Steve Mertz

Consumer Goods Professional

Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan Area
Consumer Goods
  1. VanerumStelter
  1. Federal Mogul,
  2. Cascade Engineering
  1. Western Michigan University

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Senior Operations and Engineering professional with extensive, progressive experience in managing diverse functions in manufacturing operations, both domestically and internationally. Proven track record of making sound business decisions that have enhanced operational excellence. Particularly effective in organizing, planning and leading in an organization to eliminate waste and achieve strategic business objectives through innovative ideas and Lean strategies.

Specialties:Manufacturing Operations leadership, facility management, Lean implementation,


VP Operations

– Present (4 years 7 months)

Lean Director

Federal Mogul
(2 years 5 months)

continuous improvement implementation in the Sealing and bearings division.

Len Director

Cascade Engineering
(3 years)


  • Continuous Improvement
  • Strategy
  • Operational Excellence
  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Project Planning
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Kaizen
  • 5S
  • FMEA
  • Six Sigma
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Manufacturing


Western Michigan University

MS, Industrial Management

MS Industrial Management

Grand Valley State University

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    • Industrial Management,
    • fishing,
    • grand kids
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