Woodstock, IL is a 550 employee division of the 3rd largest commercial printer in the USA with $400MM Sales / 3 facilities and 2000+ employees - this division specializes in printing, finishing and distributing short run and special interest magazines and catalogs. Brown Printing was acquired by Wisconsin based Quad/Graphics, the international $4.8B Sales commercial printer in May, 2014 - resulting in corporate wide restructuring, division consolidation and plant closures, including this division in September, 2014.
➠ Key and contributing member of the senior leadership team at this division with full accountability for managing the preparation for printing, finishing and distribution of millions of print marketing communications for leading publishers.
➠ Principal production department manager (Pre Media) and team leader of 11 Operators, 4 Lead Operators in a 24/7 production environment; reported directly to Director of Print Services.
- Realized cumulative savings in 2013, exceeding the goal by 27%.
- Applied productivity improvements utilizing Lean methodologies: Reduced Critical/Major customer inquiries by 50% in 2013. As of June 1, 2014, had only two inquiries.
- Successfully delivered Lean 101 Training to over 100 employees in 2013.
- Implemented new Lean tools within the plant and best practices to improve quality – partnered with the Operations Excellence Director.