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Innovative Production Manager

An innovative production manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the production of high-volume consumer and sophisticated aerospace products. For the past 18 years, managed production teams in the manufacture of steel and aluminum cans, producing up to 1.4 billion units annually. A natural leader with considerable skills in the selection and training of work crews, production improvement, design and fabrication of tooling, cost reduction, safety improvement, and hands-on manufacturing management.


Impress North America, Terminal Island, California                                                                             2007-2009

Production Manager

Managed two press departments with 60 mechanics and operators, 40 presses, and other related equipment, producing 120 million steel food containers per month for Bumble Bee Foods, Chicken of the Sea International, Sterno and other food packers. Impress North America is a manufacturer of steel and aluminum cans and is a wholly owned subsidiary of a French metal packaging company with global sales of €1.8 billion.

  • Improved efficiency using a continuous improvement process attaining a month-to-month 94% efficiency on a Crown Press, reducing spoilage by 67%.

  • Increased output on the two-piece can fabrication lines by 25%, reducing spoilage by 20%.

  • Maintained a “no lost time for accidents” record for three years while production increased by 25%.

  • Purchased and installed a synthetic food grade lubricating system that significantly improved quality and production efficiency by 25%. This process eliminated overtime on weekends and made the process safer.

  • Resolved employee conflicts and disputes without any production interruption.

  • Recruited and cross-trained 20 junior mechanics.

  • Managed three supervisors and coached them in press tooling design, maintenance and manufacturing techniques.

  • Held a leadership role on the company’s Safety Committee.

  • Implemented design changes that improved tooling life and productivity.

  • Trained the department in a variety of production, testing, packaging and material handling equipment.

  • Managed maintenance, trouble-shooting, setups and tool modifications, minimizing downtime.

  • Scheduled work crews in a 24/7 production environment.

  • Initiated purchase orders for tooling materials, maintenance supplies and equipment.

  • Worked with tooling manufacturers and industrial sales engineers in selecting materials needed for production.

Silgan Containers, Inc., Woodland Hills, California                                                                             1992-2007

Coating & Coil Supervisor, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (2005-2007)
Maintenance Manager, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (2001-2005)
Press Supervisor, Waupun & Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (1992-2001)

Managed the Coating and Coil Department shift with 20 production mechanics and operators, producing coated sheets used for steel food cans. Silgan Containers is the largest manufacturer of steel and aluminum food cans in North America with 50 manufacturing plants. Key customers included Campbell’s Food, Del Monte Foods and Nestlé Corporation. Chaired the Safety Committee.

  • Improved efficiency by 18% and reduced spoilage by 15% using a continuous improvement process on press, coater and coil production lines.

  • Trained 30 operators in running machine tools, maintenance and equipment repair.

  • Resolved employee conflicts and disputes without any interruption of production.

  • Created procedures and facilitated statistical process control teams for consistency of production.

  • Made tooling design changes that improved tooling life and minimized downtime.

  • Installed high-speed presses, post coaters, liners and balancers.

  • Rebuilt presses, liners and coating equipment, and improved the parts inventory system.

  • Supervised maintenance staff and production personnel.

  • Managed and maintained compressed air, power, water and electricity, reducing costs by 15%.

American Industries Company, Trempealeau, Wisconsin                                                                    1987-1992

Sales Engineer

Conducted business development and maintained customer accounts for a manufacturer of custom enclosed trailers for the transportation of horses, snow mobiles and farm equipment.

  • Made engineering changes that increased the quality of products. 

  • Increased dealer network sales by 30% and obtained large order direct customers.

  • Improved and formalized the customer return policies and reworking of products.

Teledyne, Inc., Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, San Diego, California                                                    1982-1987

Manufacturing Engineer (Top Secret Clearance)

Played a key role in the manufacture of the McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Helicopter by providing detailed planning and tooling for the center fuselage, forward fuselage, wings, engine nacelles, cockpit and avionics bays. Teledyne Ryan was a manufacturer of air frames for helicopters and unmanned drones.

  • Participated in production planning, tooling and scheduling. Increased production from one to 14 helicopters per month over five years.

  • Conducted sequence planning, tooling design, scheduling, estimating and forecasting.

  • Promoted to co-chairman of the helicopter change board for analysis of engineering changes.

  • Established final and sub-assembly planning and tooling for composite bonded assemblies.

  • Worked with the Department of Defense in the investigation of manufacturing problems related to all phases of production.

  • Designed large floor assembly jigs and casting molds that facilitated follow-on part machining.

  • Utilized CAD to develop new designs that improved hundreds of detailed parts and subassemblies.


Served as jig and fixture maker for General Dynamics Corporation’s Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and as tool and die maker for Astech Corporation, working on titanium honeycomb materials and machining parts for the space shuttle.


National University, San Diego, California

Courses in business, accounting and engineering.

Moraine Park College, West Bend, Wisconsin

Major Study in Tooling Techniques (Tool & Die manufacturing and Plastic Injection molding courses) 1977-1979

Other Courses: Leadership, Management, Engineering, Tool Making, Die Fabrication, Diversity, Sexual Harassment, and Human Resources and Diversity

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