Don Ramsay


Donald R. Ramsay



Experienced Manager with exceptional production management and maintenance engineering skills with proven competence in improving production methods progressing companies towards established goals.



·         Proven Leadership, Management and Team Building Skills

·          Production Management GMP’s, SOP’s Safety

·          Preventative Maintenance and Capital Project Management

·          Experience Managing in Union and Non-Union Environments.

·          Department Budget Management

·          Excellent Communicator, Skilled at Problem Resolution, Planning and Goal Attainment



Improved the output of a new production line.  Increased mechanical efficiency from 78% to 85%.

Interviewed production workers, identified problem areas, analyzed solution to problems, designed improvements, prioritized work, trained employees on set-up and delegated work to be completed.


 Resolved bottleneck issue via installation of needed equipment updatesImproved equipment installation from 10-day schedule to 6-day completion.

Led the team of employees and contractors in project implementation. Resolved installation issues to keep project on schedule, provided training and guidance as needed and communicated with management on progress.


 Reduced excessive pump downtime by 15% improving production efficiencies.

Collected downtime data, troubleshot possible quality problem with existing rotors, investigated and installed improved rotors.


 Decreased budget overspending allowing department to achieve budget targets.

Developed improved purchasing practices, prioritized purchase orders, audited quality of items purchased, researched alternative vendors, managed usage of materials and spare parts.



Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company, Champaign, IL 2011-2012

Steel Forgings

Plant Engineer

Worked as a member of the maintenance team.  Responsible to troubleshoot/Identify problems and generate solutions.   Participated in safety improvements and the Preventative Maintenance system.  Carried out continuous improvement projects. Oversaw plant facility equipment.

ACH Food Companies, Champaign, IL  2008- 2010

Edible Vegetable Oil Products

Shift Supervisor

Responsible for all aspects of production management activities on 2nd shift operations.  Supervise, coach and train a team of 9 production employees and indirectly manage maintenance activities for the shift.  Responsible for managing, monitoring and achieving production efficiencies and goals as well as enforcing GMP’s, SOP’s and safety.  Facilitate production team meetings to discuss the achievement of goals, safety and to resolve production issues and challenges.  Acted as Shift Superintendent on 2nd shift and weekends


Kroger Pace Dairy Foods, Crawfordsville , IN 2001-2007

Cheese and Dairy Products

Production Superintendent

 Responsible for all aspects of production management for two departments on a three shift production operation.   Managed, trained and coached 6 supervisors and a team of production associates.   Responsible for managing quality hold orders, rework, GMP’s, SOP’s and safety.   Acted as maintenance liaison between production department and maintenance department to insure that the production lines were operating at the highest efficiency rates possible with minimum downtime. Monitored line efficiencies, reliability, MTBF.   Conducted production team meetings to review daily production goals, safety and issues.


Heatcraft, Inc., Danville , IL 1997-2001

Refrigeration Products

Maintenance Engineer

Directed all Maintenance Activities across a two shift operation.  Updated and managed preventative maintenance program.   Supervised thirteen union millwrights and electricians including two group leaders.   Managed tool room and janitorial services in the absence of area manager.   Directed capital projects between $10,000-$20,000.   Installed equipment and ensured project completion.   Purchased all maintenance parts and materials.


Kerry Ingredients, Millstadt , IL 1996-1997

Breadings and batters

Maintenance Manager

 Managed all capital Projects and monthly maintenance budgets.   Scheduled all maintenance preventative maintenance activities across a three-shift operation.   Supervised eleven union employees including one lead staff member.


Kroger Pace Dairy Foods, Crawfordsville , IN 1990-1996

Cheese and Dairy Products

Maintenance Supervisor,

Supervised up to fifteen employees in plant and machinery maintenance.   Installed capital projects.   Managed preventative maintenance program.   Conducted machinery modifications.


Weyerhaeuser Paper Co. Three Rivers, MI 1987-1990

Corrugated Shipping Containers

Maintenance Coordinator/Production Supervisor,

Supervised union employees in production positions.   Purchased all Maintenance parts and materials.   Provided maintenance supervisor duties when needed.



Purdue University , West Lafayette , IN

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology,  BSMET 1984 



·         The Leadership Challenge

·         Montgomery County Leadership Academy

·         Process Based Management

·         Root Cause Analysis

·         Kroger Leadership Training

·         I-85 Continuous Improvement

·         GMP Training

Don Ramsay