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JAMES R.

KALLEMBACH
2976 Wedgewood Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-754-4327 Cell: 815-751-3768
E-mail: jkd6d7f8@westpost.net
SUMMARY
More than twenty-six years progressively responsible Production/Manufacturing Ma
nagement environment; experienced in purchasing commodities overseas, including
purchase of steel in master and slit coil to meet production schedules for a tub
e manufacturing and fabrication operation and a mill operation, 10 years experie
nce in negotiating contracts and pricing for commodities and steel for domestic
and foreign suppliers. Training and expertise in APICS Coursework, Personnel Su
pervision, Human Resource Development, Time Management, Team-Building, Ergonomic
s, JIT Management, Inventory Control, ISO 9000 Training, Statistical Process Con
trol (SPC), Kaizen Training, Ford 8-D Training, MRP Environment and Excel.
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Senior Buyer (September 2008present) Senior Flexonics, Bartlett, IL
Procure slit coil and steel tubing used in manufacturing of flexible tubing pro
ducts for medical, industrial and automotive products.
Schedule receipt of slit coil and steel tubing to meet customer requirements an
d manufacturing schedules.
Participate in planning for procurement for materials based on production sched
ule.
Negotiate with carriers to ensure on-time delivery and competitive rates.
Produced $450,000.00 in annual savings through reduction in steel price through
negotiations and annual contracts with steel suppliers.
Ensure on-time delivery of raw materials and finished goods.
Verify accuracy of shipments of raw materials and shipped goods.
Negotiate prices with suppliers and qualify supplier.
Coordinate production/scheduling activities with inside sales and plant manager
.
Production Coordinator/Senior Buyer (June 2008September 2008) Great Lakes Tubula
r, Aurora, IL
Schedule production, purchase slit coil steel for the production of steel tubin
g.
Schedule and ship finished goods and schedule shipping for incoming receipts of
steel.
Negotiate with carriers to ensure on-time delivery and competitive rates.
Ensure on-time delivery of raw materials and finished goods.
Verify accuracy of shipments of raw materials and shipped goods.
Negotiate prices with suppliers and qualify supplier.
Coordinate production/scheduling activities with inside sales and plant manager
.
Purchasing Manager (August 2007May 2008) National Metalwares, Aurora, IL
Purchased master and slit coil steel and other components used in manufacturing
parts to produce products.
Negotiated $70,000.00 in anmnual savings through engineering and manufacturing
process review with suppliers.
Supervised buyer who purchased OEM finished goods.
Maintained an accurate purchasing database and supplier performance system.
Solicited and analyzed requests for quotations for assigned items from supplier
s or potential suppliers.
Assisted in the selection of suppliers by interviewing suppliers, visiting supp
liers, and maintaining close contact by correspondence, telephone, and other for
ms of communication.
Assisted manager in establishing pricing/cost targets and develops cost reducti
on techniques to meet or exceed targets.
Developed negotiating skills to ensure best values.
Shipping Manager (August 2006-August 2007) Engineered Storage Products, DeKalb
, IL
Supervised shipping and receiving department for manufacturer of liquid storage
tanks.
Ensured on-time shipping and order accuracy.
Worked with department toward continuous improvement.
Managed program for new product launch; responsible for coordinating all activi
ties between engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and quality control to ensur
e smooth startup and on-time launch.
Plant Manager (April 2003-July 2006) National Metalwares, Aurora, IL
Oversaw production and personnel scheduling, purchasing and maintenance of equi
pment, quality control, inventory control and the coordination of production act
ivities with all other departments for steel tubing product manufacturer.
Continually analyzed the plant personnel and capital resources to select the be
st way of meeting the production schedules.
Monitored production to ensure it stayed on schedule and corrected any problems
that occurred.
Worked with all department managers to make continuous improvements in producti
on quality and safety, relying on lean manufacturing techniques.
Worked closely with sales, procurement, and logistics of other departments to p
lan and implement company goals, objectives and procedures.
Continually reorganized the manufacturing process and production scheduling to
quickly react to changes in customer demand; emphasizing continuous quality impr
ovement.
Identified substandard materials/parts from outside suppliers and worked with s
uppliers to improve their quality.
Upgraded manufacturing equipment and implemented a preventative maintenance pro
gram.
Oversaw five departments, with approximately 200 employees
Buyer (April 1997-April 2003) Borg Warner, Dixon, IL
Annually purchased approximately $10 million in parts for four focus factoriesp
roportional, PFE, air pump check valve, and air control valvefor manufacturer of
emission control valves.
Purchased all components (stamped parts, screw machine parts, rubber products,
castings, and filters) used in manufacturing parts for fuel and air control valv
es.
Maintained an accurate purchasing database and supplier performance system.
Solicited and analyzed requests for quotations for assigned items from existing
domestic and foreign suppliers or potential domestic and foreign suppliers.
Assisted in the selection of suppliers by interviewing suppliers, visiting supp
liers, and maintaining close contact by correspondence, telephone, and other for
ms of communication.
Assisted manager in establishing pricing/cost targets and developed cost reduct
ion techniques to meet or exceed targets, e.g.,
o $250,000 cost reduction negotiated for long-term agreement with supplier as a
result of competitive quoting and engineering concessions
o $330,000 cost reduction obtained through competitive quoting and qualifying a
new supplier
o $120,000 cost reduction obtained by working with engineering to develop a new
production process and qualifying a new supplier
o $400,000 cost reduction for new products; price reductions negotiated through
long-term agreements with suppliers for cost downs over the first 3-5 years of t
he program
Developed negotiating skills to ensure best values.
Ensured that suppliers remained informed of and complied with all CRs & CNs.
Shift Production Supervisor (February 1984 July 1987), Production and Inventory
control Manager (July 1987-February 1992) and Department Manager (February 1992
-April 1997) General Cable Company, Monticello, IL
Provided management support for scheduling and supervision of personnel in two
production departments and one receiving department with total of 30 employees.
Scheduled copper requirements for plant, copper rod requirements for each depar
tment according to necessary gauge, and machine complements to accommodate these
requirements.
Monitored drawing solution for copper drawing operation.
Facilitated work flow in departments to meet customer orders.
Purchased monthly raw materials (1.5 million lbs. copper; 400,000 lbs. copper c
lad steel; 800,000 lbs. PVC compounds; 10,000 cartons, etc.) to meet manufacturi
ng requirements.
Scheduled work to accommodate manufacturing and orders schedules.
Expedited completion of finished goods to meet deadlines.
Prepared daily reports: follow-up on customer orders, production updates, raw
materials, stop tag. Prepared weekly reports: cycle counts, customer orders, p
roduction schedule, sales report, raw materials. Prepared monthly reports: sign
ificant items, close raw materials.

EDUCATION
B.S. in Business Administration, May 1973 18 credit hours in Materials Manageme
nt Illinois Wesleyan University Parkland College
Bloomington, IL Champaign, IL