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Plant Manager S

Casa Grande, AZ
April 19, 2020

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David D. Andersen

Casa Grande, Arizona ***** 714-***-****

Operations Professional

Proven success leading operations and innovation for robust manufacturing organizations

Accomplished executive with progressive track record of guiding medium to large, under-performing, food manufacturing facilities to realize higher profits, greater productivity, and reduced costs. Strong bias for innovation in streamlining logistics, cutting waste, and building talented results driven teams. Expert communicator, negotiator, and strategic planner; able to build solid relationships across all departmental levels.

Highlights of Expertise

Strategic Business Planning

Risk Management

Food Regulatory Compliance

Logistics / Efficiency

Workforce Development / Negotiations

Budget Administration / Management

Quality Assurance

Customer / Vendor Relationships

Project Management

Team Building and Leadership

Career Experience

Andersen Food Consulting – Casa Grande, Arizona

Principal Consultant 2017 to Current

Provide executive level leadership in food manufacturing facilities with focus on operations and supply chain management.

Currently on long term project (2017 to Current) for Orion Food Systems located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Project scope involves performing in the position of VP of Manufacturing for a midsized frozen food manufacturing company. Total responsibility for all Production, Purchasing, Warehouse, Shipping & Receiving, Transportation & Logistics. Sanitation, Engineering & Maintenance and Quality activity.

Managed / Completed 3.5 MM Expansion Project in the company’s Milford, Iowa facility.

And Go Concepts, LLC, Gilbert, Arizona

Provide executive-level leadership for start-up restaurant group. Full accountability for inception and roll-out of all business operations including labor model and cost analysis, formalizing production processes, and initiating quality control and HACCP plans.


Tasked with management and implementation of broad spectrum of operational duties including project management, strategic growth plan, complete conceptualization and implementation of all production processes, logistics, labor forecasts, and regulation compliance.

Selected and introduced ERP Program, drafted and finalized purchasing practices, and negotiated master distribution agreement with largest vendor saving 34% - 41% on ingredient costs.

Researched and selected site location, negotiated favorable lease terms, sourced construction contractors, collaborated with architects to conceptualize floor plan design and created floor plan schematic of equipment layout.

Conceived and implemented on site production processes including inbound product logistics, components and finished product specifications, and system controls in food preparation areas.

Developed new HACCP plan to include reduced oxygen packaging (ROP) production and obtained Department of Health approval.

Gourmet Boutique, LLC, Phoenix, Arizona

Managed operations of USDA inspected manufacturing plant producing protein based ready-to-eat entrées for retail supermarket chains country wide.

GENERAL MANAGER (2011 to 2016)

Authored and launched 3-year strategic plan for company growth based on sales forecasting analytics, P&L analysis, and company objectives. Led 8 department managers and 190 hourly employees. Reorganized workflow allowing elimination of salaried staff realized savings of $240K annually.

Spearheaded collaboration with external entities to form a strategic alliance for streamlined logistics resulting in $345K annual reduction in freight costs.

Reduced spare parts inventory expenses and equipment down time by implementing Predictive Planning and Kan Ban Inventory Systems in maintenance department.

Introduced Lean Manufacturing (Kaizen Events, 5S, Kobata Watch) mandatory training for all employees and managers leading to efficient, structured, performance-driven teams.

Improved energy efficiency of plant via installation of new lights and installed start-up/shut-down system in refrigeration areas where no product was stored resulting in $130K annual energy savings.

Lund Food Holdings, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Directed operations of 120,000 sf food manufacturing plant and 50,000 sf USDA inspected manufacturing facility generating $23 million in annual revenue.


Led 14-person management team and 280 union and non-union employee workforce.

Orchestrated successful turn-around of under producing plants, reduced $4M annual loss to $800,000 by reduction of salaried personnel, successful renegotiation of labor contracts, and introduction of Lean Manufacturing, inventory & purchasing strategies.

Rearranged equipment and implemented systems and controls to improve quality, reduce defects and waste resulting in improved USDA audit results and overall operational work flow efficiencies.

Renegotiated outside sales contract leading to a 12% increase in product sales and annual revenue increase of $600K.

Additional Experience

Managing Director (2003 to 2007) Stone Consulting Group, La Palma, California

Plant Manager (2002 to 2003) VICORP Restaurants, Inc., Chaska, Minnesota

Plant Manager (1995 to 2002) VICORP Restaurants, Inc., Santa Fe Springs, California

General Manager (1988 to 1995) Prepared Products, Inc., Los Angeles, California



HACCP Certified

AIB Certified: Science of Baking Technology, Food Plant Sanitation, Warehouse/Freezer Sanitation, C

Technical Proficiencies

BRC Program and GPSI Initiative

Safe Quality Food (SQF)

USDA, FDA, DA, AIB Standards & Guidelines

Siliker Laboratory Audit Standards

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