Eric Allen
Data Driven Manufacturing LLC
Kansas City,MO 64145


Manufacturing Manager with over 20 year’s experience leading data-driven operational improvement and designing new technologies.  Managed operations of up to 90 technicians, managed capital budgets of up to $11 million.  Degreed Electrical Engineer with expertise in automation controls.  Technically adept at packaging machine design and troubleshooting.  Particularly effective at collecting and analyzing automated data to solve complex problems.  Experienced leader and trainer in the implementation of leading-edge manufacturing work systems.

Previous Experience 

JM Smucker Co., Folger Coffee Plant, Kansas City, MO (2008-2012)

Senior Technical Manager (2011-2012)
Updated technology to prepare equipment for transfer to minimize risk of failed obsolete components.  Supported efforts to install and start up re-located equipment in New Orleans locations.  Managed engineering efforts to site-clear equipment from the Kansas City facility.

Plant Power, Controls, and Information Systems (PC&IS) Manager (2009-2010)
Managed multi-functional efforts to implement numerous new project installations and technology upgrades throughout the plant, utilizing latest technology.  Set direction for efforts of plant PC&IS technicians.  Led implementation of GE Proficy Plant Applications for reliability and quality tracking and reporting throughout the plant.  Implemented training and qualification systems for promotion of seven PC&IS technicians.

Procter & Gamble, Folger Coffee Plant, Kansas City, MO (1987-2008)

Plant New Initiative Contact and Start-up Leader (2007-2008)
Led start-up of production systems to produce national distribution of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee, delivering eight weeks ahead of schedule, while producing three times original volume forecast.  Led planning efforts between the plant and corporate Sales, Marketing, and Product Development for new product initiatives- resolving staffing, equipment, and logistical issues for all new products produced at site.

Plant Integrated Work System (IWS) Manager (2005-2006)
Led and coordinated IWS cultural change efforts, coaching and developing pillar leaders, teams, and problem-solving efforts.  In response to Hurricane Katrina, led a two-week design, construction, conversion, and start-up of a Millstone Coffee line.  Implemented plant-wide, computer-based technical training program for maintenance knowledge.

Plant Engineer (2002-2004)
Managed plant annual capital budget of up to $11 million.  Led operational re-training efforts (50% of plant) for plant downsizing.  Developed feasibility designs, estimates and competitive bids for numerous potential products and projects for the plant, representing the plant in sourcing studies.  Led plant engineering efforts for new Home Café Pod making systems and packing lines.  Led controls upgrade effort of Making operation, resulting in project cost 80% under original outside estimate.  Led implementation of plant-wide automated line event data systems.  Consultant to other plants to help resolve reliability losses.

Filter Pack Operation Start-up and Improvement Manager (1997-2001)
Led training, construction, and start-up of highest technology line in P&G coffee.  During start-up operation, developed highest-skilled work force in facility.  Over a two-year period, led improvements to increase reliability from under 60% to over 90%, highest in coffee category- doubling volume output, while cutting staffing in half.  Developed and leveraged expertise in Reliability Engineering, Control Loop Health, Web Control, PLC Programming, and Operator Interfaces to drive technical improvements.

Commercial Products Packing Operating Department Manager (1994-1996)
Managed 80 technicians, 12 lead technicians, and 4 managers on a 3 shift operation.  Prepared and managed $10 million annual budget.  Led implementation of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), increasing reliability 5%.

Commercial Products Reliability Manager (1991-1993)
Managed five maintenance technicians directly and trained and developed ten next generation maintenance technicians.  Led de-bottlenecking projects on several Packing and Making operations, increasing reliability 15%.  Led design and installation of several new lines, increasing throughput, while automating manual tasks.  Introduced TPM to plant, training a department of 80.

Brickbag Team Manager (1987-1990)
Managed 30 technicians over 3 shift operation.  Led work design and developed teams of mostly new-hire union operators into high performing work system operation that became only organization on site to run without direct management.

General Qualifications

  • Trained in Front End Engineering, Lean, Total Quality Management, Ergonomics, 5S, Minor Stop Elimination
  • Former plant pillar owner for Autonomous Maintenance, Focused Improvement, Education and Training, Leadership, Initiative Management
  • Reliability Engineering Analyst
  • Proficient in PLC programming, Wonderware Intouch and Historian, Proficy, CAD, WordPress, plus Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and Word


B.S., Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

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