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Manager Plant

Belvidere, Illinois, 61008, United States
October 31, 2016

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Larry Cunningham

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Belvidere, IL 61008


Results-oriented manager, with extensive people, sales and manufacturing-based skills in Industrial/Manufacturing, engineering, Production, Maintenance, Process development, plant layout, capital projects and team/training and development.


SPIDER COMPANY, INC. Rockford, IL Jan 2014-present

Operations/Product Manager

Responsibilities include managing the manufacturing operations, development of new branding and marketing for business and product line. Expand sales through existing customers and developing new.

Accomplishments include; increasing manuafacturing output by 30% while reducing overtime to near 3% vs history of 20-30%. Instituted lean concepts from scratch where none existed. Realigned staff and brought in new talent. Development of accountability throughout operation and production floor.

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL-Sensing & Control Div, Freeport, ILJan 2011-Jan 2014

Value Stream Manager

Promotion to multi site P&L responsibility for all fab, machining, and molding operations for NWIL operations. Assigned responsibility to turn around Mars Hill, NC molding plant and then transition to Juarez Mexico site. Nearly doubled plant output and moved project ahead of schedule while keeping the workforce engaged.

Machining operations include, multispindle, cold heading, CNC, plating, and furnace. Increased hours backflush by 10% in first four months. Decreased DOS by 6% and cost per hour by 9%. Identified as High potential employee.

Manufacturing Manager (Switch Assembly)

Responsibe for $30MM+ in electro-mechanical switch manufacturing division. Reduced cost per hour by 15% in one year. Captured and reduced scrap by 40%.Increased product output by 18%. Instilled accountability and restructured operations. Successfully lead/ing capital projects to completion. Lead numerous Kaizen events for large and small scale issues. Green Belt certified.

COREPOLE, INC., Belvidere, IL Jan 2001-Oct 2010


Created and launched unique, new fitness/rehab product worldwide into the commercial market. Developed and set up patent. Branded product from scratch, developed manufacturing sources for product and accessories, created development team of respected people within the industry, set up distribution worldwide, developed marketing and promotional strategies, and handled all sales of the product. Voted Rockford area Entrepreneur of the year – 2007. Licensed patent and product to large company within industry.

ROYAL GRIP INC., Tempe, AZ Dec 1995-Dec. 2000

High volume manufacturer of rubber injection molded golf club grips including post processing and packaging utilizing work cells. (Royal Grip was acquired by Acushnet Rubber Company, New Bedford, MA)

Plant Manager

After promotion to Plant Manager, responsibilities included direct accountability of manufacturing, engineering, Quality Assurance, Purchasing, and production control in this plant of 120 manufacturing personnel. Increased production output by 40% (reduced plant from three shifts to two shifts while maintaining the same output) and reduced scrap by 300% in 6 months. Reduced unit cost by 30% over this same time period. Developed plans with each functional area to meet strategic goals. Reduced front end tooling development costs by 50%, and implemented the beginning of new prototype development process. This plant went from a 9% net loss to profitability in 9 months. Worked directly with aftermarket and OEM customers on new and existing programs.

Manufacturing Manager

Responsibilities included manufacturing, engineering, and quality assurance. Developed and implemented skill based pay system, manufacturing and supervisory training, realigned functional responsibilities to better meet internal and external customer needs.

TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS, Mesa II facility, Mesa, AZ Oct 1993-Dec 1995

Major producer of automotive airbag systems employing 3000.

Sr. Production Manager (Pyrotechnic and Augment airbag inflator lines)

As pyro production manager, responsibilities included: direct supervision of 6 cell leads in a department of 170 producing a major portion of 13MM inflators/year. As augment production manager, responsible for startup of new inflator lines (green field start-up): hired, trained and set up staff of 65 operators and cell leads, maintenance technicians. Coordinated production activities with ME’s, product engineers and IS (information systems) for production validation/pre-production runs and debug/certification/PM of new machines.

Maclean Power Systems (MPS), Franklin Park, IL Sep 1989-Oct 1993 (Div. of MacLean Fogg)

Manufacturing division of pole line hardware and composite insulators for the power distribution industry.

Sr. Industrial Engineer


University of Phoenix, Tempe, AZ campus MBA 1997

University of Wisconsin, Platteville, WI BS IET 1990


Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 School board member 2002-2013

Belvidere Youth Services volunteer Student Mentor

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