My first job after college was at American LaFrance Inc. a Fire Truck manufacturing company located in Elmira, NY. I worked there for almost three years and held positions in production planning, inventory control, and material handling supervision. I had a good learning experience there and I enjoyed being part of a company that made products that saved lives and property.
My next employer was Smth Corona, SCM Corporation located in Cortland, NY. Smith Corona was a high volume typewriter manufacturer with almost five thousand employees. I worked there for almost five years starting as a Production Control Supervisor on second shift. I also held supervisory positions in production planning and fabrication scheduling. My last position was Manager Production Planning and Inventory Control. Again, Smith Corona was a great learning experience. They were a very sophisticated company as far as information technology and I learned a great deal about managerial control systems and applications.
I returned to the Elmira area when my spouse Helen joined Corning Incorporated's IT Department. I joined Schweizer Aircraft Corporation as Production Control Manager. Schweizer was manufacturing sailplanes and agricultural aircraft when I started at the company. Later, I was involved with the acquisition from Hughes Aircraft and start up of light helicopter manufacturing. Being involved in the start up of a new business was both a challenge and a fantastic learning experience.
I left Schweizer after three years in order to study full time to complete my MBA. After graduation I joined Toshiba Display Devices in Horseheads NY. Toshiba Display Devices was originally a joint venture company between Toshiba and Westinghouse but Toshiba bought the entire company after a few years of operation. Toshiba Display Devices was a high volume Cathode Ray Tube manufacturer supplying TV set companies all over the world. I was the eighth person hired and I saw the company grow to over two thousand employees. I worked there for twelve years starting as the Production Planning Manager and leaving as the Vice President of Supply Chain Management. I had responsibility for production planning, procurement, distribution, and the information technology departments. This was my first experience working for a Japanese company and it was a incredible learning experience. Working for a division of very large international corporation I was provided with opportunities for international travel and gained insight into cross cultural management. I was also fortunate to experience and learn about managing quality and employee involvement. My experiences at Toshiba sparked my interest to pursue another masters degree in Human Resource Management.