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Thermoforming Operations Manager

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
October 27, 2016

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Santiago Valdes 732-***-****

*** ***** ***** ****** *******

Allentown, PA 18109

Professional Summary

Production management professional with over 17 years’ experience in thermoforming.

Experience in large, fast-paced, multi-line facilities.

Proven track record of achieving sustained improvements in quality, cost and delivery functions.

Demonstrated ability to: effectively lead, coach and develop a large work team to accomplish operational objectives identify, diagnose and resolve operational, manufacturing and maintenance problems within deadlines.

Plan work flow, manage multiple priorities and meet daily production targets while consistently reducing downtime.

Develop new procedures and processes to improve production accuracy.

Set up health and safety audit procedures and improve safety efficiencies.

Competently utilize Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, SPC and related process improvement techniques to ensure the most cost-effective manufacturing process.

Establish and maintain acceptable quality levels for all assigned products and interpret and develop reports including standard operating procedures.

Efficiently set and control operational budgets.


Sencorp, Plastic & Packaging machinery, thermoforming machine; Sencorp Machine 2500, Inline Thermoformer

Brown Machine Mechanic

Armac 3030L Hydraulic Inline Thermoformer; Armac 3040 Hydraulic Inline Thermoformer; Armac 3340SD Servo Thermoformer

HP2000R Cut-in-place Thermoformer; Automatic Vacuum Forming Machines

ILLIG RDKP 72G; ILLIG RDM 54K; ILLIG RDM 45/3; ILLIG RDM 58/3; ILLIG RV74 Lyle Industries Thermoforming machines including Lyle 130fm and Lyle 132rft36 CNC milling machines FADAL VMC-4020A Tool & Die Maker



2/08 – Present, Thermoforming Operations Manager, McLean Packaging, Nazareth, PA

Work with Sencorp 2500 and Brown thermoformers processing PET, PVC, HIPS, FLOCK

Company produces a variety of packaging from thermoformed trays and corrugated cartons and display to paper boxes, and folding cartons.

Planned, organized, supervised and implemented manufacturing procedures in accordance with Quality Assurance methods, new process technologies, organizational strategies and quarterly/annual budgets.

Supervised and administered staff and equipment/machines throughout production process.

Analyzed and prepared production budgets and timelines required to complete production projects.

Held discussions with clients and modified wherever necessary.

Ascertained production did not exceed sales budget and was cost effective for firm.

Ensured that all safety and quality measures were adhered to during production process, from beginning to end.

Prepared various training programs, with consideration for complexity of production process and construction engineers' skills. Enabled proper utilization of resources, reducing wastage.

6/02 – 2/08, Production Supervisor, United Forming - Raritan, NJ

Better opportunity – company closed

Facility produced thermoformed blisters, POP displays, setup box inserts, clamshells, fold-over industrial tri-folds.

Supervised the daily set-ups and start-ups of production equipment.

Supervised the assembly and packing of high volume runs monitored cost and quality of production integrated

Developed new team members

Implemented preventive maintenance program for production facilities.

Instituted and monitored safe work practice procedures to maintain an injury-free and efficient production facility

Conducted quality control inspections

Achieved a consistent record of improving production runs and reducing costs.

10/99 – 6/02, Thermoform Machine Operator, Thermoplastic Inc., Union, NJ

Career growth to supervisory level

Company produced heavy and thing gage thermoformed items.

Equipment included Sencorp thermoformers all have a forming area of 33“x 40” x 4.75”. (material ran between .010 and .100 gauge). The Brown rotary vacuum former ran parts up to 72” x 48” x 24”. Sheets ran up to .500 thick

Daily set-ups and sit-ups of production equipment thermoforming machine.

1994 – 1999, Equipment Maintenance Technician, Cement Factory, Cuba


Industrial Engineer Jun 1995 – Nov 1999

University: Candido Gonzales Morales - Cuba

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