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Manager Engineering

San Francisco, CA
April 08, 2016

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Michael Meixner

**** ******** *****, *******, ********, 60142

Home: 847-***-**** / Cell: 586-***-****


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A creative, dynamic and multi-skilled Leader, with over 16 years of Manager and Director Experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Plant Operations and Supply Chain Management. Often recognized for adaptability, a continuous improvement mindset, ingenuity, leadership development and expertise in lean methodology gained over 25 years. One who is driven by results, yet mindful of the positive relationships that are required in order to achieve mutual growth on a personal and business level. Known for implementing a strategic vision, with demonstrated operational success which is governed by strong business acumen.

Professional Strengths

Specialist in Efficiency Improvement as demonstrated in multiple Lean Methodology, 6 Sigma Green Belt, 5S and Kaizen waste and cost reduction projects. Proven track record of streamlining workflow, enhancing productivity and executing corporate policies and procedures.

Strong Financial Acumen managing budgets, acquisitions, forecasting and leading growth strategies.

Skilled in Systems Implementation by championing QS/ISO initiatives in Safety, Quality and Environment, C-TPAT and PIP border security programs, various IT and Warehouse Management System implementations.

Experience in leading New Model Programs, Capacity Expansion and Rightsizing initiatives, launching numerous expansions, facilities, productions lines and programs.

Expertise in Relationship Building by working within both unionized and non-unionized environments. Participated in two successful union de-certifications by achieving common goals. Strong commitment towards mentoring employees.

Believe in strong family, community and work ethic with integrity, fairness and equality as guiding principles.

Career Experience

Nov. 2014 – present Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Belvidere Assembly Plant Belvidere, Illinois

Industrial Engineering Manager

Requested to relocate to the Belvidere Assembly Plant (5 Mil. sq. ft.) after seven months with FCA to provide strong leadership support for the Industrial Engineering department comprising eight people. Doing so required supporting the stamping, body in white, paint and assembly centers for production of the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass and Patriot models on a single assembly line. 251 productivity redeployments were achieved, along with effective manpower control while rebuilding internal/external relationships and strengthening systems implementation and maintenance.

Apr. 2014 – Oct. 2014 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Sterling Stamping Plant Sterling Heights, Michigan

Industrial Engineering Manager

Leadership of a five person department, supporting the world’s largest stamping plant (2.7 Mil. sq. ft.) with 32 Press lines and 44 Weld Sub-Assembly lines including hoods, roofs, lift gates, body side apertures, fenders and floor pans for Chrysler vehicle assembly plants in North America and Venezuela. I focused the department on establishing common practices, kaizen development, data analysis for Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) projects and integrating “Workplace Organization” with heavy emphasis on production support.

Jul. 2012 – Apr. 2014 U.S. Manufacturing Corporation Warren, Michigan

Area Manager – Engineering and Manufacturing (Plant Manager type role)

Production leadership of extrusion, weld and machining operations of axle tube assemblies and intermediate drives shafts as a Tier 1 and 2 Supplier. Daily activities include driving change in the improvement of Safety; Quality; Delivery; Cost and Morale between manufacturing technicians (hourly), production supervision, maintenance, quality and other support departments. Demonstrated results in cost reduction, refinement of metrics, i.e. OEE and cost/unit, 8D Problem Solving, as well as strategic planning were achieved.

Jan. 2012 – Jun. 2012 Mucci PAC Ltd. (Mucci Farms) Kingsville, Ontario

Director of Operations

Oversight of multi-location (Ontario and Michigan) packaging and shipping facilities of hydroponically grown, greenhouse vegetables with maintenance, quality, personnel and logistics responsibilities. Short term tasks included development of a quality manual; key performance indicators; capacity expansion actions; organization structure implementation and numerous safety improvements.

Jul. 2011 – Jan. 2012 eLogistics Solutions Belle River, Ontario

Principal Consultant (self employed)

Matched companies together for required supply chain services, and delivered project completion in the areas of Canadian customs brokerage; small parcel and LTL shipping; pick and pack fulfillment; international freight forwarding; warehousing and border security programs. A major success was putting together an acquisition program of two service providers.

Nov. 2011 – Jan. 2012 triOS College Business Technology Healthcare Inc. Windsor, Ontario

Part Time Instructor Supply Chain & Logistics Diploma Program (6 -10 p.m., Mon. – Fri.)

Taught adult students the curriculum subjects of: Supply Chain and Logistics; Purchasing and Inventory Management; Transportation; and Security and Compliance.

Mar. 2005 – Jun. 2011 Russell A. Farrow Limited Windsor, Ontario

International Logistics Director (General Manager type role)

Transformed strategic, operational and facility management with unprecedented 20% YOY growth for the and RAF Express Inc. divisions in the areas of customs clearance, warehousing, pick and pack fulfillment, cross border transport, expedite trucking and courier freight services. Responsibilities included management oversight, planning, business development, financial control and personnel development. Implemented and integrated new warehouse management and enhanced proprietary customs and shipping software. Transitioned operations into four separate warehouse facility expansions due to obtained client acquisition and growth. Lead the execution of the sales, marketing and client service deployment for the division. I developed an empowered leadership team of six managers and 100 administrative, customs specialist, transportation and warehouse staff in Vancouver, BC and Windsor, ON facilities.

Jun. 1989 – Mar. 2005 Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited

Positions held over 16 years in four Windsor, Ontario and Dagenham, England manufacturing facilities:

Team Manager - Industrial Engineering and New Programs; Production Superintendent – Small Engine Components; Engine Line Specialist; Logistics Program Launch Lead; Superintendent - Material Planning and Logistics; Manufacturing Engineer; Industrial Engineer; Production Supervisor; Plant Layout and Automation Engineering

Advanced to become a member of the plant executive Operating Committee whose key function was to lead the efficient operation and strict financial control of a 2.3 million sq. ft. manufacturing plant. Drive all associated activities for reduced hours/unit without sacrificing Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Morale or the Environment. Implemented numerous Kaizen cost saving actions and received awards in materials and labour efficiency. Trained extensively and guided 5S Workplace Organization; 8D Problem Solving; Lean Methodology; Kaizen; Kanban; Value Stream Mapping, Green and Black Belt Six Sigma and Project Management. I succeeded in leading up to 100 hourly, unionized personnel with 16 salaried engineers and supervisors in assembly, engineering, machining, maintenance, material handling and quality functions for reduced hours per unit and cost per unit deliverables.


Sep. 2001 – May 2004 Wayne State University – 3.88 GPA Detroit, Michigan

Master of Science in Engineering Management

Sep. 1990 – May 1995 Lawrence Technological University – 3.22 GPA Southfield, Michigan

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jan. 1986 – May 1988 St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Sciences – 3.81 GPA Windsor, Ontario

Diploma of Industrial Engineering Technology


2015 MTM Association – Trained in MTM-1 Basic and MTM-UAS BlueCard certified.

2011 Canada Border Services Agency - Successfully completed the Professional Customs Brokers Examination

2007 Canadian Society of Customs Brokers - Certified Customs Specialist (C.C.S.) with annual recert.

2005 Canadian Professional Logistics Institute - Professional Logistician (P. Log.) with annual recertification

2004 International MODAPTS Association - Certified MODAPTS Practitioner

2003 Ford Motor Company - Consumer Driven 6 Sigma Green Belt

2003 Ford Motor Company – Lean Methodology Institute, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Jidoka, Kaizen Events,

-2000 Standardized Work, Ford Total Preventative Maintenance training


Business Model for Determining Non Product Investment in a Manufacturing Facility – Wayne State University – Final Leadership Project Report 2004 – Engineering Management Masters Program and presented at the 2005 Portland, Oregon International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology.

Community Involvement

Growth Dimensions, Belvidere Chamber of Commerce – Board Member

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare – Past Board of Directors and Quality of Care Committee Member

Windsor Aquatic Club – Past President Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex – Past Chair Build Committee, Board of Directors, House Leader

Society of Manufacturing Engineers – Past Chair – Windsor and Essex County Chapter

Town of Essex, Parks and Recreation Committee – Past Community Adhoc Member

Blood Donour (regular) – Canadian Red Cross

Student Mentoring - High School, College and University Co-op Students (continuous)

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