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Mar 2010Jul 2010

Executive Vice President & General Manager

H&S Swansons's Tool Company

P & L responsibility for the company reporting to it's Founder.

With over 55 years of continuous service to government and 1st & 2nd tier Defense contractors, H&S Swansons' Tool Co. is a fully integrated 56,000 squ. ft. precision manufacturing facility with 80 associates.

Located in Pinellas County, FL, the company offers a complete array of manufacturing services including: engineering, tool & fixture design, CNC machining, NADCAP plating, painting, and NDT, and assembly.

Hired to provide transition and succession leadership to the Founder and to facilitate improvements in financial performance.

Sep 2005Feb 2010


Maine Machine Products Company

Maine Machine Products Company is a 75,000 squ. ft. custom precision manufacturing facility that provides prototype & production engineering and manufacturing services for domestic and select international OEM's. Principle services: Engineered tooling & fixture design; CNC machined components; Electro-mechanical assembly & test including Clean-room assembly.

Primary focus involves the review of new & emerging business opportunities; directing and participating in preparation of engineering estimates & proposals; presentation(s) to prospective customers; negotiation of contracts; leadership role in project planning and launch of new programs into the plant.

  • Most Recent Program:Developed and co-negotiated successful international manufacturing proposal then successfully launched the multi-year ($ 5M-$10M/yr) program: 81 p/n’s; configuration mgt through FTP sites; major supply chain activities; FAI milestones; engineering processes, tooling, modeling & programming; capital investment of $ 2.5 M.
Sep 1993Sep 2005

President & COO

Maine Machine Products Company

P & L responsibility for the company reporting to Chairman and Board of Directors. Guided the company through (2) major recessions; major expansion of technical capability & services; several physical plant expansions; significant expansion of market penetration, and a near tripling of run-rate annual revenue to ~ $ 40 M.

  • Lead company through 250 + % growth in sales revenue ($ 13 M à $ 35+ M) through expanded/advanced technology and cellular manufacturing techniques. Orchestrated significant capital budget and investment(s) to facilitate the growth.
  • Lead company through evolution of ‘management system’ from MIL-Spec- 45208 to ISO-9001:2000 (initial registration in 1996; added AS 9100 registration in 2007); this effort also included implementation of fully integrated ERP system (Epicor – Vantage).
  • Re-marketed company as value-added supplier of electro-mechanical assembly and OEM product management services (from traditional piece-part manufacturer).
  • Successful implementation of value-added electromechanical assembly & test capabilities enabling revenue growth from ($ 1- $ 2 M/yr)à ($ 15 M - $ 20 M/yr)
  • Lead the successful transition ofTexas-based legacy business (multi-plant) to an in-house OEM -managed enterprise generating ($ 4 - $ 5M) in annual revenue.
  • Negotiated business opportunities with major tier-1 corporations including: Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Lam Research, Dresser, and Tyco (Defense, Semi, Oil & Gas, Telecom).
  • Facilitated roll-out of Lean/Six Sigma to entire facility as the foundation for continuous improvement for the company going forward. Instituted balanced scorecard metrics for the company as part of the program.
  • Elevated strategic planning function(s) in the organization including off-site and professionally facilitated sessions. Significantly enhanced and expanded budgeting process and accountability commensurate with significant growth of the company.
  • International experience in Japan, Singapore, & Norway.
Sep 1982Sep 1993

Engineering Manager/MFG Engineer

Maine Machine Products Company

Supported 75,000 squ. ft. of manufacturing space (including 50+ CNC machining centers in all manner of ‘cells’ and stand-alone configurations) with an engineering team consisting of degreed and ‘applied’ manufacturing engineers flexing between 8-14 strong.

Coordinated cost estimation; project proposal/presentation to the customer; project management with ‘Microsoft Project’ and detailed spreadsheet analysis; kick-off and ongoing progress meetings; coordination of supply chain contributions; domestic and international travel; preparation and adherence to budget(s); and in some instances administering significant capital investments.Also coordinated part modeling, process planning, rapid prototyping, tool & fixture design, CNC programming (including 5+ axes), process ‘cpk’ capability studies, and ongoing real-time cycle time analysis.

  • Introduced Rapid Prototyping to the company as a critical, early involvement, tool for new and emerging opportunities.
  • Facilitated Technology Center initiative with machine tool distributor to enhance introduction of new technology/equipment to the company at minimal up-front cost.
  • Orchestrated key technical presentations leading to multi-year business relationships and development of new market opportunities.
  • Implemented engineering estimating software (Costimator) program facilitating standardization of process and improved floor process documentation
  • Guided evolution of 2D-Cad design (principal AutoCAD) & CNC programming to full 3-D modeling and 5-axis simultaneous programming (SolidWorks, Catia, TekSoft/CAMWorks); substantial capabilities were developed with very complex components & assemblies.
Sep 1981Sep 1982

Research Engineer

Becton Dickinson, Corporate Research

Becton Dickinson is a globally recognized medical research, device, and systems company.

  • Researched better manufacturing techniques supporting NJ & CT facilities.
Jun 1980Sep 1981

Mgt Development Trainee

Kollmorgen, Photocircuits

Photocircuits is a printed circuit board manufacturing company that at this point in time was heavily supporting the automotive industry. 

  • The initial rotation was CNC Drilling Department Supervisor managing 25 people, 3 shifts


Sep 1975May 1980

BS Mechanical Engineering; MBA

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BS Mechanical Engineering - 1979

MBA - 1980


Manufacturing Cost Estimation
Very skilled in cost estimation of complex manufactured components and assemblies. Very experienced preparing and presenting technical presentations & proposals.
Engineering/MS Office Software
All 'Windows' business applications including Microsoft Project, Powerpoint, and Excel; familiar with AutoCad; working knowledge of SolidWorks
Lean Manufacturing
Green Belt Lean/Six Sigma - May 2009
Program Management


Cover Letter

Professional Recruitment Team                                                                     

Subject: Next Steps

Dear Sir/Madam:

With over 25 years of successful technical and operations leadership in fast-paced manufacturing environments serving North American and select International OEM's, I am in a unique position of transition professionally.

The successful sale of our family manufacturing firm in July of this year (2010), while cutting short a recently accepted position in Florida due to non-compete issues, has afforded me the opportunity of nearly limitless boundaries for exploring the next step(s) of my career.

The attached resume highlights my operational responsibilities and accomplishments to-date. I am seeking leadership opportunity in either Operations, Engineering, or Program Management and am willing to relocate for the right opportunity.

I would welcome the opportunity of speaking with you personally regarding my qualifications and potential “fit” for your client’s needs.

Very truly yours,


Jeff Sutton

Career Objective

Provide transitional and transformational leadership