Auburn Hills, Michigan –February 5, 2019 — Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a Teijin Group Company, today announced that William James (Jim) Shepherd has joined the company as Plant Manager of the North Baltimore, Ohio, manufacturing facility.
Shepherd brings more than 34 years of manufacturing and project management experience to the CSP team. Prior to joining CSP, he was a director with Argo, Inc., an operations consulting firm focused on helping midsize and large companies in the transportation, oil and gas, chemicals and manufacturing sectors to improve operations, enterprise asset management and profitability. Shepherd was also the CEO of his own consulting firm for seven years. His career began in the aerospace industry, where he specialized in turning around troubled satellite and space laser programs.
“Jim brings considerable technical, operations and project management experience to CSP,” said Chris Twining, vice president, Operations for CSP. “We look forward to the expertise and insight he will add to the North Baltimore operations.”
Shepherd’s functional expertise includes Lean and Six Sigma manufacturing experience; operational and financial analysis; electrical and systems engineering; operational due diligence; accountability systems and value engineering. In his new position with CSP, he will be responsible for the daily operations, production and efficiency of the 320,000 square-foot North Baltimore facility.
“This position with CSP will give me the opportunity to implement many of the operational best practices I have developed over my career working with a variety of industries,” said Shepherd. “I am familiar with CSP and this facility, having consulted with them in the past. I am anxious to get engaged with the team here, and with the North Baltimore community.”
Shepherd holds a BSEE and MSEE, Physics and Electro-optics, from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, an MBA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and an Operations Management and Supply Chain Management certification from MIT.
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About Continental Structural Plastics
Continental Structural Plastics, a Teijin Group company, has provided leading-edge technologies in lightweight materials and composite solutions for the automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and construction industries for more than 40 years. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, CSP provides full-service engineering support, and holds multiple patents covering materials development and manufacturing processes in composite materials formulation, design and manufacturing technologies. The company has operations on three continents and more than 3,900 employees. For more information, visit www.cspplastics.com.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY835 billion (USD 7.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 986.2 billion (USD 9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. Please visit www.teijin.com.