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Plant Manager, Operations Manager, Production Manager

North Tonawanda, NY, 14120
June 29, 2016

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Michael Mitchell ChemE MBA

**** **** ** ****: 716-***-****

Cambria, NY 14132

Professional Summary

Results Driven Leader with 10 years of progressive management experience seeking Plant Management position. Functional Experience:

Leadership, Change Management, Engineering, Reliability, Product Development, Project Management Management Skills:

• Culture Change

• P&L Responsibility

• Lean Six Sigma

• Continuous Improvement

• Production Startup

• Pay for Performance

Professional Experience

Durez Corporation, Niagara Falls, New York

Specialty phenolic resins, focused on coatings, aerospace, specialty friction, and floral foam markets Multi-Site Plant Manager (June 2015-current)/Plant Manager (September 2012 – May 2015)

• Manage all functions and operation of the Niagara Falls phenolic resin sixty person site from product design to product delivery. Responsible for business growth, and profit improvement averaging 20% annual improvement in gross profit for three consecutive years.

• Promoted to include responsibility of the Kenton, OH plant in June 2015 for a total team of 125 people. Implemented Lean Manufacturing leading to immediate inventory optimization through 5S and Material Resource Planning (MRP) resulting in $5K/month reduced offsite warehousing costs and improved customer delivery performance.

• Developed manufacturing strategy across business for both manufacturing sites and resale/toll products. Resulted in realignment of market segments and a 40% increase in sales volume and $2.8MM in MI growth.

• Implemented new management and approval system to ensure expedient work on newly developed resins, proper business fit, and alignment of all resources to bring product to market quickly and effectively.

• Conceived and implemented a cost improvement strategy generating over $500K/year in continuous improvement through Lean and Six Sigma.

• Recognize environmental impact as the biggest long term risk to business. Led reduction of hazardous waste generation from 4.9Ktons in 2012 to 3.6Ktons in 2015 with path identified for reduction below 1Ktons by 2017. Obtained Title V permit, brought RCRA program into compliance, and implemented a used oil reclaim process.

• Championed Pay for Performance system and Performance Management Technology systems across resin group. FMC Inc., Tonawanda, New York

The only North American producer of persulfates.

Production Manager - Persulfates (June 2010-September 2012) Manager of the Persulfate Production unit total team of 29 people. Responsible for budgeting, production forecasting, and management of the departments.

• Venture manager for $12.1M suite of expansion projects including increased cell capacity, downstream drying equipment, and packaging operation.

• Led an effort to track, analyze, and implement continuous improvement projects for the site. The effort organized and improved the effectiveness of the project work which totaled $1.3M in savings in 2010, $1.1M in 2011, and was on track for over $1M when I left the role in 2012.

• Led the plant to record annual production in 2011 through production prioritization, focus on effective outage management, and reliability focus.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer (2006-May 2010)

Duties included direct supervision of twenty seven hourly employees, day to day operations of the persulfate business, process improvement, and capital projects. Area of responsibility included, manufacturing, packaging and steam generation.

• Led $200K capital project to demo chemical storage building and replace with a new building including enclosed lab area.

• Identified a method to protect personnel from dangerous decomposition in pumps and led the installation.

• Identified, championed, and implemented a project to reduce shutdown time of the boilers from 24 hours to 4 hours resulting in annual profit improvement of $100K.

• Identified a method and led a team to remove a problematic scrubber and utilize excess capacity of other equipment to save the cost of replacement resulting in $40K savings. Michael Mitchell, ChemE MBA Cell: 716-***-**** Page 2 of 2 Professional Experience (Continued)

FMC Inc., Green River, Wyoming - World’s largest producer of natural soda ash. Plant Process Engineer (2004-2006)

Duties included process improvement, process support, and management of the ISO system, B&M spending, and operational excellence. Was lead supervisor for a crew of seven on a twelve hour rotating shift during this time as well as engineering responsibilities.

• Utilized knowledge from previous work to optimize a second gas calciner (kiln) resulting in gas savings of 37,000 MMBtu/year.

• Completed a steam optimization project that partially replaced 200# steam with 25# steam resulting in additional electrical generation form the steam turbines.

• Optimized temperature controls on large dissolvers to further reduce usage of 200# steam.

• Filled the role of Production Superintendent for two months while he was out on disability.

• Led one of four production crews for the startup of a mothballed plant for six months of this time. Technical Department Process Engineer (2003-2004)

Projects included value steam mapping, crystallization work, phase diagram work, mass and energy balances, pump sizing, control loop analysis, and heat exchanger analysis.

• Worked on a team that implemented an advanced control system on a natural gas calciner (kiln), combined with a reduction in operating temperature this project resulted in a gas savings of 62,000 MMBtu/year.

• Optimized existing pumps to reduce chance of environmental release while saving the cost of installing new equipment.

• Provided a creative solution to a freezing problem on very short notice. Led project from identification of need to installation of equipment and startup.

Tom Brown Inc., Grand Junction, Colorado - Leader in natural gas exploration, drilling and production Summer Intern (2001)

I assisted the Production Engineer on Piceance field gas production; examining ways to increase production through the use of artificial lift and new compression stations. Assisted Plant Engineer and Foreman at the Lisbon plant to increase plant capacity and performance.

• Evaluated porosity/fluid dynamics of a gas field to determine the production potential of increased compression.

• Performed economic evaluation of increased production vs. cost of compression and value of deferred production. This evaluation led to purchase of approximately one million dollars in compression equipment.

• Scribed and assisted in Hazop of a new gas processing facility. Education

Kaplan University (Online)

MBA - 2011

Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO

B.S. – Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refinement, 2003 Scotts Bluff Flight School Scotts Bluff, NE

Private Pilots License, 2003

High Performance and Complex Aircraft endorsements, 2003 Professional Development

Applications of Performance Management Training – Aubrey Daniels International Lean Six Sigma Green Belt – University of Buffalo

Excellence in Leadership – R.W. Caldwell

Excellence in Leadership II – R.W. Caldwell

VacAdemics – Graham Corporation

Lean Manufacturing & Value Stream Mapping – Saddle Island Institute Black Belt in Incident Investigation – FMC

Auditor Global Safety, Health and Security Team – FMC

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