Wausau Window and Wall Systems
Armed with a Six Sigma/Lean manufacturing Green Belt, Brian Vanden Heuvel says he’s working up to his most significant career accomplishment: the Fall 2008 opening of Wausau’s new manufacturing center that will consolidate company operations. He’s directing and implementing staffing and facility improvement for the center, currently under construction. “The new facility will fulfill a key step in the company’s strategic plan,” he says.
As operations manager, Vanden Heuvel is responsible for production of window, door and curtain wall systems. He oversees three plants in the areas of production, manufacturing engineering, facilities and maintenance, tool and die room, traffic and shipping, and customer communications.
“I really enjoy the opportunity to contribute to Wausau’s continuous improvement in all areas of the business through the utilization of Six Sigma and Lean tools,” Vanden Heuvel says. Green Belt recognizes proficiency with Six Sigma principles focusing on better quality at a lower cost, and Lean manufacturing practices that work to reduce process time, he says.
As a Green Belt, Vanden Heuvel led a project that improved Wausau’s in-house testing. “To meet the industry’s most stringent requirements, we conduct intensive in-house testing of custom mock-ups and standard product certifications in our test chambers,” he says. “It’s critical that our customers’ product selections meet, or exceed, the intended performance requirements, which means testing is a key area of concentration for our continuous improvement efforts.”
Vanden Heuvel’s career began more than 20 years ago as a production scheduler for Black & Decker. “As I gained experience in supervision and facilitation, more opportunities to grow developed for me. I was able to transfer and build upon these skills when I first joined Wausau as a plant manager in 1998, through training and mentoring from others,” he says.
Outside of work, Vanden Heuvel spends time with his family, is an active member of his church and an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Brian Vanden Heuvel
Education: 1987, Bachelor of Business Administration, production/operations management, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Career: 2007-present, operations manager, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; 2006-07, plant manager, Greenheck Fan Co., Schofield, Wis.; 2005-06, project manager/team leader; 1998-2005, plant manager, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau Wis.; 1987-98, progressive positions leading to operations manager, Black & Decker, Beloit, Wis.
Personal: Age, 43; born in Appleton, Wis.; married, four children
Diversions/hobbies: Family, church, Green Bay Packers
Connections: 1415 West St., Wausau, WI, 54402, email@example.com, 877/678-2983, www.wausauwindow.com.
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