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Manager Project

Vermontville, Michigan, 49096, United States
October 24, 2016

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Professional Objective:

I would like to be an Engineering Manager for a progressive manufacturing company. I feel I can make significant improvements using my engineering and operations background. I am a servant leader who leads by example, dedication and integrity. I am skilled in LEAN Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement principals.

Work Experience:

Belmont Engineered Plastics August 2014 – Present

Project Manager (contract position)

Manage new product launches for injected molded products and assemblies. Improve manufacturing processes, cost and quality. Have recently managed a building renovation with a budget of $250,000 including upgraded offices, technology and cafeteria.

Amway Corporation, Ada, MI October 2012 – Aug 2014

Technical Support Organization – Process Manager (contract position)

Provide technical leadership in the design and development of equipment including purchasing, installation and validation. Manage project budgets and schedules for successful implementation. Drive execution of continuous improvement activities. Provide support for the Cosmetics operation at Amway which practices GMP manufacturing processes.

Rapid-Line, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI Oct 2011 – August 2012

Manufacturing Support Manager

Director of the LEAN Manufacturing initiatives, Quality Assurance Department and Maintenance team. My role was to provide the optimum support for manufacturing through LEAN Manufacturing, continuous improvement, quality improvements, and cost reductions. I managed many new product introductions as well as quote new business.

Johnson Controls, Inc., Holland, MI Sept 2010 – August 2011

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (contract position)

Project Manager responsible for launching car seat mechanisms for the Ford Focus and Toyota Camry. Responsible for over $900,000 in new equipment, training, APQP documentation and continuous improvement of the manufacturing processes.

Knape Industries, Inc., Rockford, MI March 2008 – Sept 2010

Production Supervisor

Managed the Assembly and Packaging Department plus the Shipping and Receiving Department. Lead the internal quality audits to meet ISO 2000 standards. Helped launch new products.

Knoll, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI April 2007 – Jan 2008

Engineering Manager (contract position)

Lead a team of 15 Product Design Engineers and Manufacturing Engineers to design and introduce new products into manufacturing. Primary focus was to improve cost through innovative design, lean manufacturing practices and automation. I developed and managed the capital budget for the facility of $2.1 million. Successfully launched a large product line extension that significantly increased sales.

Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company, Grand Rapids, MI 1991 - 2006

Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Senior Project Manager and Plant Superintendent

Managed the application and installation of over $35 Million in roll-forming, stamping, plating, painting and assembly operations over a fifteen year period. Managed capital budgets averaging $2.5 million per year.

Managed cross-functional teams in developing and launching over $60 million in new products over a 15 year period. Developed project schedules and facilitated the team meetings for successful product launches.

Managed the complete re-location of two factories including planning, Auto Cad layouts, hiring riggers to move equipment, installation and training of operators.

Key member of a corporate-wide team assigned to automate and streamline the product development and product costing process. Together we developed an interactive database and electronic sign-off system which cut the lead time for new product quotes in half from four weeks to two.

Fanuc Robotics, Auburn Hills, MI 1985 - 1989

Project Manager and Engineering Manager

Managed cross-functional groups to design, develop and install robotic systems for material handling and assembly applications.

Responsible for a $4.5 million contract for two robotic assembly lines which assembled and tested car seat motors for Delco Products.

Assigned to the Toronto, Ontario office to develop an Applications and Project Engineering group. Managed the Engineering Department and hired a replacement Manager prior to returning to the U.S. Headquarters.

Prab Robots, Kalamazoo, MI 1983 - 1985

Applications Engineer and Product Line Specialist

Developed robotic proposals including layouts, costing and detailed sequence of operations and cycle times.

Managed the technical aspects of importing a line of electric robots manufactured in Germany. Traveled to Germany to specify and approve of modifications to meet U.S. standards.

MAI Basic Four Computers, Tustin, CA 1981 - 1983

Manufacturing Engineer

Implemented cost improvement projects totaling $630,000 in annual savings in the manufacturing of hard disc drives and cable assemblies for mini-computers.


Carnegie Mellon University, Masters in Business Administration 1989 - 1991

MBA with a concentration in Manufacturing and Operations Management

Chairman of the Manufacturing Management Club

University of Michigan, Industrial and Operations Engineering 1977 - 1981

Concentration in Manufacturing Engineering, Graduated with Honors

House Steward, Delta Upsilon fraternity (hired cooks and managed meal service)

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