Sign in

Manager Product Development

Chicago, Illinois, 60631, United States
October 25, 2016

Contact this candidate


Mark J. Fedorak

**** *. ****** ***. *******, Illinois 60631-1904 773-***-****


Manufacturing, operations, and project management professional with a solid record of success and productivity improvements in precision manufacturing environments. Experienced in program management, new product development, heavy-haul freight locomotive design and assembly, automotive assembly, and CNC machining operations. Ability to incorporate Six Sigma and lean manufacturing methodologies in close tolerance machining and assembly operations achieved in world class organizations.


Six Sigma - $1.75 MM in savings

P&L responsibility for $320MM in combined locomotive orders

Lean manufacturing

Strategic planning


Positive Train Control - PTC

PACE Product Development – projects managed from concept to shelf

Teaching / training

Vendor partnership development

CNC implementation with 1000% thru-put increases


Plant layout

Inventory control

Materials management


FBB COMBUSTION LLC., Menlo Park / Chicago / New York 2014 - 2016

Manufacturer of an ultra-high heat mobile incinerator.


Start-up company has designed, prototype-tested, and is ready to manufacture a mobile combustor capable of incinerating treated wood and completely eliminating all hazardous waste chemicals. Wood such as used railroad ties, utility poles, and marine pilings that are treated with hazardous chemicals like creosote and pentachlorophenol can be completely vaporized - including both the wood and hazardous chemicals - instead of going to landfills as hazardous waste. The team has been lining up investment capital and introducing the combustor to potential customers.

ELECTRO-MOTIVE DIESEL, INC., LaGrange, Illinois 2012 - 2014

Manufacturer of heavy-haul freight locomotives, and contractor for testing and commissioning, upgrade and replacement parts, and service.

Program Manager

Led international, cross-functional, order fulfillment teams to insure all contract terms are met and customer expectations are exceeded. Locomotive customer base is world-wide, and orders require meeting various international regulations and design requirements, including Positive Train Control - PTC. EMD has multiple plants across the globe, and orders can be built at any plant depending on overall schedule, model ordered, options specified by the customer, and delivery and commissioning location.

Managed multiple North American and international orders worth a combined $320MM.

Responsible for locomotive orders incorporating Positive Train Control systems similar to the European ETCS design covering multiple countries. PTC systems included Alstom ETCS for the United Arab Emirates, and Siemens ETCS for Saudi Arabia.

Customers located in Canada, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Brazil, Gabon, and Congo.

THE CHAMBERLAIN GROUP, INC., Elmhurst, Illinois 2005 - 2011

Developer and manufacturer of access control products including Wi-Fi home control systems, residential garage door openers, gate openers, commercial door openers, telephone entry systems, and related accessories.

Program Manager (2005 - 2011)

Led cross-functional new product development teams to design and market segment-leading access control products.

Completed one of company’s most successful projects which included new technology coupled with innovative industrial design. Premium transmitter broke all sales expectations and influenced sales of other products. To date, cumulative sales of this single <$50 retail accessory exceed $4M. This project showcased the importance of professional industrial design which became a new requirement in the company’s future product portfolio.

Managed the team that designed and developed of a new platform of gate openers manufactured in the company’s Italian plant for sale in North America.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dearborn, Michigan 2000 - 2005

Automotive OEM.

Six Sigma Certified Black Belt (2002 - 2005)

Led Six Sigma projects involving part design evaluation, manufacturing capability analysis, part handling and installation, and system durability studies.

Saved $1.75 million total on completed projects.

Part design and assembly improvements resulted in line personnel reductions implemented in three plants.

Global Craftsmanship Supplier Liaison (2000 - 2002)

Subject matter expert for a team that created a training program to roll out Ford’s Global Craftsmanship initiative to Ford and Tier 1 engineering and management personnel. Created training materials and became Ford's only instructor to teach Craftsmanship concepts and tools to new vehicle program teams and Tier 1 suppliers.

COVEY MACHINE COMPANY, Chicago, Illinois 1995 - 2000

Manufacturer of roll cores for printing, coating, and converting applications.

Production Manager

Managed engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing, and led the company expansion from manual machinery to CNC machine tools. Guided the start-up company in developing application specifications, part size and thru-put capability analysis, and planning potential future products for the expansion of the company's manufacturing capabilities.

CNC capability over manual machinery increased thru-put over 1000%.

Developed specific machine selection criteria that gave the company potential to expand into new product lines without any extra capital expenditures.

DANMARK INDUSTRIES INC., Chicago, Illinois 1994 - 1998

Manufacturer and distributor of machine tool replacement parts.


BELDEN INC., Broadview, Illinois 1993 - 1994

Manufacturer of CNC multiple spindle drilling and tapping machinery and accessories.

Production and Plant Manager

Managed all manufacturing operations, purchasing, and inventory control functions.

20TH CENTURY MACHINE COMPANY, Sterling Heights, Michigan 1984 - 1993

Manufacturer of precision ball bearing leadscrews for CNC machinery applications.

Production Manager (1989 - 1993)

Managed all manufacturing operations, scheduling, and purchasing.

Led company move to new 125,000 s.f. manufacturing plant implementing new cellular manufacturing layout with minimal production disruptions.

Created an efficient plant floor layout that facilitated ease of product flow and safer working conditions.

Chief Engineer (1986 - 1989)

Managed all engineering functions.

Engineer (1984 - 1986)

Developed ball bearing lead screw designs using CAD systems.


Masters Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University / ESI Training

Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, Ford Motor Company

Six Sigma Kaizen Certificate of Excellence, Michigan Truck Plant, Ford Motor Company

Graduated Ford Quality Development Program, received Special Achievement Certificate for training course creation


Masters of Business Administration, Kellogg Graduate School of Management Executive Masters Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

B.S. Program, Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan

Language Skills: Fluent in Ukrainian. Conversational in Russian and Polish.

Contact this candidate