Linwood, Minnesota 55079
Highly dedicated and flexible Operations Manager with over 20 years successful experience working in challenging production environments. Recognized as a working manager, combining managerial duties with hands-on work throughout career. Expertise in improving productivity, reducing labor costs, and developing new programs. Skills in training and multi-tasking.
FIVESTAR AMERICAN DIECASTING- New Hope, Minnesota
Plant Manager Sep.2010- present
• Oversee all aspects of plant.
• Facilitated plant move, including set up and startup once in place.
• Supervise all plant employees and supervisors.
• Controll all department and plant budgets as well as labor costs.
• Establish all die cast processes,( Process Engineereing)
KURT MFG – Fridley, Minnesota 2008 – Sep 2010
Die Cast Operations Manager
• Oversee all aspects of diecast operations. Supervision of all employees,
Including shift supervisors. Responsible for all scheduling, training,
Evaluations, hiring and terminating, controlling workflow, and safety.
• Improved total plant throughput and upgraded workforce as well as reduced monthly expenses. Purchased all metal and controlled scrap. Streamlined setup and remelt while reducing indirect labor.
• Process engineering and implementation
VERSA DIECAST, INC. – New Hope, Minnesota 2006 – 2008
Diecast Operations Manager
• Oversee diecast operations including personnel supervision of 35 Diecasters. Supervisory duties include employee scheduling, training, evaluating work performance, delegating work flow, and terminations.
• Manage all facets of the plant including purchasing, shipping procedures, workflow scheduling, and monitoring plant processes to ensure rates are being met.
Improved scrap levels from 30% to less than 1% through mold changes, and
Assisted in increasing diecast sales through customer relationship building.
Instrumental in improving labor force by recruiting and hiring experienced
personnel in production and maintenance.
FIVESTAR DIECASTING – Moundsview, Minnesota 2001 – 2006
(Spin-off of Hartzell Manufacturing in July, 2001).
Plant Manager (2001 – present)
• Set up new machines, equipment, and process sheets in this new plant. Also set up floor plan and layout.
• Responsible for purchasing equipment, parts, and office supplies.
• Supervise foremen, factory workers, engineers, and human resource personnel.
• Perform monthly inventory controls.
• Combine managerial duties with hands-on work, running machines as needed, and filling in with absences or rush jobs.
• Traveled to Ohio and Indiana to review new diecasting machines, receive quotes, and provide report to the owner in November of 2002.
HARTZELL MANUFACTURING – St. Paul, Minnesota 1989 – 2001
2nd Shift Foreman (1994 – 2001)
• Supervised factory production workers in a union environment including diecasting, inspection, shipping, maintenance, and tool room.
• Recognized with total plant authority as the Acting Plant Manager.
• For 6 months in 1997, responsible for 2nd and 3rd shifts covering diecast, finishing, inspection, shipping, and maintenance.
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• Involved in union negotiations and arbitration in a court setting.
• Participated in P&L meetings, and assisted with setting diecasting budget. Kept labor costs to a minimum.
• Remained on-call during weekend hours.
• Attended annual Planning Conferences reviewing the past year’s performance, and setting budgets/goals for each department annually.
Reduced scrap levels from 27% to less than 1% as a member of the “Marshall
Gas Kaisan Team”. Accomplished this by improving sorting efficiency, and
implementing tighter lock control standards.
Increased efficiency 31% in the first month of initiating a “Relief Program” in
1995. This program was designed to keep production levels to an optimum and
reduce scrap. Hired 3 diecasters.
Given responsibility to co-train 23 diecasters in 1 year for all shifts.
Diecaster (1990 – 1994)
• Responsible for ensuring high parts quality (ran aluminum, magnesium, and zinc).
• Only diecaster given the responsibility of X-raying parts on 2nd shift.
• Chief Union Steward. Handled grievances, conflicts, and contract negotiations.
Trimmer (1989 – 1990)
• Responsible for trimming parts, and utilizing various instruments for parts quality.
• Communicated regularly with diecasters and inspectors.
Completed 5-ISO audits annually to maintain ISO9002 certification.
Completed Just-In-Time and Kaisan training.
Completed various modules for diecasting training through D.C. Wilson.
Supervision I, II, and III - Minnesota Employer’s Association.
Supervision I, II – Manufacturer’s Alliance.
ABB Robot School, Detroit, Michigan – 2 weeks.
Received annual training in Magnesium, Chemical Spill/Hazardous Waste, and
Graduated from Como Sr. High School, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1984.
U.S. ARMY (1986 – 1989)
Specialty: Infantry. Honorable Discharge.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD (1990 – 1995)
• Promoted from E1 to E5 throughout military career.
• Assistant – Troop Command, one weekend monthly. Duties included visiting various state armories, and performing complete inspections of every aspect of the armory. Ensured accuracy of records, personnel, etc.
• Trained a military police battalion to run a POW camp. Performed attack simulations.