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Manager Plant

chester, SD, 57016
75 to 80K
August 17, 2012

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Christopher T. Heist



• Ability to supervise personnel on multiple shifts direct and indirect reports

• Motoman ERC, MRC, XRC, Fanuc, ABB and Cloos robotic programming

• Certified all position welding mild steel and stainless steel with flux core

• Microsoft word, excel and SAP

• Cycle time studies and cycle time reductions


Plant Manager Twin City Fan Elkton plant

• Manage day to day operations in light commercial fan production. With 6 direct reports and 6 indirect, total head count of 84. This includes fabrication, assembly, welding, painting, shipping and building maintenance. Directly responsible for all safety, ISO, plant budgets, petty cash, CapX requests and some involvement with the monthly P&L for plant operations and budget goals for $16mil in revenue in a lost leader division of the company

Welding Manager, Gehl co

• Manage all of first shift welding operations with 4 direct reports and up to 67 indirect. Coordinate with off shifts in all cross-functional areas. Directly responsible for all consumables and budgets for the department as well as scheduling and disciplinary actions. Key focus on 5’s, cost reduction, continuous improvements and implementing culture change from new management team.

Area Supervisor, Arctic Cat

• Start up robotic welding shop; supervise 40-45 employees on a two-shift operation, on all aspects from QC to capitol expenditures. Started shop with four robots and ten people. Presently 42 employees, eleven robot cells, 2 drilling stations and three mill cope work centers. In charge of tooling and fixture design with out side tooling companies

Robotic Supervisor, WOTCO

• Program welding robots, including writing, correcting and evaluating welding programs, implement and maintain robotic training programs.

Laser Weld Team Leader, JBI Shiloh Industries

• Responsible for all aspects of scheduling and operating a C02 laser welder, Fanuc Robot programming, PM maintenance and troubleshooting, coordination of three-shifts

Robot Programmer/ Welder, Kubota Manufacturing of America

• Responsible for programming and modifying jobs, changeovers and lead person fill in


3-08 – present Twin City Fan

4-07 –3-08 Gehl Co. 2008 had large scale lay off and Management reductions

3-00–4-07 Arctic Cat (plant announced closing in June 07)

6/99- 3-00 WOTCO (contract job with option to stay)

1/98- 6/99 Shiloh Industries Inc., JBI

9/94- 1/98 Kubota Manufacturing of America


1987 Oakland Vocational School 2 Semesters Welding/ Fab., Machine Shop

1988 Gwinnett Tech 2 Semesters Welding/ Fab., Blueprint Reading

1990 Mercer University 1 Semester Business Law and Sociology

1994 -08 Motoman / Linweld ERC, XRC basic programming, 2002 advanced, Duel head, comarc

2004 Certificate program Supervisor level 1 Fundamentals of leadership training 30hrs

2008 ABB/Wolf robotics Basic programming / rapid with Arcware sc4

2008 Concordia University Earned enough credits for a AS degree online

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