Food Production Process Engineering and Economics Expert.

Technical Consultant #2245


Expertise

  • Food production process engineering and management.
  • Food production engineering for confectionery and bakery operations.
  • Experienced with people systems in production environments.
  • Cost reduction and strategic planning.

Experience

Independent Consultan, 2004 - Present

  • Manage multiple projects for many food manufacturers at multiple locations.

Perfetti Van Melle, Plant Manager, Buffalo Grove, IL, 1999 - 2004

  • Responsible for management of $6 million candy manufacturing facility.
  • Reversed management decision to close facility by increasing plant productivity.
  • Increased productivity by 40%, reduced costs by 75%, and reduced scrap by 75%.
  • Responsible for engineering and product formulations.
  • Led effort to redesign existing machine to produce new form of candy.
  • Automated manual hand packing operation, thereby reducing headcount by 24.
  • Co-authored training manuals, policies, and procedures.

Nabisco Biscuit Company, East Hanover, NJ, 1988 - 1999

  • Engineering Manager, responsible for supervision of engineers and maintenance staff for world's largest bakery operations. Responsibilities included modernization, quality improvement and cost reduction projects.
  • Responsible for all new projects from concept through start-up and on-going technical support for production efficiency, capacity expansion, automation, computer integrated systems and environmental protection.
  • Reduced labor through automation, consolidation of operations, mechanical lifting devices, and improved process control and operator workstations.
  • Automated manual hand packing operations which significantly increased productivity.
  • Redesigned packaging workstations to improve ergonomics.
  • Developed electronic purchase requisition approval process and project tracking system.
  • Eliminated bottlenecks in production to enable three shift operation without shut down.

Frito-Lay, Inc., 1982 - 1988

Plant Engineer, Kirkwood, NY, 1985 - 1988

  • Led programs on employee and food safety and sanitary design using American Institute of Baking guidelines for layout, upgrades and equipment modification.
  • Completed a substantial plant expansion for processing, packaging, boiler, raw material handling, storage, and by-products reclamation.
  • Provided studies and estimates, drawings, calculations, equipment sizing, specifications, and cost benefit analyses for capital appropriations.
  • Prepared construction contract bid packages, bid analysis and selection, and coordinated field engineering work with contractors and plant construction crews during construction and start-up.

Plant Engineer, Denver, 1982 - 1985

  • Responsible for overall engineering and maintenance of a potato and tortilla chip food manufacturing facility.
  • Provided basic data and specifications and cost benefit analyses for capital project appropriations.
  • Provided studies and estimates, drawings, calculations, equipment sizing, specifications, and cost benefit analyses for capital appropriations.
  • Developed the first long-range capital plan for any Frito Lay plant.

Ralston Purina Co., Engineer, Denver, CO, 1977 - 1982

  • Installed a new maintenance work order, planning and preventive maintenance system, which emphasized labor productivity and material coordination.
  • Responsible for providing engineering expertise and technical support to production and maintenance departments to troubleshoot and solve food manufacturing problems.
  • Held position of plant energy coordinator with responsibility for making recommendations to maintain control of energy utilization.

Honors & Publications

Special Training

  • Parker - Hydraulics and Fluid Power
  • Allen Bradley - PLC Basic Programming
  • OSHA Contractor Safety Training Class
  • Foundations of Leadership - Center for Creative Leadership
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering and Economics, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Education

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering and Economics, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
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