James W. Morton
Ladson, SC *9456
Highlights of Qualifications
Versatile and professional manager with accomplishments in strategic planning, territory management, engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing with near 40 years in the automotive and transportation industry. My knowledge, skills and experience allow me to be a “hands on” type of leader. I feel comfortable in any working environment. Active passport with years of experience in international dealings and negotiations.
Proficient in Problem Solving, 5S, Process Documentation, Continual Improvement Process (CIP), Corrective Action Process, Lean-Manufacturing, Project Management, Run at Rate (R@R), Material Flow (layout), Capacity Studies, Streamlining, Kaizen, OEE, CNC, SMED, Safety, Quality Improvements and management, Kitting, Line Balancing, PPAP Process (submission & acceptance), Gage & Fixture Design, Kan-Ban, communicating and leading/teaching direct, indirect and operational personnel as well as negotiating with suppliers and customers. Managed and performed Purchasing and Procurement (including asset and property), Supplier Development, Supply Chain Management, proficient in Microsoft Office and P&L, budget creation/maintenance/management.
Been involved in several new “start up” situations with tremendous success in sales and profits. Responsibilities included were proper staffing, training and operational management.
Seeking a management position where my training, experience and skills can make contributions to sales and profits.
Trident Technical College, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Wesleyan University, Studies in Business Management
Monteferro USA, Incorporated, Orangeburg, SC
A Manufacturer of Elevator components for the OEM Companies (January 2015 – January 2020)
General Manager of U.S. Operations. I had total responsibility for the US operations of a multiple site, international company. This plant was started in 2008 as a warehouse and distribution site only. I was approach by a former colleague to fill the new role the company was looking for. This was based on my talents, skills and experience. I transferred this facility from the W&D status to a full-blown manufacturing plant. This included recruiting and hiring a staff for the management of Quality, Sales, Procurement and beefing up the Logistics. In addition, a full CNC machining line was installed along with various manual machines. Also, we added Laser cutting, Press Brake and a full fabrication line including having all the welding personnel certified. In addition, a full automated Assembly line was designed and created using in-house talent. I was personally heavily involved with every aspect of this work on the floor based on my knowledge and skills.
I was responsible for the creation and management of the P&L as well as the annual budget, as these documents as well as others were not in place when I began. In that we are a part of an international company, I was requested on multiple occasions to visit other sites to aid in problem solving their operations as well as training their personnel in the use of CNC equipment. This includes Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic and Italy.
The 2AM Group LLC, Spartanburg, SC
Third Party Quality and Engineering Service Provider to the Automotive Industry (Jan 2012 – Jan 2015)
Business Unit Manager. I took over the operation of the Charleston and Spartanburg Business Unit. This included a satellite operation in the Florence, SC area as well. I was responsible for the complete P&L, along with the results of the “Key Operating Indicators”. Recently, I was the project lead for the opening of a manufacturing facility we started in Blythewood, SC and was responsible for the complete “start-up” and continual operation.
IFA-Rotorion LLC, Ladson, SC
Automotive Parts Manufacturer for OEM Companies (May 2009 – January 2012)
Purchasing Team Leader/Supplier Development Engineer. I was involved in a “start up” of a purchasing group where it was very limited at this facility prior. I acted a as a technical support person for this group as well as managed three direct buyers and one indirect. We successfully launched this team to a full function that supported production, engineering & test and sales needs. My other responsibilities consisted of locating and certifying a NAFTA based supplier group. This was achieved successfully through site visits, supplier development and coaching.
Preferred Sourcing LLC, Indianapolis, IN
Third Party Quality Service Provider to the Automotive Industry (June 2004 – May 2009)
Business Unit Manager.
Robert Bosch Corporation, Charleston, SC
Automotive Parts Manufacturer for OEM Companies (January 1997 – June 2004)
Manufacturing Engineer. My role here was very versatile. My primary responsibility was to specify, purchase and commission new equipment (machine capabilities) for a new line being put into machine parts for fuel injection systems. This involved much international travel. After successfully starting this line, I was responsible for any engineering changes and maintain the production levels from a technical position. I also, was responsible for all gauging whether standard procurement or designing and building.
I purchased and implemented “floor type” Coordinate Measuring Machines for making quick inspections after change overs to verify correct measurements. This reduced changeover time from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes.
I was also responsible for writing all process documentation such as, FMEA’s, control plans, etc. as well as being very involved in all submissions of PPAP’s. I supervised personnel working in the quality labs.
Cummins Engine Company, Charleston, SC and Columbus IN
OEM Diesel Engine Manufacturer (September 1989 – July 1996)
Sr. Manufacturing Engineer/Operations Manager. I started my career with Cummins as a Manufacturing Engineer. I was solely responsible for procuring and commissioning all equipment and machinery necessary for a plant start up to manufacture turbo chargers in Charleston, SC. Also, I was very involved in staffing the plant with personnel and conducted all training for the operation of the equipment and CNC manufacturing machines. After a successful start up, I was promoted to Operations Manager. My role was to plan and coordinate all production needs to meet all customer demands. We shipped internationally as well as in the US. Also, I was responsible for the engineering group and supervised the entire staff at this plant.
I was the coordinator for this facility to apply for ISO compliance and acceptance. We were successful on the first attempt.
I was transferred to our plant in the Madison – Columbus, IN area. I was responsible for a group of engineers on a “Kaizen” team. This meant to go into different facilities and reduce “bottle-necked” areas using continuous improvement methods.
I supervised operations, administrative and technical personnel.
Oakwood Metals Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC
Die Stamp Plant for the Automotive Industry, (January 1983 – September 1989)
Plant/Quality/Engineering Manager. I was responsible for the entire operation of this facility. This included all of the AR and AP, as well as the budgeting, quality, personnel, production and engineering. Our primary customer was Ford Motor Company. I personally led the project in attempting to be awarded the Ford Q-1 award. We were successful on the first attempt. I supervised personnel in all areas mentioned above.
Bellwright Industries, Summerville, SC
Automotive Parts Manufacturer for OEM Companies (June 1978 – January 1983
Production Supervisor. I was responsible for meeting the customer needs by planning all machining lines. Also, I set up and changed over the machines on a consistent basis, which also included all CNC programming for the machines. I supervised all the operators on the correct manufacturing methods and quality. I also, was responsible for all fixture design and fabrication.
I implemented an “associate award system” to motivate our associates as well as raise the production, safety and quality levels.