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Manufacturing Manager

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49428, United States
May 24, 2010

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Robert J. Pietila

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Jenison, Michigan 49428

Home: (616) ***-**** Cell: (616) ***-****


Manufacturing Manager with a Fortune 500 manufacturer. Prominent role in the development, mentoring and training of effective individuals/teams. Budgeting, P&L, Kaizen implementation. Computer literate/spreadsheets, cost savings, plant layout, budgets, Lean Manufacturing, Safety, Quality, Industrial Engineering. I am eligible for Michigan Wage Reimbursement Program and Silver Certificate Readiness tested.


The Tech Group, Inc, Walker, Michigan, 4/2008 to 11/2008 Production Cell Manager,

Medical clean room. Injection Mold Robot Assembly Division. cGMP’s. FDA

Develop a new shift, optimize morale-production-quality. Implement, Train and Educate processes/people. Achieved Process Metrics, optimize production in 6 months from 400,000 to 1,900,000 units. (Closest division 1,300,000 units) Loss prevention.

Walgreens, Grand Rapids Michigan, 7/07 to 4/08.

Training program for Store Director position. Cash reports, balance books, Loss Prevention, train/supervise employees, merchandise, safety, inventory, purchasing, and customer complaints. Lead the store in loyalty sales.

Comfort Research Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 04/05 to 01/07. (Contract-Mnfg)

Plant Manager (Leisure Furniture) Full P&L, develop process and people. Optimize plant metrics from loss to profitability in 9 months. 30% return. Budgets. Work with Hope Network for employment of handicapped & recently incarcerated.

Ram Building Components, Zeeland, Michigan (Floor/Roof/Wall Trusses)

Director of Customer Service, Quality Control and Safety. 05/04 to 08/04

Hired by business consultant to develop departments of safety, quality and customer relations. And to train, hire and develop the people to manage the departments.

Received outstanding compliments from the owner.

Sun Chemical INC., Muskegon, Michigan (ISO Certififed) (Color Pigment)

Team Leader for the High Volume Flush Division. 01/03 to 04/04. Work within union environment. Computer controlled chemical plant. No grievances field. Blending dept.

Hazardous chemicals, Emergency Response Team, change control, lean & six sigma.

Premarc, Wet Cast Division, Grandville, Michigan (Concrete Bridges)

Production Manager, Bridge Division, Stress/Wet Cast. 04/02 to 12/02

Manage the Conspan and Box Beam division. Lead with schedule completion.

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Steelcase INC., Grand Rapids, Michigan 1978-2001 (ISO 9001/2 & 14001)

Manufacturing Supervisor, Robotic & Spot Weld Division 1999-2001

Maintenance, Repair & Operating Technical Specialist, Corporate Maintenance 1999

Manufacturing Supervisor, Assembly & Upholstery Division 1998-1999

Manufacturing Supervisor, Tube Mills/Pre-Paint Wash Tanks 1993-1998

Training at Black & Decker for Kaizen Leader & Lean Manufacturing implementation.

Manufacturing Supervisor, Press Room/Specials Engineering 1987-1993

Manufacturing Supervisor, Shift Press Room/Automatic Press 1984-1987

Industrial Standards Engineer 1979-1984 Plant work flow management. Cost saving measure’s, Lean Manufacturing, estimating, BOM’s.

File Plant, Hourly Employee, and spot welder 1978. Required to start working on the floor for a broad experience.

Full P&L, develop/train teams/individuals, initiate new processes and implement, MRP scheduling, promotions, reviews, hire/terminate, loss prevention and coaching. Maintained or effectively increased production, cost savings, budgets, safety, quality, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen events, schedule completion and inventory. Work with Hope Network in placement of the displaced, homeless and recently incarcerated.


Standards Engineering (Steelcase)

Violence in the workshop/Substance Abuse (Steelcase and Wyoming Police)

Affirmative Action-The Next Phase (Steelcase EEOC)

Workers Compensation (Steelcase)

Stephen Covey Workshop (DeVos Hall)

Kaizen at Black & Decker in Greensboro North Carolina

Managing Change Workshop, Follow-up, Productive Relationships

SAP Basics, Using SAP Screen Elements, Navigation (Steelcase)

ISO Procedure Awareness (Steelcase)

GMP’s & CrGMP’s (Tech Group)


B.A., Business Administration, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan

Associate Degree, Insurance, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan


Boy Scouts of America, committee member, Jenison, MI 1994-1998/leader summer 1995

Sylvan-Emerald Lake Association, President, Newaygo, MI 1990-1996

Private Pilots License, High Performance Engines, 1987

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