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Strategic manufacturing leader with a solid understanding of business management applications and an award-winning record of successful results in plant operations management, Lean/Kaizen project productivity improvements, and project execution. Extensive background in:
Revenue & Profit Growth Budget & Expense Control Strategic & Solution Planning
Statistical Process Control Behavior Based Safety Kaizen/Lean Mfg.
Quality Assurance/ISO Networking & Relationship
Change Management Performance Management Staff/Team Development
2014- Present Gildan Active Wear, LLC Mocksville Assistant Plant Manager
Textile Manufacturing Assistant Plant Manager responsible for managing Gildan’s largest Ring Spinning operation in NA ($142 Million investment) Mocksville Plant Start up including the installation of the following new equipment:
52 Rieter Cards/Blow Room, Breaker/Finisher Drawing/ 87 G36 Ring Spinning 1824 Spindles/ 87 Saurer Autoconer 6 Winders/EJ Packing, 28 Electro- Jet Roving Machines, Laroche Super Blend line, including the purchase and start up of auxiliary support equipment for all departments of the new facility
LEAN/Kaizen/OSHA Safety initiatives for new plant start up
Screening/hiring/training, production placement and development of 300 hourly employees and 8 Supervisors/Department Managers
Coordinating/directing the daily installation work plan between the OEM’s and the plant production and management personnel
Conducted weekly OEM/Plant Manufacturing/Contractor Meetings during installation of all equipment
Liaison between OEM Lead Installation Technicians and Gildan Management Team
Successfully brought the operation up from “ground zero” to 500,000 lbs/wk yarn production within one year with zero yarn defects to customer
2012-2014 Weyerhaeuser Emerson, AR Plant Manager Veneer/Plywood Technologies
Timberlands/ Wood Products Division Managed 24/7 operation with 250 associates
Successfully negotiated new Union Contract to include stricter safety language than previous contracts had accomplished
Improved plant infrastructure by negotiating with the local Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas State Senator and the State of Arkansas Commerce Division of Highways to pave the road leading into the plant
Consistently met production and quality requirements for the operation
Successfully coached and mentored two Supervisors who were promoted to higher leadership positions during my two years as Plant Manager at Emerson
Developed/implemented a new Maintenance Program to improve work order effectiveness and “wrench turn time” in the operation
2010 to 2012 Mohawk Industries, Holden, West Virginia, a Natural Hardwood Flooring Manufacturer:
Plant Operations Manager.
Responsible for total plant operations (Production, Finishing, Quality, (Kaizen/Lean Projects), Shipping, Maintenance
Achieved the avoidance of a Union organization attempt while employed at Unlin
2007 to 2010 JPS Composites, Greenville, South Carolina
A manufacturer of Aero Space composite materials used in diverse applications including, EIFS, Mesh, Ballistics,Aerospace,and Filter material
Plant Manager: Responsible to the Vice President of Operations for
managing a Composite Yarn manufacturing and weaving (Fiberglass and Mesh), Fiberglass Fabric Finishing/Packaging, and vinyl/PFTE coated yarn manufacturing facility.
Project Team Leader /Lean/Kaizen events to include $600,000 new equipment purchase, installation and set-up. Net Result: Increased production by 2%. Labor reduction of $300,000 (department downsizing)
Optimized plant efficiencies, reduced costs, and increased revenue to meet economic down- turn through Lean/Kaizen initiatives. Net Result: Reduced cost of total manufacturing by $800,000.
Modified equipment to reduce production waste. Kaizen Scrap Initiative Net Result: Decreased scrap by $300,000 in 7 months.
Worked with Sales and Customer base to optimize satisfaction in quality and product performance. Developed customer partnerships to determine design changes needed to improve customer throughput; and to improve and share cost reductions. Net Result: Met goals 100%.
Improved packaging of new business assimilated into the plant in which packaging and shipping of product was quality critical. Developed new packaging design and improved mode of process flow through manufacturing and shipping for greater protection to fabric.
Achieved ISO 9000-AS9001 Plant certification
Developed and implemented improvement and training plans for employee safety behavior and observation to reduce lost time injuries. Net Result: Decrease plant lost time injuries from 3 per year in 2008 to zero in 2009.
Proficient in SAP, Microsoft Office, Excel, AS400, Power Point, and I-Maint (on line maintenance)
2000 to 2007 Sonoco Products Company, Chester, Virginia and Munroe Falls, Ohio
A global packaging solutions provider manufacturing engineered carriers
Plant Manager: Responsible to the Business Unit Manager for plant operations to include managing up to 100 employees, overseeing project teams, and budget control.
Identified and resolved operational issues and constraints. Improved efficiencies, reduced overhead costs, and increased revenue. Net Result: Enhanced top line growth of business operations from $13,000,000 to $15,000,000 within a 2 year period. ( Munroe Falls Lean/Kaizen initiatives)
Kept employees highly motivated by minimizing turnover and maximizing employee retention. Net Result: Improved turnover by 1%. ( Most employees were seasoned veterans and turnover was very unusual).
Integrated customer feedback into production processes increasing customer retention and product satisfaction utilizing Lean Manufacturing principles. (Customers were Dow Chemical; Johns Manville; and St.Gobain).
Achieved ISO 9000-9001 Plant Certification
Resume of Dee Parker
Managed culture change at plant for safety performance utilizing behavior-based safety initiatives. Developed and implemented policies to combat lost time injuries. Net Result: Reduced lost time injuries from 15 per year to zero within a year. .
1993 to 2000 Delta Mills Marketing, Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Premier totally vertical woven fabric manufacturer for Levi Strauss as well as US Government orders for military applications. Worked with Delta, Rieter Corporation and Picanol to complete a $72 Million plant renovation project to upgrade plant to Open End Spinning and Air Jet Weaving
Plant Mfg Manager (Weaving and Yarn Division): Responsible to the PM/ VP of Operations
Responsible for managing: daily production schedule for 150 employees and 15 supervisors, total plant safety performance, and operation and repair for fully vertical yarn and weaving operation; 220 production machines and auxiliary equipment. (Rieter Cards/Blow Room, Schlafhorst Ring Spinning, Rieter Open End Spinning/Winding/..WestPoint Warpers/ Slashers/Picanol Air Jet Weaving Machines
Worked as liaison between the OEM’s Installation Technicians and Delta Management Team to coordinate weekly project tasks during the plant upgrade project
Controlled material and equipment expenses while maintaining production target and goals on $75,000,000 in revenue. Net Result: Exceeded efficiency and quality goals. Plant went from 85% efficiency @10% off-quality to 92% efficiency @ 0.09% of quality, winning the South Carolina Governor's Quality Award for the achievements.
Led initiative to maximize company profit by implementing changes in organizational development, team building and project execution. Directed the interviewing, hiring and training of all plant personnel.
Built a new Training Center within the plant and worked hand-in –hand with Rieter and Picanol experts to train manufacturing Instructors, Technicians and Production Operators for the new Rieter and Picanol equipment
Developed strong rapport with customers, Rieter and Picanol to implement procedures and controls to ensure high consistency and quality of production.
Texfi Industries/Marion Fabrics, Marion, North Carolina
Manufacturing Manager for a fully vertically-integrated textile greige goods manufacturer,
Shipping & Receiving, Yarn Mill (Carding/Drawing/Schlafhorst Ring Spinning/Murata Winders) through Weaving (Jacquard/Dobby), and a beam/ package, Dye and Finishing operation.
Met production requirements throughout operation as well as maintained a safe work environment
Experience with production of diverse fiber types: Rayon,Lycra, 100% Cotton, Polyester and 50/50 Cotton Poly blends
Director of Human Resources/Training & Safety Coordinator: Responsible to the Vice
President of Human Resources for coordinating human resources for a 4 shift operation of
800 employees and 24 shift supervisors.
Advanced Analytical Method of Training (AAMT) – Clemson University Extension – Greenville, South Carolina – 1988
AAMT Employee Training & Development and Business Administration – McDowell Technical Community 1990
College – Marion, North Carolina –
Studies in Business Administration – Western Piedmont College – Morganton, North Carolina- 1987
Lean Manufacturing Training/Kaizen Certification
Six Sigma Training
ATS Maintenance Troubleshooting Certification
Statistical Processes Control Certification
Employee-Management Relations Certification
Advances in Management Certification
McGraw-Hill Business Management Certification
North Carolina Industrial Commission - Industrial Safety Certification
Western Carolina Industries – Industries Supervisory Management Certification
Certified Mentor/Coach for Management and Hourly Employees (Center for Creative Learning; Greensboro, NC)
Kepner Tregoe Troubleshooting/Root Cause Analysis
2002-2005 Sonoco Presidents’ Safety Award 1999 Delta Mills/South Carolina Governor’s
2005 Sonoco Corporate Customer Satisfaction Award
2006 Sonoco Customer Excellence Award
McDowell Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chairman Adopt/School Award
2007 Sonoco Customer Service Award
1995 Delta Mills Presidents’ Management Award
2010-Unilin-Mohawk- Employer of the Year Award
2013-Weyerhauser-Emerson Plant Community Service Award Magnolia Chamber of Commerce
2014-15 ITMA recognition for building/start up of world’s largest ring spinning operation for Gildan