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LARRY HUINKER

Anamosa, IA 52205
lhuinker@alpinecom.net
Mobile: 847-612-9222

MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS/PLANT MANAGER


Accomplished Professional Senior Manager seeks opportunity with stable growth organization that takes advantage
of my core competence for our mutual benefit.

EXECUTIVE PROFILE
Accomplished Manager with 30+ years experience demonstrating thought leadership, expertise, and distinguished
performance in Production Management, Human Resources, Quality, Scheduling, and Purchasing with multi-line
manufacturing operations. Decisive, solutions-focused, and results-oriented, an expert in building and revitalizing a
companys organizational infrastructure, products, processes, and measurement systems to optimize results. A
catalyst for change, combining tactical execution of strategic initiatives with strong leadership of cross-functional
staff and development of key alliances to capture and enhance overall quality, productivity, business, and bottomline financial performance.
Core Competencies
Inventory Control Cost Savings Vendor Relations Assembly Automation Cost Reduction Operations SPC
Six Sigma Overhead Reduction Scheduling Customer Service OSHA VPP Star Change Management
Operational Streamlining Team Leadership Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Consulting ISO 9001 Auditor
Significant Career Accomplishments

Ability to increase revenue and decrease expenses. Ability to engineer workflow optimization processes
transforming the ITW Signode plant and numerous other ITW facilities boosting revenues year-over-year,
and reversing income losses into some of the highest operating incomes within the company.
Able to work with all levels of staff and management in implementing Lean Manufacturing, Theory of
Constraints, and team training to achieve recognition as one of ITWs best practice plants, enhancing
customer satisfaction, maximizing team member development, and successfully managing growing
operations with new and improved products.
Designated point person for problem-solving issues with manufacturers, international distributors, as well
as high-profile clients, traveling extensively as a Lean Manufacturing and Safety Consultant to over 25
other plants in the US, Canada, and Europe. Divisional ISO 9001 Coordinator for three plants. One of 30
select corporate trainers.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Timberline Manufacturing Marion, IA May 2015 Present
OPERATIONS MANAGER
Member of the Timberlines Executive Management Team recruited to set strategy and operational improvements
for profitability, quality, safety, people development, and service to sales. Manage and coordinate engineering,
quality, materials, special projects, production, and support functions within the aircraft certified AS9100 facility.
Rail.One USA Clinton, IA August 2013 May 2015
PLANT MANAGER & COO
Manager and COO of RAIL.ONE's USAs facility that produces concrete railroad ties at a new plant in the Lincolnway
Industrial Rail and Air Park on the west side of Clinton, IA along U.S 30. Responsible for the receipt of materials
and supplies, and timely delivery of finished products to customers, meeting or exceeding quality specifications and

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requirements. Supervise raw materials, work-in-process and finished goods inventories ensuring conformance with
plant goals and objectives. Reducing cost by developing and administering programs to minimize waste and to
improve quality, methods, and operating efficiencies. Manage all plant safety programs to ensure effective safety
and loss prevention programs are conducted. Direct, coach, and counsel direct and indirect reports to develop
maximum effectiveness.
Mills Manufacturing Company, Earlville, IA

Jan. 2013 July 2013

PRODUCTION MANAGER AND LEAN CONSULTANT


Member of the Management Team recruited to manage production and support functions at Mills Manufacturing
Plants in the Earlville, IA fabrication plant, Washington, MO machining plant, and the Monticello, IA assembly plant.
Illinois Tool Works, Signode Engineered Products (SEP), West Union, IA and Glenview, IL

1997Oct. 2012

Illinois Tool Works is a diversified manufacturer of engineered products and specialty systems. A global industrial
Fortune 200 company and a leader in commercial innovation.

PLANT MANAGER/LEAN MANUFACTURING AND SAFETY CONSULTANT


Award-winning Plant Manager recruited to manage all production and support functions at ITWs West Union, IA
plant, which then moved to the corporate location in 2011 to Glenview, IL. Challenged to ensure prompt and
economical receipt of materials and supplies, and timely delivery of finished products to customers, meeting or
exceeding quality specifications and requirements. Charged with monitoring and appraising effectiveness of plant
operations regularly and systematically, including responsiveness to sales requirements and effectiveness of
equipment utilization. Reduce cost by combining Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints to
achieve breakthrough performance to minimize waste, improve quality, methods, and operating efficiencies.
Eaton Corporation, Belmond, Iowa

19811997

A diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. The Belmond plant manufactures engine
valves for automotive, aircraft, heavy-duty applications, and aircraft lifters. During the 81-97 period, the plant
grew from $50M to $94M in sales and in 97 employed approximately 700 employees.

INTERIM PLANT SUPERINTENDENT (19961997)


Joined Eaton as a Machine Operator in 1981, advancing with the company through a series of promotions with
increasing levels of responsibility. Recognized for consistent superior performance, and invited to act as Interim
Plant Superintendent during Plant Superintendents 6-month sabbatical in 1996. Held accountable for all aspects of
manufacturing operations with operating budget of $30M+. Utilized TOC management techniques guiding plantwide efficiency improvement initiatives throughout all core areas including, production, scheduling, and
manufacturing operations. Implemented JIT production, cell manufacturing, and high-speed automation lines.

Key Contributions:

Revitalized plant operations, eliminated redundancy, automated repetitive functions, and improved bottom-line
profitability.
Slashed production lead times from one week to one day following implementation of high-speed automation.
Delivered strong and sustainable results in all key plant objectives with record-setting profitability: Increased
productivity 3.8%, reduced cost 15%, and drastically decreased customer complaints by approximately 50%
from previous year.

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Previous Professional Experience Prior to 1996:

Eaton Corporation: Lead Shift General Foreman, 19871996


Eaton Corporation: Second Shift General Foreman, 19851987
Eaton Corporation: Statistical Process Control Supervisor, 19821985
Eaton Corporation: Production Line Lead Foreman, 19821985
Eaton Corporation: Machine Operator, 19811982
Unicover, Inc.: Partner, 19761981

EDUCATION
A.A.S CandidateBusiness Management
North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, Iowa

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Lean Manufacturing Board, Northeast Iowa Community College
Member West Union Industrial Development Board
ITW Corporate Training Team for 80/20, Product Line Simplification, MRD, and Lean Manufacturing
Managed Iowas 1st VPP Star Site, considered one of the safest plants in the state by IOSHA
Board Member Clinton Regional Development Corporation