Steve Fotou

Steve Fotou

Work History

Work History
Dec 2006 - Sep 2009

Production Manager

Markey Machinery

Responsible for all facets of the manufacture of marine winches and their components, including production, scheduling, purchasing, coordinating outside vendors, quality control, maintenance, managing a production workforce of more than 30 hourly and salaried employees, negotiating with unions, hiring, reprimanding and terminating employees, initiating safety and environmental practices.

Responsible for document control and retention of all records of machines assembled including engineering changes during construction of each machine.

Also responsible for controlling the capital project that increased production capacity by over 120%.Responsibilities include mentoring a new engineering team in good manufacturing management.

Managed company’s production through several record years (operating at over 200% normal capacity) while also coordinating the new facilities building project with outside vendors.

Restructured warehouse and work order release scheme to conform to MRP demand schedule.

Continually troubleshoot production operations to identify potential mechanical or quality control issues leading to lost work time. Mentor Union shop personnel in manufacturing techniques.

Responsible for consulting with engineers in design reviews, in order to simplify manufacture of products resulting in cost savings.

Responsible for assembling bids for large projects on short time-lines.

Spear-headed the construction of corporation’s newest manufacturing operation and offices, including direction of site selection, plant layout and design, equipment specifications, purchasing and all start-up operations and process controls.

Oct 2004 - Nov 2006

Manufacturing Manager & Sr. Project Specialist


Utilized obsolete equipment by redesigning and enhancing machinery.Result was a major cost savings to corporation versus cost of new equipment, and by maximizing equipment’s performance, quality control levels improved from 78% to 98%.

Improved delivery performance to 48 hours – the highest service level company wide.Achieved this higher standard through improved manufacturing processes, fleet management, and team-building management programs.

Conducted product flow analysis and established maintenance, time study and cost reduction procedures.  Reorganized plant layouts which generated an annual savings of $1.1 million.

1988 - 2005

Sr. Engineering Technician & Manufacturing Supervisor

Questar Corporation

Directed plant build-out functions and began production operations on time and within budgeted guidelines.Defined manufacturing and service objectives; recruited, selected and trained production team; established purchasing and inventory control.

Responsible for the management of the operation, including supervision, purchasing, process development and customer service.Also performed engineering functions such as drafting, plant layout and analysis of shop production, workflow and operational costs.

Interfaced with engineering and coordinated inter-departmental activities to meet production goals.

Ensured compliance with quality standards and governmental regulations.

Significantly reduced lead times and increased production improvements.Increased on-time delivery from approximately 30% to 96%.



Professional Education Courses -- Throughout Career

Emphasis in Total Quality Management (TQM) training, supervisor training, budget preparation, business management and Microsoft Office applications.  Special emphasis in industry safety.

Salt Lake Community College

Emphasis in management, engineering and drafting.