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Production Manager

Portland, ME
February 22, 2020

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Richard D. Houdlette

** ******** ******, *** ** ● Portland, ME 04101 ● 207-***-****

February 22, 2020

Highly experienced, proven logistics management professional and leader.

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Operations Management

Coordinated operations for a large scale distribution enterprise serving independent food retail customers throughout northern New England. (See

Held overall responsibility for fulfilling and delivering a high volume of food products to grocers, restaurants, convenience stores, and other retail entities to support their daily retail operations.

Wrote all operations policies and procedures, produced training manuals, and directed a two week training program for union employees.

Led 150 employees, including teamsters and salaried supervisors, managers, and administrative staff.

Interviewed, hired, trained, counseled, disciplined, and evaluated performance of employees. Participated in hiring processes for executives.

Handled grievances, and negotiated all labor union contracts on behalf of the corporation. Chaired a standing labor management committee.

Developed, defended, and managed operating budgets of up to $12 million. Wrote successful grants for energy efficiency improvements.

Managed a 330,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse facility containing dry and perishable food products.

Directed safety programs. Ensured OSHA compliance, chaired the company safety committee, and conducted mishap investigations. During tenure reduced workmen’s compensation claims by 50%.

Directed all internal facility maintenance, as well as tractor-trailer maintenance at an integral garage.

Controlled the movements of 35 tractor-trailers delivering up to 60,000 units and more than 400 tons of

products to 300 independent retailers daily.

Became an acknowledged and respected leader in the independent wholesale food distribution field.

Wrote numerous articles for Edge, a trade magazine, and moderated seminars on efficiency initiatives at gatherings of independent wholesalers.

Represented the company at meetings of international/domestic food distribution organizations.

Project Management

Directed multimillion dollar facility and information technology projects. Examples:

$6.5 million, 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse perishable food expansion, and refrigeration refit.

Responsible for return on investment, RFPs, bid evaluation/approval, and construction oversight.

$1.5 million warehouse management system installation, enabling electronic order processing, hands-free radio frequency forklift assignments and integration with the company’s inventory management system.

Wrote system policies and procedures, and conducted end-user training classes on the system.

Project resulted in significant reductions in labor and operating costs, and efficiency improvements.

Instrumental in incorporating voice recognition software and hardware.

Installation of XATA fleet management software, an onboard GPS computer tracking system for drivers, with the capability to capture customer credit and order information.


Manufacturing Specialist; Texas Instruments, South Portland, Me. 07/2018 – 08/2018

Responsible for transporting pods containing wafers of computer chips to various stations of development.

Jeff Gottlieb-Hiring Manager/Volt Staffing & Phone # 207-***-****

Reason for leaving? Schedule & Commute

Independent Logistics Consultant; Core Mark International, Gardiner, ME. 02/2017 – 03/2017

Retained by client to analyze, create and implement cost cutting continuous improvement initiatives within the Distribution Operation. Originally directed to focus on Transportation and Warehousing processes.

Bob Crosslin-VP of Operations & Phone #207-***-****

Reason for leaving? Unexpected family illness.

Independent Logistics Consultant; Artform’s & Cool as a Moose, Brunswick, ME. 8/2016 – 10/2016

Analyze, create and implement a slotting scheme/pick pattern within the warehouse storage facility to: give each item a unique pick location, reduce warehouse labor travel per customer order and maximize warehouse space utilization.

Kip Stone-Owner/CEO & Phone #207-***-****

Reason for leaving? Project Complete.

Outbound Shipping Supervisor, Estes Express Lines Inc., Lewiston, ME. 03/2016 – 08/2016

Managed the receipt of daily inbound freight and reloaded onto Company trucks to be dispatched to terminal hubs throughout the United States. National 3PL Transportation LTL Trucking Co.

Michelle Buckley-Terminal Manager & Phone #207-***-****

Reason for leaving? Schedule & Responsibilities were not what was presented at the time of offer.

Residential Carpenter, R&D Carpentry LLC, Richmond, ME. 08/2014 – 03/2016

Accessed, proposed and performed various carpentry construction services for local residential home owners. Responsibilities ranged from new construction, renovations and ongoing dwelling upkeep.

Richard Houdlette-Self-Employed & Phone #207-***-****

Reason for leaving? New Opportunity

Contract Project Manager, H&H Brown, Dexter, ME. 03/2014 – 08/2014

Analyzed, created and implemented a full scale product move from one warehouse to another to include implementing a new slotting scheme/pick pattern layout & Warehouse Management System with RF technology.

Heather Mott-Branch Manager Bonney Staffing & Phone #207-***-****

Reason for leaving? Project Complete

Property Manager, Gleason Properties LLC, Dresden, ME. 10/2006 – 03/2014

Managed and maintained 5 rental properties for the owner and tenants. Responsibilities included various ongoing maintenance services along with managing/enforcing established property management business processes.

Robert Gleason-Owner

Reason for leaving? New opportunity

Director of Operations, Associated Grocers of Maine, Inc., Gardiner, ME. 9/1984 – 10/2006

Managed a 330K sq. ft. full service Grocery Distribution Center. 150 warehouse, transportation and administrative personnel. Full P&L, 12M Operating Budget creation/adherence, servicing 300 independent retailers across 4 States with over 200M in annual sales.

Patrick Flannery-President / CEO

Reason for leaving? Corporate Downsize & Company is no longer in business.

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