VMAC Adds New Mechanical Engineer to R&D Team

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NANAIMO, B.C. – VMAC, manufacturer of compact air compressor systems for the mobile-mechanic, tire service, utilities and construction industries, has appointed a new mechanical engineer to its research and development department: Mike Cummings, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Victoria.   Prior to completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Cummings completed the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and the Bridge Program from Camosun College. His final design projects included a single-man hovercraft using a Rotax snowmobile engine and an autonomous walking robot capable of navigating through a course.     Cummings’ engineering background includes Mechanical Design Technologist (Marine) for advanced wastewater treatment system installations on cruise ships sailing to Alaska, the Mediterranean and Panama. He also has years of experience in metal fabrication, machining processes and sheet metal, all of which applied to manufacturing of brewery systems, ASME pressure vessels, processing equipment and wastewater and water treatment. Cummings is passionate about dirt biking and, in his free time, works on his own motorcycle and has rebuilt motors.   In his new role at VMAC, Cummings will focus on new product development. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Montserrat launches construction of multi-million dollar new port

first_imgBRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat has launched the Little Bay Port Development project, considered to be one of the largest projects in recent times on the British Overseas Territory.The project was launched Friday in collaboration with the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF). Transformation dream Premier Donald Romeo said that the launch marks one of the first steps towards the fulfilment of the long hoped for transformation dream.“We have had to change our path several times, tacking against the wind as we press on inch by inch towards our destiny. That is how, today, we are now witnessing the reality of one of Montserrat’s giant steps; a huge step for access, for trade and for tourism,” said Romeo.The EC$76.5 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) port will be able to accommodate larger cruise ships than those currently accommodated and it is expected that the number of cruise passengers will increase. The project has been made possible through grant funding of £14.4 million (One British pound =US$1.27 cents) from DFID under the UKCIF, which is administered by CDB. Montserrat is providing seven million pounds in counterpart resources with financial support from the European Union.“Over the long term, the provision of reliable access and connectivity to the island for the movement of people, goods and services increases the trading potential with an ultimately positive impact on growth,” said Andrew Dupigny, Head, Infrastructure Partnerships, CDB.New cargo handling equipmentThe project will deliver a set of new cargo handling equipment for the Montserrat Port Authority. In addition, the project will build capacity within the Montserrat Port Authority by providing a number of training opportunities as part of the institutional strengthening component of the project.During the construction phase that ends in 2022, it is estimated that the project will create employment and generate business in other sectors of the economy than construction, including companies operating retail businesses primarily in the areas of housing, accommodation, rentals, taxi operation, vehicle rentals and businesses providing food and beverage services.last_img read more