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Expert in Aluminum Castings and Metallurgy

Expert ID: 733891 Michigan, USA

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Expert has spent his entire career in foundry operations and is a expert when working with raw materials right up to the finished product. He has worked for both Tier 1 & 2 automotive casting producers and makes it a priority to develop processes to eliminate scrap and downtime. He utilizes his expertise to train and develop production and management employees in the "best practice" foundry methods.

His casting expertise spans low pressure, permanent mold and die casting.

As a foundry and alloy manager, Expert has started up alloying operations at several facilities. Expert is capable of blending either primary or secondary aluminum alloys to make any in-specification alloy. His skills include metallurgical laboratory management with equipment such as spectrometers, x-ray and tensile testing.

As a buyer of aluminum, Expert's references can attest to his ability to save millions of dollars on raw material costs. A self-motivated and dedicated leader, he innovative solutions in a fast-paced environment of management excellence. He possesses superb qualifications in root cause analysis, organizational development, strategic analysis and attention to detail. He has also spent his career developing high-quality team-building and communication skills. A successful mentor and teacher, he is skilled in motivating subordinates to consistently exceed expectations and strive for excellence. Expert is consistently of organizational objectives and is capable and experienced in leveraging the know-how and professionalism required to achieve results.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Grand Rapids, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Kalamazoo, Michigan - Wyoming, Michigan - Saginaw, Michigan - Battle Creek, Michigan - South Bend, Indiana - Elkhart, Indiana

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: Partial Subject: Non-ferrous metallurgy Institution: Expert completed non-ferrous metallurgy courses at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He also completed Cast Metals Institute's course on microstructure analysis of aluminum alloys.

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Automotive OEM Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert works with a number of automotive parts suppliers, Tiers 1 and 2, to establish best practice processes to eliminate scrap and downtime. He also works in all casting methods with a focus on low-pressure permanent mold, extrusion, permanent mold, and die cast.
Years: 2010 to 2014 Employer: Magna Powertrain Title: Regional Commodity Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert negotiated consumables' prices used within the foundry and die casting departments. He also trained personnel on metal handling practices.
Years: 2006 to 2010 Employer: Port City Group Title: Corporate Alloy Manager and Buyer Department: Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for purchasing all aluminum and zinc alloys for each individual plant.
Years: 2002 to 2006 Employer: Cascade Die Casting Group Title: Corporate Alloy Manager and Buyer Department: Responsibilities: Expert purchased aluminum for casting operations in multiple U.S. locations. He also blended off-spec aluminum alloys to meet the 280 aluminum specification.
Years: 1990 to 2002 Employer: JL French / Nelson Metal Products Title: Alloy Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for raw material procurement and quality, as well as the furnace repair department. He also served as Process Engineer and Supervisor for LPPM operations.
Years: 1981 to 1990 Employer: Chassix / CMI Title: Production and Foundry Supervisor Department: Responsibilities: Expert worked as a production employee, where he was responsible for scheduling production and supervising 30 employees in permanent mold casting, aluminum melting and other areas of immediate responsibility.

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