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Manager Engineer

Fayette, Alabama, 35555, United States
October 25, 2016

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Fayette, Alabama 35555


Experienced plant manager with over 15 years of experience in porcelain/commercial ceramic tile, paper manufacturing/converting. Excellent track record of success in improving first run yields, implementing ISO quality improvements and process documentation, executing capital improvements and implementing LEAN tools to support increased productivity. Also implemented significant safety measures to improve workforce accountability and to lower costs. Particular expertise in developing winning teams to deliver profitable performance.



The largest tile manufacturer in North America with annual sales of more than $1B.

Glazed Porcelain Tile Plant Manager, Florence, AL (2014-2015)

Responsible for turn-around of this (recent acquisition of MarazziUSA) glazed porcelain plant of 210 employees with annual sales of approximately $100M.

First-time implementation of Dal-Tile’s Process Reliability system with data for improved decision-making.

Reorganized management team to place existing salaried personnel into successful contributing roles.

Hired key outside talent for positions of E.H. & S. Manager, Quality Manager, and Maintenance Manager/Plant Engineer.

Installed bottom up communication meeting system which drew on hourly operational personnel input to deliver reduced waste, increased quality.

Developed safety culture that improved Corporate GH&S audit scores from 44 to 91.

Reduced Workers Comp costs by 95% and OSHA TCIR reduced 45%.

Initiated Quality Management System actions to be certified under ISO 9001:2015.

Ceramic Quarry Tile Plant Manager, Fayette, AL (2001-2014)

Responsible for this commercial quarry tile plant of 100 employees with annual sales of approximately $20M

Delivered consistent budgeted performance improvements in plant KPIs of volume, quality and safety.

Named 2013 Dal-Tile Safety Mfg. Facility of the Year and attained top tier 2014 OHSAS 18001 audit score.

Instituted ISO 9001:2008 as the QMS and as the manufacturing training process by work position.

Implemented LEAN methods such as 5S+1, Kaizen projects, team member involvement at all levels.

Designed and implemented relief supervisor / relief key operator succession planning programs.

SHELBY TISSUE, INC., Memphis, TN 1993-2000

Private label manufacturer of bathroom tissue products.

Plant Manager (1997-2000)

Responsible for tissue paper manufacturing and converting operations of 130 employees and $25M annual sales.

Continued employee interaction initiatives that resulted in defeating a union organizing campaign.

Improved safety, employee relations, quality and production efficiency primarily through personal interactions with all employees and increased management sensitivity to issues on the floor.

Coordinated all operations with Financial and Sales groups to minimize manufacturing inventories.


Technical Manager (1996-1997)

Responsible for Engineering and Process functions including safety and quality. Continued building hourly employee relationships to increase their contributions and ownership of results

Initiated CMMS integration with an existing purchasing/storeroom inventory system to improve maintenance effectiveness and to reduce inactive spare parts inventory.

Led effort to replace a Yankee Dryer and upgraded its oil lubrication system.

Assisted in the development of a quality control program for incoming raw materials.

Developed vendor performance documentation to improve supplier communications and responsiveness.

Production Manager (1994-1995)

Increased efficiencies by 20% and reduced waste by 30% through operating procedure development.

Improved new-hire interviewing process with HR and reduced employee turnover by 25%.

Implemented many hourly employee ideas to increase personal safety and improve product quality.

Plant Engineer 1993-1994

Part of team that assessed and changed converting production equipment to eliminate bottlenecks which resulted in an eventual 50% increase in converting production.

Led development of maintenance KPIs, initialized predictive and preventive maintenance systems with a new CMMS.

Implemented a Work Request/Work Order system to collect maintenance data for machine history.

Improved maintenance team competency by utilizing OEM technical training resources on-site.

Contract Engineer with various technical temporary agencies to multiple companies, including:


Facilities Project Engineer

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP., Beech Island, SC 1988-1990

Field Engineer

AT&T – NASSAU METALS CORP., Columbia, SC 1985-1988

Project Engineer & Design Group Leader

MEPCO-ELECTRA, INC., Columbia, SC 1982-1985

Civil/Mechanical Project Support Engineer


Studied for BS - Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Completed numerous technical seminars and professional training courses including:

DuPont’s Central Safety and Health Organization

OSHA 10-Hour Safety & Health certification

MSHA Mine Safety Training certification

Kepner-Tregoe’s Analytical Trouble-Shooting

Clemson University’s Maintenance Management Effectiveness

Red Cross Certified First Aid Responder


Selected into the Who’s Who of Professionals for the year of 1998.

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