Director Operations Engineering Manufacturing in Fort Wayne IN Resume Stuart Smith by StuartSmith18


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Summary of Experience

Offering 23 years of progressive experience working in various positions in manufacturing operations with the
ability to promote success through the effective leadership of people. Strengths include managerial and leadership
roles with skills in employee relations, training and team building. Knowledgeable in all aspects of operations and
facilitates general business disciplines to effectively accomplish innovative processing methods, increase efficiency
and produce high levels of internal and external customer satisfaction. Demonstrated success in developing and
implementing new programs to improve safety and workforce integrity. Developed and secured revenue-building
programs for multiple companies.


• Proven, dedicated game changer with a history of leading manufacturing operations including automation, new
  product development, capital project planning review and implementation, and OSHA and EPA compliance.
• Versed in exceeding corporate strategic goals and team based action plans which include the implementation of
  lean manufacturing metrics involving 5S, process improvements Kaizen and SMED events, capital projects, safety
  inspections with corrective action plans, and open communications of activities to all employees.
• Skilled at bringing a diverse group of people together to pursue a common goal whether within a firm or among
  partner institutions.
• A high-energy, enthusiastic and dependable individual who excels in challenging and competitive environments.
• Effective planning and organizational skills. Expertise in operations management, record keeping, computer skills,
  planning, policies, procedures, researching, scheduling and related responsibilities to ensure productive
• Ability to communicate effectively and establish excellent rapport with clients and colleagues from diverse socio-
  economic backgrounds.


Plant Manager - Colwell Industries, Inc. Kendallville, IN                                              2008 - 2012
     Focused operational and engineering experience on "strengthening management controls" through
        improved reporting systems based on proven engineering methodologies.
     Dedicated decision maker with the ability to control costs and impact the manufacturing process to achieve
        shorter lead times and continuous improvement in the consumer packaging industry and other consumer
     Responsible for a safety culture that ensured a safe work environment for all.
     Led the facility in the development of documents and submittal for the planning, budgeting and
        scheduling of projects that positively impacted the energy costs and oversaw their implementation.

Director of Engineering and EH&S - Colwell Industries, Inc. Kendallville, IN                   2001 - 2008
     Served as company's EPA and OSHA compliance officer and prepared and submitted all permit and
        reports to maintain 100% compliance.
       Obtained acceptance in "The Governor's 100% Club" for no violations to our Title V air permit during my
       Led the revival of the corporations' safety committee and implemented new ideas in achieving a reduction
        of accidents and workers compensation claims. Achieved two years with no "lost time" accidents.
       Managed all engineering, maintenance and plant operations with regards to energy, grounds, facility
        improvements and plant new construction and renovations.
       Developed annual capital projects list and reviewed plans and specifications for compliance with
        appropriate codes and corporate requirements.

Corporate Engineering Manager - Colwell Industries, Inc. Fort Wayne, IN                             1996 - 2001
    Lead the consolidation effort of 4 facilities into 1 in 5 months and $400K under budget.
    Project leader on 20K sq. ft. C1/D1 expansion and associated production equipment. Project completed
        ahead of schedule and on budget (Total Project cost was $7MM).
    Supervised and led the engineering and maintenance functions of 4 facilities totaling over 600K sq. ft.
    Monitor all phases of planning and construction, including pre-bid, bid review and contract award for all
        renovation and new construction projects for the corporation.
    Oversaw all budgets, labor, material costs and ensured contract between company and contractor were in
    Hired, led, trained and provided technical support to supervisors, operation and maintenance employees
        involved in manufacturing.

Plant Engineer - Therma Tru. Butler, IN                                                             1992 - 1996
     Project Engineer for the construction of a 75K sq. ft. warehouse expansion that was completed on time and
        under budget.
     Project leader/designer on a new flush glazed patio door system which saved over $100k annually in labor
        due to this automated assembly line.
     Project manager for a $1MM multi-stage renovation of the door manufacturing equipment.
     Oversaw the maintenance department and preventative maintenance program (CMMS) which also
        included the development of annual maintenance budget and capital projects.
     Accountable for all aspects of environmental compliance associated with the reporting and tracking of all
        hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals to the federal, state and local agencies.

Manufacturing/Plant Engineer - Elkhart Products. Geneva, IN                                           1989 - 1992
    Directed outside contractors involving various types of capital projects.
    Project Engineer for a new 6K sq .ft. corporate office and a new state of the art digital communication
    Completed cleanup of over 300 unknown chemicals without any prior EH&S knowledge. This began my
       EH&S career.
    In charge of the engineering department during the managers absence.

Electrical Field Engineer - Bechtel, Inc.. Various Locations                                         1986 - 1989
     Directed and mentored craft personnel involving problem resolution of electrical raceway installation, fire
         protection systems and electrical equipment installation.
     Lead Electrical Termination Engineer for all of second shift.
     Oversaw certified acceptance of cable tie-ins for permanent plant operations.
     Received the coveted "employee of the month" award for performance excellence.
       Involved in the review, preparation and follow-up completion of mechanical work packages to the field for
        the refueling outage of Unit #2 reactor.
       Redesigned the main reactor conduit runs from the main elevation to the reactor (600') and saved the
        client $250K.


Electrical Engineering, 1986
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Cooperative Engineering student for two years at Houston Lighting and Power
Order of the Engineer
President of Rochdale CO-OP House


• Member - National Association of Environmental Professionals, National Organization, 2004.
• Member - Indiana National Association of Environmental Professionals, Indiana, 2006.

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