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Manager Project

Englewood, New Jersey, 07631, United States
January 08, 2017

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Kevin Richards

917-***-**** *** Glen Rd

Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Executive Summary

Professional Background

My experience is in manufacturing in high speed bottling plants of all shapes and sizes. I’m familiar with all types of process dealing with food and beverage to pharmaceutical plants. I have worked with companies to make sure they are compliant with various inspection agencies such as NSF (national sanitation foundation), UL and military. Capable of working in large facilities and small with multiple lines and staff under my supervision. Every company I have worked for has always seen an increase in efficiency and a better organization of operations from before I started at their company. I pride myself in making everything run safe and efficient from the minute I start. My expertise in working with various machine manufactures gives me an excellent ability to troubleshoot and fix equipment problems.

Consultant/Project Manager May 2015 to Jan 13 2017

Working with Delta Brands Inc. to help build a bottling facility in America. Started out as a consultant helping them pass a NSF facility audit in Turkey at their manufacturing plant. I then worked at designing and getting costs for building a liquid soap factory here in America. I have also been working on site selection factors in labor cost, utilities and logistics factors to help choose the site to build the factory. I got pricing for all components that go into the making of the products that they wanted to produce.

Plant Manager 2008-2015

Black Prince Distillery Clifton, NJ

Manage a union workshop of 21 employees. Responsible for running multiple production lines and all reporting paperwork. Responsible for dealing with various inspection agencies from FDA to Fire Inspection. Incorporated a sanitation procedure for cleaning tanks and process lines.

• When I started the company had issues with splashing on the filler that even the machine manufacture could not resolve. I had figured out that the pressure was too great in the pipeline designed a restrictor to reduce and resolve our issue and save us lost product.

Lead Consultant 2006 to 2008

Richards Consulting Brooklyn, NY

During this time I had just moved to New York City and was working with some different companies helping out with technical areas in production. Mostly troubleshoot solving with machines and labeling questions. I was doing this while I was looking for a permanent position. I had relocated because I had just got married and moved to here for my wife.

Operations and Distribution Manager 2004 to 2006

Woolrich Inc. Woolrich, PA

My job was to start up a state of the art bottled water facility. I was responsible for the hiring of all employees. I also was responsible for getting our water certified and license in all state that we distributed in. This included working with department of health in some states and DEP in Pennsylvania. I also was certified by the US Military to supply water to the armed forces. I had NSF do plant audits to make sure we had the best sanitary facility possible. I worked with suppliers to get the lowest price on materials and with trucking companies to get the best rate on shipping. I planned yearly budgets and broken down case cost per item, and setup a excel spreadsheet to breakdown the price of the case cost as the supplies cost change. I setup Production schedules and preventive maintenance schedules. I setup a recall plan for and emergency that would cause me to recall my product. Worked with designing labels according to FDA guidelines and was the first company to sell bottled water cases without any cardboard. In 2005 Woolrich Bottle Water sent 37 truckloads of water to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

• In our first year of business we had made a profit, this is considerable because of the low margin of profit in water bottling.

• I was trained by the National Sanitation foundation for HACCP training for Processors.

Production Supervisor 2003 to 2004

Cott Beverages Concordville, PA

Started working on dayshift running 3 high speed soda production lines in a Union workplace. I moved to night shift after a month to run 2nd Shift operations. My responsibilities included overseeing the production of a can line that ran 1200bpm and 2 plastic lines. I was also in charge of the maintenance department on night shift. I worked with the lab on making sure the flavors were ready for running and in spec. I had to deal with disciplining employees and included firing.

• Did daily production reporting in three different formats (AS400, Excel, Paper)

Team Leader/Shift Supervisor 1993 to 2003

Aqua Penn Spring Water Co./Dannon/Coca Cola Milesburg, PA

Started working at Aqua Penn in 93 as a machine operator, by august had moved up to line supervisor. In 94 I was a member of our founding safety committee and helped implement better working conditions of the production line, making our plant a better and safer work place. I achieved employee of the month awards for my ability to go above and beyond my job duties in Dec 94, May 95, and July 96. In 1995 we moved into the largest bottled water facility in North America. In 1999 I moved into position of Shift Superintendent on night shift. While in this position I was in charge of 3 high speed PET lines and 2 high speed Gallon lines.

I had 5 supervisors and 40 people that reported to me. In this time our shift had improved efficiencies to average 80% or better on all lines. In 1999 our company was bought out by Dannon Spring Water Company. In 2000 I was moved into Team Leader position due to downsizing, then in 2003 our company was bought out by Coca Cola. In 2003 I was moving from shift to shift working all areas of the plant due to my vast experiences and knowledge.


Effective Communication for Supervisors – Certificate

Communication & Active Listening – Certificate

Leadership & Motivation Training – Certificate

High Performance Team Training – Certificate

Penn State Sanitation Short Course Prerequisites for Food Safety

IBWA Certified Plant Operator – Certificate

5s Course Completion - Certificate


H.S. Diploma, Industrial Arts 1990

Juniata Valley High School Alexandria, PA

Architecture 1991

Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA

1 year completed of 2 yr. Degree

Specialized Training

GMP and HACCP Training National Sanitation Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI, 2004

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