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Richard Gerber

Shelbyville, KY


Diverse professional background with concentration in both the Manufacturing and Engineering industries. Twenty seven years of expertise with a proven record of sound technical decision making, varied levels of management and engineering responsibilities, cost estimating and achievement across multiple manufacturing functions. Experience with Excel, Word, AutoCAD, Mastercam, 5S and Kaizen, Poka-Yoke, SAP, ROSS, ISO9000/ISO9001 and AS400 property management system.

Work Experience

Plant Maintenance Manager/Supervisor

Hussey Copper (Libertas)
Eminence, KY

2013 to Present

Libertas copper (Hussey copper fabrication) Eminence, KY 2013 - Present 
Hussey fabrication plant focuses on simplifying manufacturing processes to manufacture Buss bar and electrical components. Custom parts made from copper bar, rod, and shapes (either rolled or extruded), and incorporate precision technologies and metalworking expertise using Stamping /Turret Presses, CNC machine tool centers and Brake presses at every stage of production. 
Plant Maintenance Manager/Supervisor 
• Created plant PM program for preventive and predictive for primary and secondary machine equipment 
• Developed Cost savings format plan used thru out maintenance 
• Developed and manage machinery crib items with Kanban System reducing monies and downtime spent 
• Supervise /Managed primary day to day plant matrix operations with a full involvement of machinery and maintenance department 
• Involved in new machinery capital purchase projects and testing of equipment in Europe and North America 
• Managed outside contractors / vendors relationships for plant 
• Created and managed LOTO procedures 
• Worked on team to develop new product developments of Antimicrobial project 
• Directed troubleshooting and technical design changes in machine tools and procedures 
• Conducted 5S and Kaizen events reducing waste in manufacturing procedures 
• Trained new hire maintenance on all equipment/safety procedures. 
• Various repair work on Stamping / Turret presses  
• Knowledge of installation of plant electrical wiring

Manufacturing Engineer/ Quality Controller/ Maintenance Supervisor

Tennant Company
Louisville, KY

2006 to 2013

Louisville, KY 2006 - 2013 
World-leading manufacturer of indoor and outdoor environmental cleaning solutions and specialty floor coatings 
Manufacturing Engineer/ Quality Controller/ Maintenance Supervisor 
• Senior programmer on all Borghi and Carlson Tubular/Brush machines 
• Skilled in plant startup and development of new vendor relationships in both North American and European markets 
• Controller of maintenance spending budget 
• Supervise day to day operations of plant machinery and maintenance department 
• Direct/Perform 5S and Kaizen events which resulted in reduction on work centers and decrease in overall company foot print 
• Completed new design creation for both disk and tubular brushes 
• Worked with global team on new product developments 
• R and D in new tooling /inspection gages for brush machines 
• Plant Quality Controller manager/Inspector for QN's (Raw material components / final product) and FAI (first article of inspection of new products) 
• Perform time studies for the Procurement Dept. 
• Reduced time and money spent on wear parts of machinery 
• Create and manage machinery crib items with Kanban System 
• SAP savvy on ECO/BOM's/Quality Notifications etc 
• Spear headed capital projects of new machinery 
• Cross train plant employees for various work center and maintenance/machinery upkeep 
• Created training manuals and procedures for machinery and work center related issues 
• Performed installation of plant electrical wiring and planning 
• Emerson PLC installing  
• Fabricate and Repair using mill/Lathe/Surface grinder/hand tools etc..

Owner/ Product Engineer

Gerber Tool & Machine, Inc
Louisville, KY

2000 to 2006

Provided daily management of staff, facilities and operations 
• Solicited repair and design work from various customers in the Kentucky and Indiana Markets 
• Prepared cost estimates and proposals based upon customers technical specifications 
• Developed blueprints for product design and customized repair orders 
• Worked closely with regional material and outsource vendors 
• Participated in product troubleshooting and technical design changes 
• Programmed and operated CNC Mills, Conversational Lathes, Grinders and Conventional Machine Tools

Machinist/Cost Estimator/Engineer/Production Sales Specialist/Designer

Anson Machine & Manufacturing Co
Louisville, KY

1985 to 2000

Louisville, KY 1985 - 2000 
Regional manufacturing company specializing in designing and building industrial machines 
Machinist/Cost Estimator/Engineer/Production Sales Specialist/Designer 
• Participated in product troubleshooting and technical design changes 
• Designed specialty equipment and tooling 
• Reviewed and interpreted blueprints and customer specifications 
• Set-up and operated CNC Mills, Conversational Lathes, Grinders and Conventional Machine Tools 
• Provided technical assistance with machine development team 
• Performed off site maintenance and machining for clientele 
• Quality inspected final product against drawing specifications before customer acceptance 
• Established and managed customer relationships including technical support, troubleshooting, and product design 
• Prepared cost estimate proposals based upon material and labor requirements per drawing specifications 
• Coordinated vendor services and pricing negotiations for materials and services 
• Increased company sales 63% during first year as Production Sales Specialist 
• Worked as a consultant to GE Bloomington on their new generation refrigeration product design team in 1994 and 1995


BS in Mechanical Engineering

University of Louisville Speed School

1987 to 1991