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Buyer Die Cast

Stacy, MN, 55079
August 10, 2012

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Linwood, Minnesota 55079

651-***-**** (Home); 651-***-**** (Cell)



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.




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

process improvements.

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

First Aid.

Graduated from Como Sr. High School, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1984.



U.S. ARMY (1986 – 1989)

Specialty: Infantry. Honorable Discharge.


• 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.

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