Jason R Van Wyhe

Jason R Van Wyhe

Leader | Entrepreneur

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  • 21413 County rd H
    Barronett WI 54813

    1940 Perlich Ave #9
    Red Wing, MN 55066

About Me


Welecome to my personal website! After leaving my last position, I've spent the fall travelling, consulting, and writing articles for the new website I am lauching, Job Shop Lean.

I'm currently looking for a new organization that will allow me to showcase my skills and grow professionally.  I have a strong background in manufacturing, but I am open to new opportunities in other industries or fields in the greater Minneapolis/St Paul and western Wisconsin region.  I'd love to hear about what new opportunies your organization has available.

Jason Van Wyhe

Recent Work

Job Shop Lean Manufacturing

Job Shop Lean Manufacturing

Trinity Meyer Utility Structures

Manager at Trinity Meyer Utility Structures

Chopper Surplus

Custom Motorcycle Builder

RR Donnelly

Plant Engineer at Wallace / RR Donnelly

My Profile


Entrepreneur and leader who has established and led businesses to new levels of success in a variety of industries. Able to pinpoint manufacturing needs and deliver innovative solutions. Proven ability to build and lead a team of professionals to achieve shared goals, exceed customer expectations, and drive profitability.

Work Experience


Oct 2012 – Jul 2018

Trinity Industries - Production Manager

Led operations team of 10 supervisors and 242 direct employees in a $100 million/year sales steel utility pole manufacturing plant. Managed production safety, quality, cost, and delivery, while involved with production scheduling, product development, test operations, continuous improvement, and union relations.

  • Team leader of an Operational Excellence/Kaizen team that eliminated the plant’s largest bottleneck, increased efficiency in our front-end cutting, press brake, and seaming operation by over 20%, and raised overall plant efficiency from 88% to 103% while maintaining a low indirect ratio
  • Handled employee relations, accountability, coaching, union grievances, and was plant representative on two successful union contract negotiation teams
  • Created an hours-based system of capacity and production planning for an extreme high variation, low run engineered job shop implemented division-wide via a SIOP event
  • Provided design proposals and manufacturability insight on a product development team for a quick-connect system to eliminate wind vibration resonance from utility structures, patent pending
  • Protected the company from potential litigation by identifying and correcting 7 major customer contract, legal, public policy, and liability issues as part of the corporate compliance team
  • Increased quality and decreased scrap in our machining departments press brake operation 75% by implementing standard work, revamping key equipment, and implementing administrative controls
  • Revamped safety JSA program for new hires by adding hands-on training and additional behavioral-based safety checks
  • Redesigned key welding and machining elements of job estimating system, and provided feedback on result accuracy to the rest of the estimating team, drastically increasing estimate accuracy
  • Oversaw numerous utility structure load case tests at the only test stand in North America

Nov 2010 – Sep 2012

Trinity Industries (ABB / T&B) - Production Superintendent

Managed day-to-day shop floor of steel utility structures manufacturing plant operations, including hiring, discipline, training, Kaizen and 5s events, ISO 9001/14001/18001 compliance, and maintenance

  • Launched hardware kitting program to organize and reduce the lead time the supply of parts to welding stations in a job-shop environment, reducing waiting by 15%
  • Modernized Lockout Tag-out program by rewriting all procedures, created a hands-on training system, and visual aids at all locations
  • Developed quality system lead double-check checklist and standard work documentation process that reduced quality customer escapes by 25%
  • Team leader of value streaming mapping event that cut lead time of MRO purchasing in half
  • Provided root cause analysis using 8D and A3 methodology for customer escapes
  • Developed visual tools to improve communication between shifts and make sure priorities were being followed
  • Provided workforce planning, staff development, and employee training for plant's transition from a 2 shift to 3 shift operation

Jan 2009 – Oct 2010

Trinity Industries (T&B) - Maintenance / Finishing Supervisor

Led a team of 14 maintenance technicians and 3 paint, coating, and blast operators over two shifts. Also filled in as loading and shipping supervisor

  • Managed floor layout and machine installation on 4.5 million dollar plant addition project
  • Managed multi-million dollar Pangborn blast retrofit and Kinetic plasma/machining table installations
  • Oversaw large tool crib inventory via Faciliworks CMMS and budgeting of MRO parts and supplies
  • Did time management studies and created standard work in the finishing area

Jan 2000 – Dec 2008

Chopper Surplus - Owner

Built custom motorcycle business from the ground up, building bikes and selling parts in 58 countries

  • Managed daily operations, fabrication, quality control, marketing, inventory control, order fulfillment, and logistics management
  • Provided prototyping and reverse engineering services to several aftermarket suppliers
  • Bike show judge throughout the country, including Donnie Smith show and Chicago show

May 1996 – Oct 1999

RR Donnelly (Wallace) - Plant Engineer

Oversaw maintenance and engineering in Illinois and Iowa plants, as well as equipment installation projects throughout the country

  • Led maintenance at automated distribution center/warehouse operations and notebook printing facilities
  • Managed and installed 7 major web presses and bindery equipment around the country
  • Hands-on technical support for HVAC, Trane chillers, boilers, and printing presses
  • Developed a training program for electricians for Siemens, Omron, Allen Bradley PLC's
  • Project Manager of $800,000 Beilomatik wire head installation on a notebook printing line
  • Implemented TPM and reliability methodology for key printing and warehouse equipment
  • Programmed in Visual Basic, C++, Assembly, COBOL, and ladder logic
  • Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, Autocad proficient

May 1994 – Jan 1996

T & T Tool - Fabricator / Internship

College internship and part-time employee while attending college

  • Fabricated and assembled wood chip formers for the paper and particle board industries
  • Operated lathes, vertical mills, welding, and general metalworking
  • Wired and installed automation
  • Tracked project completion for plant management

1990 – 1995

Communication Technology Lab - Supervisor

On-campus job as a pre-press and computer lab coordinator

  • Help students with internet, programming, and technology class issues
  • Produce desktop publishing documents using Pagemaker on MacIntosh
  • Help students with pre-press flexo / offset printing projects
  • Manage day-to-day operations, scheduling, time cards

May 1987 – September 1987

Wisconsin Structural Steel - Laborer

Parttime jobs during school and in the summer

  • Read prints and layout parts
  • Whitney Punch and iron worker operator

June 1985 – December 1986

Northern Stainless Tank - Laborer

Family business building stainless tanks for the dairy and food processing industries

  • Tig and Mig welding
  • Basic metalworking

Core Skills


Here are a few of the skills I can put to work for your business:




1990 - 1995

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology - Electronics 3.1
Minors in Math, Physics, and Computer Science

Key Course Work:

  • MATH:   Calculus I / II / III, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Statistics
  • SCIENCE:   Chemistry, Physics I / II, Solid State Physics, Atomic and Nuclear, Optics
  • ELECTRICAL:   Motors and Generators, Circuit Analysis, Solid State Electronics, Microprocessors, Digital Logic, Networks, Communications, Linear circuits
  • COMPUTERS:   Computer Science I / II, COBOL, Assembly Language, Survey of Languages
  • ENGINEERING:   Engineering Drawing I, Manufacturing Materials and Processes
  • MANUFACTURING:   Organizational Leadership, Saftey/Loss, Quality Concepts
  • FINANCE:   Engineering Economy, Labor Economics, Accounting
  • COMMUNICATION:   Honors English I / II, Speech, Technical Writing


Shell Lake High School


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