Operations Excellence

Consultant Name

Nicholas Cray

Categories

  • Engineering & Manufacturing Support
  • Business Support Services

Contact Information

Address

9030 Settlers Rd.
Madison, WI 53717

Phone

847-606-6594
847-606-6594 (mobile)

Fax

608-831-8576

Web

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Introduction

If you are confronted with the constant battle to maintain competitiveness and profitability in your manufacturing business and have a staff that is struggling to maintain their current responsibilities, then you're in need of a seasoned manufacturing executive who is skilled at finding and implementing the hidden improvement opportunities in your business. 

Nick Cray is a 25 year veteran experienced in general and operations management, organizational leadership, manufacturing methods, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, engineering, labor relations, quality, product development, and project management

He is a skilled leader and effective communicator adept at fostering teamwork and implementing change. 

Nick is a high achieving technical leader, capable of driving bottom-line results.

Services

FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE:

Continuous improvement, cost reductions, productivity increases

Implementing lean manufacturing principles, project engineering, and new product development 

General and operations management, organizational leadership, manufacturing methods

Labor relations, quality systems, and project management

Skilled leader and effective communicator adept at fostering teamwork and implementing change.



INDUSTRY EXPERTISE:

Aluminum extrusion, fabrication and high volume consumer product assembly

Fiber-reinforced plastics processing, manufacturing and fabrication

Stainless and specialty alloy steel fabrication

High volume and high mix fabrication and assembly

Industrial products for utility industry

 

Background Information

Nick Cray, owner of Operations Excellence, has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, product development and general management with full P&L responsibilities. He has served as General Manager for two private companies and is skilled at general and operations management, organizational leadership, manufacturing methods, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, engineering, labor relations, quality, product development, and project management

Nick's business successes include:

  • For a $250 million manufacturer of stainless and specialty alloy steel products, achieved  $3 million of improvements annually through implementation of Continuous Improvement processes and Lean Manufacturing principles.  
  • For a $200 million manufacturer of consumer hardware products, implemented continuous improvement programs achieving over $3 Million of annual savings and achieved operational stability by reducing staff and factory turnover significantly. 
  • Directed reinforced plastic development activities to achieve a 15% conversion cost reduction over 2 years.


Nick holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg Business School with a focus in General Management. He also holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. 

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