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Manager Plant

Tuscola, IL
February 26, 2020

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Richard Tyler

*** ********* ***. 630-***-**** cell

Elburn, IL. 60119



A manufacturing professional with more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, process improvement, Lean Manufacturing, EHS and warehouse/distribution environments.

Summary of Knowledge and Expertise:

Led 2 companies to ISO 9001 certification. Knowledgeable in ISO 9001 and AS9100 DFARS requirements as well as DOD inspections and Six Sigma.

In-depth experience in manufacturing processes, supply chain management, warehouse operations, facility re-location and/or expansion and Lean Manufacturing including 6s, FIFO, PFEP and problem solving methodology.

Skilled in operations planning and implementation, contract negotiating, facility layout, process implementation and improvement.

Manage, train and direct self-efficient work teams.

Strong communication skills.

Professional Experience

IMS Global Gear and Machining Operations Manager 09/2018 – 12/2019

Manufacturer of gears for major truck, agriculture and specialty vehicle manufacturers.

Responsibilities include producing to schedule, maintenance, production and continuous improvement initiatives. Improved housekeeping, maintained ISO requirements while working on major cultural shift.


Aurora Defense Group President 03/2016 – 09/2018

Manufacture of Lighting systems and Electro-mechanical devices for the military and prominent military suppliers such as General Dynamics, Oshkosh Corporation and BAE.

Responsible for adherence to Military/DOD contracts, Quality Assurance and maintenance. Insure compliance to all EHS and OSHA regulations. Establish Lean Mfg. goals and cost reduction initiatives and guidance to ISO 2001 2015 certification. Complete responsibility for the bottom line.

Axletech International. U. S. Gear division 12/2014 – 9/2015

Manufacturer of axle systems for the agricultural, military and commercial vehicles.

Operations Manager.

Responsible for all manufacturing operations and personnel in a 100 employee facility including costs, production, scheduling, lean initiatives, assembly and packaging.

Initiated and conducted cross training to increase flexibility of work force and accommodate

Compressed lead times to meet customer requirements.

Part of the Lean Management team moving company into a Lean Manufacturing facility.

Utilizing PFEP and machine Optimizers to determine set-up sequencing and lot quantities.

Use of FIFO lanes to better control WIP inventories.

Pamarco Global Graphics, Batavia, IL. 3/2013 – 12/2014

Manufacture of precision rolls for the engraving and printing industry.

Plant manager

Reporting to the company president I had full accountability for all financial, manufacturing, warehousing quality assurance, EHS and facility functions.

Reduced process time eliminating non-essential machine operations. Eliminated the

grinding operation on a major product line reducing cost and delivery time.

Reorganized warehouse into modular and relevant material areas.

Initiated and implemented 5s strategies in all areas.

Introduced lean manufacturing methodologies in warehouse and machining areas.

Hiwin Corporation, Elgin, IL. 2005-2013

Manufacturer and distributor of elevator motors, linear motion products and technologies.

Sr. Mgr. of Operations

I reported directly to the president while successfully directing the manufacturing, warehousing, purchasing, I.T, facility, EHS and quality assurance functions.

Managed and coordinated move from a 35,000 sq. ft. facility to a 104,000 sq. ft. facility. Negotiated and evaluated contracts with vendors and builder/developer relating to move.

Physical move was completed in one week and $125,000 under budget.

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Worked with all groups to write and implement procedures in accordance to ISO9000, 2000 guidelines.

Layout and installation of manufacturing and warehouse equipment and product.

Responsible for the direction of salaried and hourly employees including supervision, management, warehouse and manufacturing personnel.

Implemented process improvements utilizing KAN BAN methods and 5S techniques.

Reduced lead times by 30% and reduced product returns by 50% in 1 year.

Increased on time deliveries from 65% to 93%.

Developed and implemented structured documentation in an ISO format to

Comply with auditor requirements for parent company’s IPO in August of 2008.

Implemented 5S visual management techniques to shop and warehouse.

Responsible for all staff evaluations.

THK America, Inc. Schaumburg, IL. 1996-2005

Manufacturer and distributor of linear motion products. World Leader in linear motion guides.

Operations Manager.

Reporting to the company president directing manufacturing, warehouse, purchasing, facilities, EHS and quality assurance functions.

Managed extensive building renovations.

Streamlined production process of ballscrew machining and assembly.

Implemented quality initiatives to reduce rejected and returned material by 25%.

Organized warehouse and mfg. areas to accommodate new MRP system.

Part of committee selecting and implementing new ERP software.

Managed process to obtain ISO 9000 certification. Certification was obtained on the first effort. Also registered to the new ISO 9000, 2000 standards on the first try.

Reduced lead time on key product mix from 2-3- weeks to 1-2 weeks.

Created job descriptions and methods of performance metrics for personnel functions.

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Bley Engineering. Elk Grove, IL 1993-1996

CNC job shop specializing in heavy machining, welding and assembly of large components to customer specifications for medical and industrial businesses.

Operations Manager

Reported to the company president while managing all machining, assembly, welding, painting and shipping and receiving of product.

Responsible for all costs, material flow and part production from programming and

material purchase through shipping of product.

Reduced cost on 2 major product lines by 35%.

Helped retain 2 of the largest customers by improving deliveries and customer relations.

Warner Electric. Roscoe, IL. 1985-1993

Manufacture of automotive and industrial clutch and brake products.

Manufacturing Supervisor and Cost Reduction Engineer.

Reported to the plant superintendent directly supervising machining and assembly areas for high volume automotive parts production.

Managed and started 3rd shift high volume of automotive brakes and clutches.

Managed high and low volume production areas.

Helped develop and provide team training for "Excellence in Manufacturing" (Lean Manufacturing) course.

Trained employees in set up reduction methods, Kaizen and problem solving interaction skills.

Facilitated 12 teams to successful completion of cost reduction and process improvement projects.

Additional process experience with coil winding for electric brakes and motors, plating, thermoforming, vacuum packaging, heat treating, welding and die casting supervision.

Positions included full cost and financial responsibilities for manufacturing, facilities and assembly operations.

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Certified Supervisor program through Dana University.

Dana Corporation. Toledo, OH.

Bachelors Business Administration Equivalent.

Consists of college level courses in Manufacturing Technologies.

Various courses in accounting principles, asset utilization, manufacturing methodologies, cost reduction methods, marketing, set up reduction methods, capacity management, productivity improvement methods, team building methods, project management, human resources, warehousing and logistics.

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