Tom earned his MBA and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees from The University of Toledo, which have supported his expertise and skill development in various diverse work environments in the wood industry. His ability to excel in various environments is indicated by his experience as a launch engineer in process manufacturing for Ford, GM, and Chrysler products, while also establishing long-range plans, budgets, and policies for a variety of other industries and companies.
Likewise, Tom has completed a $5 million dollar line for a new product offering for the Armstrong Low-Maintenance Coating flooring product. His responsibilities included writing equipment specifications, soliciting quotes for the purchase, and installing equipment for the project. This major equipment included machinery and technology for facilitation of line loading, coating and curing, as well as stacking and loading the finished product.
Tom has demonstrated a profound commitment to both industry and efficiency. He employed Kaizen & Lean manufacturing methods to decrease waste and improve productivity, improving overall processes. He has also implemented the use of Six Sigma techniques for problem-solving to decrease product defects as well as facilitate motivation and process. Tom also applies his literacy in SAP and QAD production management and purchasing and management modules.
Tom is an exceptional communicator with both internal and external customers, combining his technical proficiency with his hands-on expertise. He has administered both multi-million dollar and smaller capital expenditures ventures. He has additionally worked with various government agencies, including monitoring and submitting specific required regulatory reports such as Tier-2, From-R, and annual air-compliance permits. He has skillfully managed ISO-14000 certification process as well as submitted Title V air permit applications, maintaining the SWPP plan and revised the plan for disposal of hazardous wastes.