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Howard G. Nelson

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Leadership of a manufacturing organization; with the opportunity to add value through team development, project management, and continuous process improvement.


Value Stream Manager
The Carlstar Group (Clinton, Tennessee), 3/1511/16

Managed mixing, extrusion, and stock prep departments of a tire manufacturing plant with over 100 employees on 3 shifts
managed inventory and logistics relationship with key customer
led lean activities resulting in 12% productivity improvement
maintained production through major equipment replacement and significant unplanned downtime

Operations Manager
RavenBrick LLC (Denver, Colorado), 12/1310/14

led operations team including engineering, planning, production, and quality
managed installation of automated production line
developed operations database for production planning, product tracking, and quality control

Project / Quality Manager
Diamond Wire Material Technologies (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 3/1210/13

led design and business case analysis of prospective Asian manufacturing plant project
managed transfer and start-up of SmartWire (PV interconnect wire) production from acquisition
managed quality department (receiving, WIP and final inspection, document control)

Operations Manager
Micro-Poise Measurement Systems, LLC, 7/075/11

Managed the start-up and operations of a measurement equipment manufacturing facility in Beijing, China
developed project justification and financial analysis, new plant design and process layout
hired, trained, and managed staff (30 people) for engineering, sourcing, finance, and production
developed processes and created supporting ERP system for all operations activities
created supply chain for commercial and manufactured parts supporting US assembly resulting in 2010 net savings of 64%
transferred production of complete AkroDYNE tire production balancing system from US
established spare parts operations for Asia customer support

Led product improvement and project management activities
developed project management system database for new product development and sold job support
led value-engineering and DFM/A programs to improve product design and assembly processes

Value Stream Manager
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Union City, Tennessee), 5/067/07

Managed the full-stage tire assembly department with a team of 7 supervisors and 130 production, quality, and maintenance personnel on 3 shifts
maintained production through 3-month USW strike utilizing salaried and temporary labor
developed operations plan to reduce labor cost by 12% and increase capacity by 7%

Production Supervisor
Elgin Sweeper Company (Elgin, Illinois), 1/978/04

Materials managed 36-person, 2-shift department including material handling, internal and external kanban management, service parts picking and shipping, and finished product shipping
led kaizen and 5S events, kanban system development, lean process redesign
improved service parts on-time delivery performance by 54%

Welding managed 15-person department including scheduling and capacity planning
implemented kanban system and product-focused cells
reduced total controllable operating costs by 15%; perfect safety record

Manufacturing Engineering managed powder coating systems project: justification, design, construction supervision, and training
improved product durability and marketability, operations efficiency and capability
implemented on-schedule (3 years) and 13% under-budget

Manufacturing Engineer
Navistar International Transportation Corp. (Springfield, Ohio), 2/951/97

member of team that created a truck assembly plant in Monterrey, Mexico responsible for plant design, assembly process and instructions, tooling design and installation
conducted site evaluations, process simulations, and layouts for prospective plants


Master of Business Administration
Purdue University Krannert School of Management, 8/045/06

areas of focus included Logistics, Strategy, and Organizational Behavior; Six Sigma green belt
coordinated Leadership and Ethics Series of speakers and events
internship at American Axle & Manufacturing (Three Rivers, Michigan) developed process simulation and plan to increase assembly capacity (+34%) and reduce labor cost (-27%)
Krannert Scholar (top 5% of class), graduate assistantship and DCMME scholarships

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Duke University, 8/905/94

summer studies in law and politics at King's College London and the University of Cambridge
worked part-time in video production studio and as a strolling violinist
National Merit Scholarship program, finalist

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