As a key move in its strategy for continued growth in North America, United Grinding has appointed Michael Gebhardt as V.P. of operations. In the position, he will manage the company’s first ever operations division at its new facility and serve as a member of the company's executive management team.
Charged with the preparation of current and future manufacturing opportunities and responsibilities, Mr. Gebhardt’s business function areas will include facility and property management, manufacturing, production planning, supply chain management, logistics and quality. Additionally, he will spearhead the implementation of the company’s recent PuLs and 5S quality standards at the new new facility that is a culmination of the the company's progressive model of operational excellence.
“Michael’s promotion is in recognition of his excellent performance and the measureable results he has achieved while working with United Grinding Group the past several years,” says Rodger Pinney, vice chairman of United Grinding. “He led the development and justification of our new facility and currently remains intimately involved with all aspects of the project. He also successfully took on various leadership roles as well as the analysis and justification of our new automation and rebuild businesses.”
Mr. Gebhardt will steer United Grinding’s digital transformation and the creation of its first smart factory in North America, which will entail big data gathering and analytics throughout the facility.