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.
Root Cause Analysis
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Mid America Manufacturing Technology Center 1996-2001
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