The new director of manufacturing operations at the Enfield, N.C.-based windshield plant of Safelite Glass Corp. is Mike Bradsher, who has been working at Safelite for almost 20 years. In this new role he will be in charge of production, quality, product development, engineering and accounting.
Bradsher started as a plant accountant at Safelite nearly 20 years ago. He quickly moved up to plant controller, then facility controller and finally director of accounting.
Bradsher has been a tireless champion for continuous improvement efforts at the plant, leading training classes in 5S and lean methodology. This focus resulted in a 3% improvement in vinyl yield and an annual cost savings of more than USD 200,000. He also led a team that successfully implemented voice picking in Safelite’s Braselton, Ga., and Ontario, Calif., distribution centres and made improvements in the warehouse management system leading to elimination of physical inventories, according to officials.
“Mike’s story is a great example of career growth and development,” says Dino Lanno, Safelite’s senior vice president of supply chain and manufacturing. “Mike personifies what it means to be a leader at Safelite. His desire to improve his department and his drive for extraordinary results are two of his greatest traits, and we thank him for his efforts.”