacturing manager backup role; as needed basis, ensure the production departments at the Eau Claire location have support for achieving production goals within budget while meeting customer specifications

Launched three Green Belt projects (Green Belts in training) for process improvement; Completed

Product Assurance Manager

Northern Wire Division of Elgin Fastener Group 1100 West Taylor Street, Merrill, WI 54452, 715-***-****

July 2012 - November 2012 (5 months)

Promoted to manage Northern Wire's Product Assurance Group, Process Engineering team, Elgin Fasteners Continuous Improvement Plan, Northern Wire's Six Sigma Program, Tooling, Design and Maintenance Teams, Employee Training, and Equipment and Facility Improvement

Enrolled four Green Belt Candidates in Villanova 8 week Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course (Candidates successfully completed the course)

Scoped four Green Belt projects; Label Application Efficiency Improvement, Safety Alert Implementation Program, Obsolete Tooling Reduction, New Process PPAP

Completed Facility Value Stream Layout. Scoping Black Belt Projects for Equipment Efficiency

Formed Employee Training and Development Team; Completed EFG Training Center

Directed supermarket planning, established min/max for top customers (part numbers) to reduce total inventory on-hand

Calculated capital equipment cost justification and ROI for new equipment purchase. Negotiated successful purchase.

Process Engineering Manager

Northern Wire, LLC 1100 West Taylor Street, Merrill, WI 54452, 715-***-****

July 2011 - July 2012 (12 months)

Managed Northern Wire's Estimating and Process Engineering teams, Elgin Fasteners Continuous Improvement Plan, Northern Wire's Six Sigma Program, Tooling, Design and Maintenance Teams, and Equipment and Facility Improvement

Led Project for No Exposure Certification for Exclusion from WPDES Storm Water Permitting

Presented Business Case to enter new markets

Developed NW Continuous Improvement Strategy; Initiated NW Lean Transformation (modeled from the “yellow book” Lean Transformation)

Developed NW Six Sigma Program; Black Belt Projects; reduce process scrap; improve machine efficiency; reduce RFQ lead time; inventory management

Initiated and developed NW Internal KPI reporting format

Introduced Mixed Model Value Stream Management

Industrial Engineer

PMC Recruiting - Industrial Engineer, Harley Davidson 426 East Somo Avenue, Tomahawk, WI 54487, 715-***-****

May 2011 - June 2011 (2 months)

Contract Position; Assigned to Harley Davidson facilities in Tomahawk WI, responsible for assembly process improvements with an emphasis on Job Safety Risk Analysis

Led the development and design of a new Ergonomics visual management tool for standing work-stations

22 Years with Nelson Filter / Cummins Filtration including;

Six Sigma Black Belt

Cummins Filtration, Corporate Quality 2200 West 20th Avenue, Bloomer, WI 54724, 715-***-****

July 2010 - May 2011 (11 months)

As a Cummins Green Belt I successfully closed four projects;

Value Stream Overtime Reduction - Product Balancing

Reduce Scrap; Reduce Unplanned Downtime

Increase Maximo (work order hours) and TLM Timekeep (paid hours) agreement

As a Cummins Black Belt I successfully closed three projects; total Six Sigma Savings booked >$900k;

Improve Plant Required To Operate process management to reduce overtime

Developed New Material (process) Manufacturing Capability

Implemented Troubleshooting Worksheet Method

Coached and mentored 23 Cummins Green Belts

Value Stream Business Manager (Business Unit Manager)

Cummins Filtration 2200 West 20th Avenue, Bloomer, WI 54724, 715-***-****

October 2008 - July 2010 (1 year 10 months)

Developed Product Balancing strategy for value streams supplying agricultural, lawn and garden, recreational vehicle and automotive markets

Implemented Overall Equipment Effectiveness strategy for Bloomer facility value streams

Led the development and implementation of the Safety Alert Program, a Lean empowered employee safety program that contributed to employee satisfaction and reduced incidences. The improvement contributed to a 2009 WI Safety Council award for the Bloomer team. The program was adopted at other facilities both in and out of Cummins

Lead manager for the Bloomer Lean Transformation (Value Streams) modeled from the "Yellow Book"

Assigned to Bloomer, WI in VSBM primary role; Assigned to Cookeville, TN in VSBM support role; Assigned to Neillsville, WI in VSBM support role

Production Manager

Cummins Filtration 2200 West 20th Avenue, Bloomer, WI 54724, 715-***-****

October 2003 - October 2008 (5 years 1 month)

Second Shift Production, QC and Maintenance

Completed Cummins 3 week Six Sigma Green Belt training

Community Involvement Team Leader; Diversity Council Team Leader; Ergonomics Trainer Evaluator

Forklift Trainer, LOTO Trainer, Plant Emergency Response Team Leader (second shift)

Production Supervisor

Cummins Filtration 2200 West 20th Avenue, Bloomer, WI 54724, 715-***-****

October 1998 - October 2003 (5 years 1 month)

Air filter finished goods production, Air filter component parts production (press department and paper media processing)

First Aid First Response Team Member

Completed DDI training in; Core Skills for Conflict Resolution, Facilitating Improved performance

Completed DuPont S.T.O.P. Training (Safety Training Observation Program)

Completed Facilitator Training through Black Hawk Technical College

Quality Council Team Leader; Safety Council Team Leader

General Assembly

Cummins Filtration (Nelson Filter) 2200 West 20th Avenue, Bloomer, WI 54724, 715-***-****

October 1989 - October 1998 (9 years 1 month)

General assembly, packaging, safety requirements, quality inspections, schedule attainment, fork lift operation

Mortar Gunner at WI Army National Guard

July 1985 - January 1994 (8 years 6 months)


Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt; Villanova University License VIL141014 May 2011


Villanova University Online; Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma, 2010 - 2011

Ashworth University; Associate of Science in Business Management, Business Management, 2001 - 2003

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