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senior manager plant operations

Severna Park, Maryland, United States
January 30, 2017

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Bobby Lee Farris *** Benfield Road, Severna Park MD 21146

Cell: 203-***-****


Operations/Manufacturing Background and Management/Leadership Skills

Highly driven individual capable of transferring that energy to others. I am able to build solid motivated teams with management, workforce, and unions. Have built strong working relationships based on Integrity, Honesty, and “Doing What Is Right” philosophy. I have a great appreciation for the work force realizing that the success in manufacturing predominately comes from a Safe, Appreciated, and Recognized group. SAFETY of all people has to be the predominant focus of all that we do. There nothing more important than SAFETY without exception!

I am very sales oriented and work well with Sales, Customer Service, and the Customer. I have always been available to visit customers to evaluate cost cutting opportunities, resolve product issues, and supported the development of problem solving ideas. I am very computer literate and able to build presentations around the business as well as data analysis resulting in a solution approach to move forward.

Overall plant management to include P&L Management, Plant Safety, Quality, and Plant Performance. Setting goals, budgets, and anticipating business growth and the support needed to support that growth. Developing and selling capital projects to further support business growth. Develop potential leaders within the organization to better manage from within.

My professional experience has centered on corrugated manufacturing, but my managerial and leadership skills and can be applied to many different situations. My genuine focus is always around the people and the success of the people.


Consulting for Manufacturing

Evaluate Plant Safety - LO/TO, Guarding, Electrical, PPE, Hearing Protection, SDS Information, Ergonomics, Fire Protection, First Aide Training

Manager Skills – Evaluate leadership skills, Data Analysis abilities, Ability to

address people issues, Supervisor Pay and Bonus Programs with Metrics, Hold training seminars/Team Building sessions to develop managers, Setup Performance Reviews Guidelines

Evaluate Waste Opportunities – Look for the losses due to scheduling, machines, crew errors, handling damage

Evaluate Plant Processes – Manufacturing, working documents, crew training, equipment integrity

Maintenance Programs – Preventive, Reactive/Repair, Maintenance support and training, Historical Maintenance Issues, Parts Management, Electrical/Electronic Talent

Interview Plant Personnel – Seeking to understand perceived issues from the plant workers regarding all aspects of their jobs, managers, owners, safety, what they would like to see changed

Plant Superintendent – Technical Resource 2014 – 5- 2016

West Rock Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

Involved in new business development working with Sales, Customer Service, and Production.

Involved in a turn-around plant with primary focus on corrugator maintenance, quality, and performance.

Results: Triple speeds from 285 f/m to 450+ f/m

Reduction in waste: 13% to 8.5% plant wide

Corrugator quality near perfect with no customer complaints based on board in 12 months

Starch consumption from over 4.0 lbs/msf to 2.4 lbs/msf average.

Crew training in maintenance, solving quality issues, proper corrugator operational techniques

Increased compression numbers in bulk

Corrugator lineal/hour from 16,000 to 21,000 – 65% triple wall

Uptime % from 75% to 92%

Plant Manager 2013 - 2014

Pratt Industries – Quality Carton,

New Windsor, NY

Acquisition Plant

Initiated a major plant clean-up – building, grounds, tooling, plant work areas

Evaluated all converting machines and started repairs – Developed machine audits

Implemented training for operators and supervisors in box making and printing

Developed budgets, managed to those budgets – labor –maintenance – quality, operating supplies

Explored new business opportunities and worked closely with sales

Evaluated head count and reduced based on current business needs

Increased MSF/hour across converting machines

Decreased customer complaints substantially

Worked with customer service to ensure plant documents were correct – routing - costing

Reduced waste across the plant - sheets received, defective boxes, inventory management

Operations Manager – Plant Manager 2005 - 2013

Rand Whitney Container LLC

Newtown, CT

Operations Manager of a Safe - Well organized and Profitable corrugated box plant.

Plant went from losing to making - $6 million dollar swing

Negotiated Union Contracts

Developed new business with the sales group

Developed and implemented capital projects to completion and within budget

Increased plant productivity - corrugator and converters

Quality was outstanding - $0.06 /MSF in complaints monthly

Setup plant budgets - maintenance, Inks, Starches, supplies, Labor, Misc. cost

Led the plant safety program

Developed crew leaders enabling the plant to run with minimal supervision

Up-time reliability across all machines through strategic preventive maintenance

High moral and low turnover plant with minimal absenteeism

Plant Manager 2001 - 2005

International Paper

Chesapeake, VA

Production Manager over corrugator and converting operations. Fully responsible for ALL plant operations: maintenance, corrugator, converting, people development, hiring, goal setting, waste reductions, and shipping/transportation. Have active involvement in supervisor development providing leadership development and tools for success. Current management team directly involved in financial turnaround of the plant as compared to previous years. Improved machine and production reliability in all areas. Significant improvements in quality, caliber of people, lead times, general plant appearance. Have developed strong management presence with good union management relations. Manage with "Do What Is Right" philosophy.

Quality Coordinator – National Accounts – and Corrugated Division 1993 - 2001

Georgia-Pacific, Corporation

Atlanta, Georgia

Quality Coordinator for National Accounts - Quality Liaison for National Accounts and 53 box plants. Worked with plants in developing quality systems through the use of statistical applications as well as manufacturing systems. Part of the development team and leader of the Divisional Quality and Manufacturing Excellence Program for the box plants.


Bob Jones University - 3 years

Greenville, South Carolina

Majored in music- Piano

North Carolina State University - 2 years

Raleigh North Carolina

Engineering courses

Mount Olive College, North Carolina

Associate Degree

Music - Piano

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