Caraustar Industries 1996 – 2006
VP Engineering/Technology 1997 – 2006
Manager of Corporate Engineering 1996 – 1997
Responsibilities included guiding Caraustar’s core engineering group in Design and Upgrade of Production Machinery for Caraustar’s 50+ facilities, P&L for the Central Machine Shop, Customer Support, Overseeing of Product Purchasing and Capital Expenditures, Corporate R&D, Intellectual Property, Quality Control and Waste Reduction. Caraustar is a vertically integrated 100% recycled paperboard company with $300 million in sales in spiral wound paper cans, tubes, & cores.
- Reduced Engineering cost 73% per facility over ten years. Upgraded quality and capacity at facilities in four countries growing from 30 plants in 1996 to over 50 today while maintaining a budget at 1996 levels.
- Dramatically Expanded Caraustar’s Research and Development program into Ultra-High-Speed machinery, Frequency and Signature Analysis, Radial Crush Analysis (an industry leader), High Speed Video Analysis, Dynamic Load Analysis, and Environmental Testing at both Temperature Extremes and Humidity Extremes.
- Chaired the Industry Standards Board, of the CCTI, the can and tube industry standards group from July 2001 to 2005
- Provided customer solutions monthly by researching and resolving the source of product problems, coordinating mutual development of new products, and expounding on Caraustar’s ability to produce technical products
- Improved the output and quality of manufacturing through technical innovation using engineers in the US and Canada, including installations and troubleshooting.
International Paper, Raleigh Technical Center 1994 – 1996
Product Manager 1994 – 1996
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Manager 1995 – 1996 (concurrent)
Responsibilities included the support of two product lines of web-fed aseptic food packaging machines (as with the ‘Juicy Juice’ product). This included directing the global food science research and engineering development.
- Product Manager for an installed base of over 80 production filling machines on four continents
- Introduced New Products with higher speed and CE Mark compliance and an tamper resistant capping machine to mate with the Liter size brick
- Maintained Regulatory compliance through requirements and implementation of ISO, FDA, and CE Mark
Michelin Americas R & D Corporation 1982 – 1994
Senior Development Engineer 1993 – 1994
Research Scientist 1988 – 1993
Test Engineering Manager 1985 – 1988
Machine Designer 1982 – 1985
Responsibilities included the development of machine-based and vehicle-fleet tire testing programs for improved result confidence and throughput.
- Designed and created tire rolling resistance machine which increased production by 20%.
- Conceived and developed a tire wear model which delivers detailed tread wear analysis 91% faster than standard industry tests.
- Reducing costs and improving quality by developing an electronic circuit monitoring system of vendor testing fleets for tire wear.
- Increased range of laboratory test equipment which eliminated need to purchase a second machine saving $200K.
- Managed Engineering/Technical group for three years.
- Analyzed bearing/shaft failures, established and monitored the correct repair to ensure vendor compliance, resulting in an 83% improvement in efficiency.
Bechtel Power Corp., Gaithersburg MD., Modeler; Nuclear Power Plant modeler and evaluated computational models of piping systems. Summers, 1974 – 1980.