By Jennifer Erb
Phil Cain came to WVU thinking he would be a pharmacist. He was in Pharmacy for two years when he was able to get experience in a friend’s pharmacy. It didn’t take long to realize that he didn’t want to be a pharmacist after this experience. He transferred to Chemical Engineering, but quickly relocated to Industrial Engineering. “I wanted to run a manufacturing plant and IE seemed the best route to do that,” Phil says. After he graduated, Phil stayed at WVU to get a Masters in Safety. “I started to see things as systems in my graduate program, and that has been critical to my career.”
Phil started his career at Continental Can. The division Phil was working in was sold and Phil was the only employee within the division offered a position to stay with Continental. The company thought so much of Phil that they offered to send him to Law School. Phil turned them down and left the company.
Phil joined Troxel Corporation a manufacturer of industrial and consumer products. One of their clients was Fisher-Price toys. It was at Troxel that Phil realized his career goal from college – being a plant manager. He was 26 years old.
After leaving Troxel, Phil’s career has mostly been in the food and beverage industry working for companies such as Nestle, Kraft, and Borden Foods. In these positions he has worked in operations, supply chain, strategy and sales/marketing. He has also obtained some financial experience as well.
Phil is currently Vice President of Agrana Fruit, Inc. Agrana makes fruit preparations. One-half of all yogurt sold in America contain fruit preparations produced by Agrana.
With both Borden and Agrana, Phil had a private equity position in the companies.
Phil also serves as a Corporate Board member for the Ohio State University’s Center for Operational Excellence. This is a group that brings senior executives to Ohio State University campus for networking and sharing of best practices.
Phil Cain is a senior operations executive with a strong background in improving business / operational performance in both mid-market and multi-national companies. He has a proven track record in reducing costs and cycle times while improving productivity, inventory turns, quality, product and employee safety, service, employee relations, supplier performance, cash flow, team development and customer satisfaction in both B2B and B2C environments. He has a diverse background in manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, strategy and general management. P&L experience. He has extensive experience in the implementation of World Class Manufacturing concepts / best practices. Areas of expertise include:
VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS Brecksville, OH
Directly responsible for the manufacturing / supply chain network in the US and Canada. Report directly to the President & CEO. Responsible for manufacturing facilities, food safety & quality, engineering, capital management, new product commercialization, technical services and supply chain management for the business unit. Lead America’s Operational Excellence strategy and development based on Lean Sigma concepts.
DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL SERVICES & SUPPLY CHAIN EXCELLENCE Columbus, OH
Directly responsible for all global engineering services, maintenance excellence, HS&E, capital management & major projects, new product commercialization, best practices, strategic analysis, business process reengineering and manufacturing / supply chain integration. Provided leadership and support for up to 16 facilities. Initial Supply Chain Director for the start-up Meal Solutions Business Unit.
PEL INDUSTRIES 1994 – 96
A privately held manufacturer of value-added apparel products and services for the mass merchant and specialty markets.
Responsible for the Apparel Business P&L. Directly managed sales / marketing, supply chain / manufacturing, finance, human resources and product development.
Responsible for supporting Business Units in performance improvement, business analysis, strategic cost management, ABM and strategy development. Selected accomplishments include:
CORPORATE MANAGER, INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING Northbrook, IL
Initially responsible for the continuous improvement / IE programs across 16 facilities within the Refrigerated Division ($2.5+ Billion). Responsibility changed to the establishment of an internal consulting service that provided expertise to all business units in performance improvement and best practices (28 facilities). Focused on the procurement, planning, conversion and distribution processes.
Initially responsible for the Division’s Industrial Engineering program (five facilities). Responsibility expanded to include Total Quality, strategic services, performance management, new product support, project / program management, best practices and organizational effectiveness for the Division. Reported directly to the VP Operations.
DIRECTOR OF MANUFACTURING / PLANT MANAGER Moscow, TN
Responsible for the Industrial Division’s Operation P&L while meeting customer commitments. Reported directly to the VP Operations. Directly managed the Division’s manufacturing / supply chain organization (facility). Led new product commercialization, product costing and industrial engineering for the company (Industrial & Consumer Divisions – three plants). Managed 350+ associates.
Responsible for the establishment of the Division’s changeover reduction program which was the top manufacturing improvement initiative.
Facility Manager on second shift with responsibility for operations, quality assurance, shipping and maintenance to assure proper implementation of TQ & TPS concepts / tools.
Responsible for performance improvement and program management (Total Quality and Toyota Production Systems). Assisted in increasing plant productivity 18% and reducing waste 20%. Extensively trained in TQ and TPS.
MS ENGINEERING, West Virginia University
BS INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, West Virginia University