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Manager Plant

Lenoir, NC
March 13, 2020

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Stony Point, NC 28678

828-***-**** (c)


20+ years experience in high-paced manufacturing environments with demonstrated strengths in Quality and Productivity Improvement, leadership, employee / team development, problem solving, project management, analytical and communication skills, organization and a sense of urgency. Extensive grooming in ‘Bottom-Line-Management’. MicroSoft Excel, Word, Power Point and AutoCAD. 5S & ISO 9001-2000. Incident Commander of Emergency Response Team (fire, medical & spill); Safety Team Leader, Six Sigma Green Belt, OSHA 10-Hour.


Laid off in May, 2019. Currently working odd jobs, contract jobs, etc.

International Materials Group, Taylorsville, NC 2018-2019

Conversion Manufacturing, Plant Production Manager,

Managed 25 Production Teammates performing Metal Fabrication and Conversion of Armor Tapes for the Communication Cable Industry; Scheduling, Receiving, Shipping.

Reduced overtime from ~25% to 2-3%.

Reduced excess and obsolete inventory by 75%.

Leonard Automatics, Denver, NC 2016-2018

Manufacture of Garment Handling Equipment, Plant Manager,

Managed three (3) Production Supervisors with responsibilities of 25 Production and Support Teammates performing Metal Fabrication and Assembly of Industrial Equipment in areas of contingency of Safety, Quality, Scheduling, Materials Controls, Training, Production and Shipping.

Edited, corrected, developed BOM’s and Routings.

Managed UL Product Certification.

Opened communications that began process of culture change.

Reduced Laser scrap by implementing batching and nesting process.

Initiated process to bring OSHA Regulations/Inspections up to date.

Developed, taught 8 week in-house Leadership course.

Improved Welding Quality via Development of Standards, testing/training, equipment upgrades, design and fabrication of jigs, model enhancements, ect.

Grasche USA, Hickory, NC 2015-2016

Manufacture of custom saw bodies, Plant Manager,

Managed 25 Production and Support Teammates in Laser, Milling, Grinding processes inclusive of Safety, Quality, Scheduling, Materials Controls, Training, Maintenance and Shipping.

Developed KPI’s for production monitoring.

Reduced Scrap from 6.5% to 2.4%

Reduced Customer Complaints from 3.5% to 0.25%

Increased On-Time deliveries from 40% to 82%

In 2012 Neptco was bought by the Chase Corporation and several management roles where eliminated in May, 2013. Over the next 26 months, I worked hourly jobs and performed handy-man projects while searching for a role that more suited my abilities and desires. RAFE A. GUILL page 2

Neptco Inc., Granite Falls, NC 2007-2013

Communication Composites Manufacturer. Maintenance Supervisor,

Managed 8 Maintenance Technicians in Facilities and Equipment Maintenance, Fabrication, PM’s and Calibrations. 24/7 Responsibilities. Three (3) locations.

Managed facility / equipment PM program and ISO Calibration program.

Developed and managed OEE for critical production equipment.

Managed & programmed equipment software – PLC

Managed OSHA compliance requirements.

Developed NFPA 70E compliance program.

Shurtape Technologies, Hickory, NC 2000-2007

Tape Manufacturer. Shift Manager,

Start-up facility; Process developments and enhancements; hired, developed and managed six (6) Production Work Teams in areas of Safety, Quality, Scheduling, Materials Controls, Production, Maintenance and Shipping. Incident Commander for Emergency Response Team.

Leader/Facilitator of Continuous Improvement Teams & Safety Team.

Developed Process SOP’s, Operator JSA’s, Implemented and Audited Facility’s 5-S program.

Reduced Coater Set-up Time by 50% and Waste by 10%.

Achieved “Four Year Accident Free” within Department.

William T Burnett, & Company, Statesville, NC 1997-2000

Non-Woven Textiles. Shift Supervisor,

Manage four (4) Production Supervisors with responsibilities of 40 Production and Support Teammates in areas of Safety, Quality, Scheduling, Materials Controls, Training, Production, Maintenance and Shipping.

Developed and Implemented Cross-Training program.

Reduced labor force through attrition by 15% by consolidating duties.

Attained Production Levels above Company’s Monthly Documented Historical Records three (3) times in 1st six (6) Months.

Intercraft-Burnes, Taylor, TX 1981-1997

World’s largest mass producer of picture frames; solid wood, MDF, metal and plastic. Maintenance/Engineering Manager, Taylor, TX 1994-1997

Managed 44 Technical Service Teammates in Manufacturing & Process Engineering, Tool Room Operation, Facilities and Equipment Maintenance, and Security. 24/7 Responsibilities.

Automation Technician, Statesville, NC 1990-1994

Maintained automated equipment as related to production, projects, vendor communications, training, troubleshooting, electronic hardware & software, and problem solving. Taught Control Device Courses to Maintenance Dept.

Maintenance/Set-up Technician, Statesville, NC 1981-1990

Performed equipment changeovers, troubleshooting, repairs and preventative maintenance.


A.A.S. Electronics Engineering Technology;

A.A.S. Automation/Robotics Technology;

Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, NC

Maintained 3.94 GPA while working full time.

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