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Manager Plant

Keller, TX
October 14, 2019

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Brian Rhodes, PE

Fort Worth, TX


Operations/ Continuous Improvement Management

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

A registered Professional Engineer with extensive experience in Continuous Improvement and Lean manufacturing. Demonstrated ability to reduce costs and improve processes through various Six Sigma and Lean tools. Experience with a variety of industries including aerospace, sheet metal fabrication, plastics and more. Expert at building cross-functional and agile teams for solving problems.

Lean Manufacturing

Quality Improvement


Project Management

Plant Layout

Preventative Maintenance

Process Automation

Cost Reduction

Root Cause Analysis

Professional Experience

Cantex Corporation Mineral Wells, TX

Kaizen Blitz Leader Apr-Jun 2019

Injection Molding Plant manufacturing electrical conduit fittings and boxes

Contract position initiated to help company solve fulfillment issues and improve throughput at plantApr

Worked with outside vendors and tooling companies to solve issues to improve up-time and improve flow of products to fulfill customer needs. Made assembly fixtures to improve productivity by 50%

Covia Corporation, Cleburne, TX

Apr2018- Apr2019

Continuous Improvement Manager

Sand Mining and processing facility

Initiate Lean improvement ideas using 5S, Reduction of Transportation, KPI’s as well as Kaizen Events and other productivity improvement methods, implementing a continuous improvement program.

Initiated remote maintenance shops to reduce maintenance travel time by 75%.

Reduced downtime of processing plant due to maintenance problems by 35% overall.

PENHALL Co, Dallas, TX

June 2017 – Jan 2018

Productivity Manager

Highway and bridge construction and demolition company

Internal consultant managing a plant startup for a Grinder rebuilding shop, saving the co. $1.5MM/yr.

Worked with field operations across the US to help optimize and standardize processes

Worked to improve office procedures for contracts, AP and other systems

American Standard, Dallas, TX

Mar-Nov 2016

Quality Process Manager

Walk-in bathtub manufacturer

Responsible for incoming material quality as well as production quality

Worked with outside vendors to improve processes and maintain quality standards

Consolidated vendor process for cost savings and process flow improvement, saving $50K/year

Established quality metrics at facility to improve internal quality

Evaluated and improved supplier product quality by 50% saving the company $125K/yr. and improving customer satisfaction.

PECO/FACET, Mineral Wells, TX


Continuous Improvement and Maintenance Manager

Pipeline and Refinery Filtration company

Developed lean initiatives and managed maintenance for a 345-person, 17 building, 47 acres site

Set Up Preventative Maintenance program – saving $100K/yr. in maintenance costs (machine shop)

Developed training and implementation for company-wide 5S program

Managed Capital Projects budget of over $2MM

Implemented Continuous Improvement projects consisting of 8 Kaizen events in 18 months

Gardner Denver, Fort Worth, TX 2011-2012

Project Leader

Responsible for developing processes, product and building requirements for a new product line budgeted at $3.2Million

Retrofitted buildings and electrical supply, and installed new CNC and Laser marking equipment.

Hawker Beechcraft, Little Rock, AR


Lean Leader

Lead over 25 Kaizen events and realized $2.5 Million in cost reductions

Reduced lead time by 29 % by implementing a moving production line for aircraft assembly utilizing Visio production schedules. Worked with Avionics, final assembly, and aircraft maintenance teams to optimize aircraft assembly on the production lines. Managed projects through Senior Steering-Committee Management teams using MS Project.

Earlier Career

Vought Aircraft, Dallas, Texas 2008-2010

Sr. Lean Engineer- Aircraft production

BNSF Railway, 2006-2008

Implementation Leader – Rail transportation

Novatron Corporation 2005-2006

Plant Manager - Boat wiring harness and dashboard mfg.

Technical Consulting Network 2003-2005

Sr. Consultant

Mid America Manufacturing Technology Center 1996-2001

Engineering/Manufacturing Consultant


Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO – MBA, Finance and Management

Cleveland State University, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering

Professional Engineer, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Manufacturing Specialist

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