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Plant Manager Safety

Asheboro, NC
March 12, 2020

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Brian Conroy

**** ******* **. • Randleman, NC ***17 • • 812-***-****


Energetic, analytical, and creative MBA graduate with strong work ethic and proven leadership skills is seeking a position in plant management, project management, or sales. Superior leadership, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Builds positive relationships that facilitate mutual success. Twenty-six (26) years of leadership experience in manufacturing and eight (8) years as Plant Manager.


PolyAir- Atlanta, GA October 2019- Current

Process Engineer

• Overall responsibility of Safety, Environmental, Quality, Maintenance and Continuous Improvement

• Implemented SWPPP program

• Implemented PM programs for Forklifts, Compressors, key pieces of equipment

• Developed and implemented Training program for key piece of equipment and saw a 400% increase in throughput.

• Began program to bring aged equipment back up to standard or started CAPEX to replace.

• Implemented Gemba walks to track safe work habits and managed results in Dekra TM database.

• Upgraded resin delivery system for two cast lines dedicated to bubble wrap.

• Trained management team on Training Within Industry training methods.

WestRock Corporation- Greensboro, NC February 2018- March 2019

Plant Manager

• Oversee a converting operation consisting of 6 in-line, narrow web Flexographic presses, 6 slitter/ rewinders and 86 personnel in an operation dedicated to the Pharmaceutical Label industry, with sales in excess of $17 million dollars in a turn-around operation.

• Implemented Standard Work for Managers and Supervisors, Press Operators and Press Assistants.

• Implemented training programs; created a Train the Trainer program to cross train staff, trained Management on Hazard Recognition and Control and Initiated certification of one Six Sigma Green Belt.

• Implemented process improvements to increase efficiency and quality. Improvements include Daily Gemba Walks/ Audits, a Quality Control Plan and a Safety Committee, a Takt time Scheduling program, and a PM program.

• Absorbed all Safety and Environmental functions

• Increased OEE by 28% through Continuous Improvement and SMED projects

WestRock Corporation- Silsbee, TX 2015- 2018

Plant Manager

• Decreased operating costs from over $400/ ton to under $250/ ton

• Improved Safety through training and auditing programs; currently at 2 years without a recordable injury. Received two awards in 2015 for Safety improvement and 0 recordable injuries

• Created Lean environment with Kaizen events, 5S, visual workplace and DFSS

• Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt saved over $2.5 million with projects

• Implemented Train-the-Trainer program for position trainers

• Implemented Standard Work for all positions in the facility

• Improved productivity from 285 tons/day to over 320 tons/day

• Managed 7 staff members and 89 hourly employees in a 24/7 operation with sales in excess of $110 million dollars

InterWrap Corporation- Charleston, SC 2013- 2015

Plant Manager

• Brought in for turnaround operation

• Mitigated 4 OSHA citations, 2 EPA citations in first month

• Decreased LTIR rate from 23.4 to 5.4 in first year

• Decreased waste from 30% to 11% in first year

• Improved OEE by 10% across all departments

• Improved Inventory accountability to 99.97%

• Implemented Lean and 5S plant-wide

• Extrusion-Lamination, Flexographic printing, Slitting/Rewinding operation

Exopack, LLC- Spartanburg, SC-Thomasville, NC 2011-2013

Plant Manager

• Started up new Woven Polypropylene Pet Food Operation

• Wrote HACCP plan, certified plant in Food Defense

• Implemented Lean, 5S, plant AIB certification

• Implemented Exopack Performance System

• Flexographic Printing, multi-layered Blown film and bagging experience

Smurfitt-Stone Container/Altivity Packaging/

Graphic Packaging- Louisville, KY 2006-2011

Department Manager/ Plant Manager

• Started up new Woven Polypropylene Pet Food Operation

• Established CTQ elements and test methods for WPP

• Promoted to Quality Manager in 2006

• Promoted to Extrusion, Quality and Press Manager in 2007

• Promoted to Operations Manager in 2008

• Promoted to Plant Manager in 2009.

• Oversaw Teamsters Decertification in 2010

• Improved safety performance and received two National Safety Council awards

• Saved over $2.4 million dollars in Continuous Process Improvement projects 2009/2010

• Double digit OEE improvement on all equipment 2010-2011

• Embossing, Slitting/Rewinding. Square bottom paper bag, rotogravure, Flexographic printing, Offset Lithographic printing, photopolymer plate making, offset plate making, extrusion-lamination, P&L, Labor relations experience

• Implemented Lean and 5S

Sonoco/ Hilex Poly- North Vernon, IN 2003-2006

Department Manager

• Member of Corporate Inventory Management Improvement Team

• Member of Hilex Safety Auditing Committee

• Developed and implemented Quality Hold System

• Developed and implemented Downtime Tracking System

• Developed and implemented Waste tracking system

• Awarded three “Hilex Vision” awards

• Implemented Continuous Improvement teams saving $1.2 million dollars annually

• Wrote and implemented Capital Improvement project -saving $2.5 million dollars

• Saved additional $150,000 dollars by changing mode of transportation of raw materials

• Blown film, flexographic printing, compounding, logistics, inventory management, bag machines experience in a facility catering to HDPE Tee-Shirt bag market

Printpack, Inc- Greensburg, IN/ Hazelwood, MO 2001-2003

Department Manager/ Plant Manager

• Ran department of side weld bag machines for bread, feminine hygiene, diaper markets

• Ran press department consisting of 8 flexographic printing presses

• Promoted to Plant Manager in 2002

• Participated in contract negotiations with four Labor Unions

• Saved $1.2 million with cost savings projects

• Oversaw flexographic printing, rotogravure printing, extrusion lamination, tandem coextrusion, coating, slitter/rewinding, P&L in facility catering to candy, pasta and laminated foil-pouch markets

• Implemented Lean Manufacturing and 5S

Carpenter Company- Lathrop, CA 1997- 2001

Department Manager/ Plant Manager

• Started as a Department Manager in a $50 million dollar Polyurethane Manufacturing plant catering to bedding, flooring and furniture markets.

• Full blown Kaizen facility and organization

• Developed and implemented inventory management system. Saved $500,000 dollars through continuous improvement projects

• Promoted to multi-department management in 1998.

• Promoted to Plant Manager in 1999

• P&L experience

American National Can- Newark, CA 1996-1997

Shift Supervisor

• Supervise a shift in a flexible packaging facility catering to meat, cheese, condiment, jelly tray, and ketchup bottle markets.

• Oversaw single head extrusion, tandem extrusion, tandem coextrusion, thermoforming, blow mold bottle making, flexographic printing, in-line printing, coating

Dopaco- Stockton, CA 1994-1996

Shift Supervisor

• Folding carton plant catering to fast food restaurant market

• Experience with in-line gluers, cup machines, rotogravure printing, die cutting, thermoforming, former gluers

• Implemented 5S, inventory management system

Virginia Printing and Converting- Ashland, VA 1993-1994

Plant Manager

• Flexible packaging facility catering to poultry and tray wrap food markets

• Flexographic printing, P&L experience

Printpack, Inc- Fredericksburg, VA 1989- 1993

Shift Supervisor/Department Manager/Superintendent

• Flexible packaging operation catering to bottle label, candy -wrapper and salted snack food markets

• Entry into the flexible packaging industry.

• Member of Corporate Level Pre Press Process Improvement team.

• Helped transition corporation to new pre-press technologies; photopolymer plates, laser-engraved plates.

• Decreased downtime due to plate relate delays by over 80%

• Established inventory accountability system for arts and engraving

• Earned “Printpack Leadership” award

US Army- Ft Benning, GA/ Ft Carson, CO 1985-1989

• Mechanized Infantry Company Executive Officer

• Awarded two Army Achievement Medals and one Army Commendation Medal

• Earned Airborne and Air Assault badges

• Earned Ranger Tab


University of Phoenix 1999-2002

Lathrop, CA campus

MBA, 3.85 GPA

University of Richmond 1981-1985

BA, English

• Three years of Varsity Water Polo (3 Top 20 rankings)and Varsity Swim Teams.

• Sports Information Office liaison

• ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate


• Member of the John Paulding Volunteer Fire Department

• Nationally Accredited Level 2 US Swimming Official

• Member Indiana Swimming Board of Directors

• President Donner Swim Club

• Member Payters’ National Adult Baseball Association

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