Plant Manager

Name : Nick Prizant
Industry Type : Highway - Heavy Contractors
City & State : San Jose,CA
Job Title Plant Manager
Relocation Preferences : Any
Objective : My name is Nick Prizant and I have been in the Ready Mix industry for most of my career. I began in the technical end of the industry, working in a ready mix and aggregate Research and Technical Services Laboratory for nine years, eventually becoming lab manager. I am well versed in mix designs, aggregate gradation testing, all ACI field testing methods, colored concrete (both powder and liquid), troubleshooting hard and wet concrete, etc.

I was then recruited to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for three years where I was plants manager for a private Saudi company. We had three ready mix plants (one of which my Team erected), a basalt quarry operation, complete testing laboratories, a sand plant, 75 mixer trucks, 12 boom pumps, a truck shop, and I was responsible for over 150 employees from eight different nations. Each plant averaged between 200 and 250,000 cubic yards of concrete per year.

After my contact expired, I was hired by Graniterock in California, where I worked for the next eleven years. You can find out more about this remarkable company at Graniterock has won the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award (presented by President George H.W. Bush), was named 16th of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, and our CEO was named one of the Top Six Bosses in America and a personal mentor of mine. For the first two years I began my career at Graniterock as a concrete sales representative and then was offered the position of plant manager. This was actually a \"site\" manager position. My responsibilities included a ready mix batch plant with 25 mixer trucks and drivers at 200,000 cubic yards per year, an asphalt batch plant at over 225,000 tons per year. We had a recycle yard that took in broken HMA and concrete which we crushed into Class II base rock and resold. All of our aggregates were railed in and I also oversaw all of the rail operations. I developed and implemented (along with my on site teams) environmental programs, safety programs, and training programs. I was personally responsible for all compliance to local and federal water discharge as well as compliance with the California Air Resources Board.

As you can see, I have over twenty years experience in the production of materials for heavy construction. I take pride that my greatest asset is my skill as a Team Builder. I have loved every job that I have had in this industry. You see, I don\'t get up in the wee hours of the morning for a paycheck...I get up because I love my job. If I don\'t, then I make it so for myself and my Team Members. I believe in Job Ownership and Self-Led Teams that have had World Class training. I am unique and have skills that I can bring to your operation, and become an important part of your team. I would be an asset and I AM what you are looking for in a plant manager. I simply ask that you give me the opportunity to talk with me about what I have to offer and my future with you. Thank you very much for your time and for reviewing my assets. PLEASE feel free to contact my references to get a better feel for the skill set which I have to offer. My wife and I would look forward to relocating to most areas within the United States where ever an opportunity may present itself with a fine company.

Nick Prizant
Resume :  

Capital Projects / Turnarounds / Cost Containment / Regulatory Compliance / Budgets / VRM Strategic & Tactical Planning / Supply Chain Development / QA / Regulatory Compliance

As a plant manager, I have designed and managed the process and product flow systems critical to construction manufacturing industries. Moving far beyond its limited role as a cost control tool, I have utilized strong supply chain performance to ensure customer satisfaction and perception of excellent service.
By organizing, directing and controlling the product development and implementation processes, I improved customer satisfaction and increased revenues. I oversaw setups and turnarounds of sites, providing training and systems support, domestically and internationally that produced record profits.
Streamlining operating procedures and improving production throughput
Providing training and technical support
Developing and monitoring SOPs, increasing facilities efficiencies
Implementing processes to focus on necessary work, minimizing nonessential practices
Reducing contamination and managing hazardous waste compliance

My credentials consist of a BS in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from The University of Phoenix. Additionally, I have completed courses in Buyer Focused Sales Skills from Dale Carnegie, Xerox Sales Training, \"Frontline Leadership\", \"Foundations in Leadership\", Statistical Process Control and \"Safety Leadership Academy\" at Graniterock.


Turning around branches. Promoted to branch manager of lowest performing site. Conducted cross-functional trainings for new policies and procedures. Streamlined scheduling and outsourced fleet maintenance. Produced profit and reduced safety incidents to zero for first time in 10 years. Increased satisfaction by 63% for Graniterock (per customer survey process).
Achieving environmental compliance. Rainwater and water produced from plant drained into a creek next to plant that was not environmentally sound. Installed wastewater separator that removed fine aggregates and heavy metals. Covered metal yard, placing metal parts on pallets. Reduced fine metal content of wastewater and ensured compliance. Met all particulate standards per CARB (California Air Resources Board) requirements for HMA plants, ready-mix concrete plants and recycle operations.
Managing international operations. Recruited to Saudi Building Materials to manage three ready-mix concrete plants and a basalt quarry operation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This included a sand plant. Led team of international employees and contractors from 8 different countries. Successfully, completed construction of new ready-mix plant in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia on time and under budget.


For Graniterock, 1999 to 2009, a $100M+ Construction Materials Manufacturer.
Plant Manager, 2002 to 2009. Led day-to-day asphalt/concrete production activities for $27M site in the companys most competitive market. Designed and directed implementation of best practices, systems and process improvements. Led safety program improvements. Broke company record for daily production. Managed team of 42 union employees (including Teamster drivers and Operating Engineers). Managed asphalt/concrete recycling plant converting to Class II base rock and managed all rail operations for delivery of raw materials. Supervised and scheduled all maintenance activities including mobile equipment and stationary plants. Increased HMA batch plant production to 350 tons per hour. Increased ready-mix plant up time to 99.2% annually. Supervised sales of all products and managed customer relations. Participated in troubleshooting situations both on site and in the field. Committed Team Members to a mind set of life long learning and safety. Developed and managed annual budget and operating statement to plan. Managed all environmental programs to compliance.
Account Manager, 1999 to 2002. Managed major concrete/asphalt/aggregate accounts and delivered accurate technical specifications for project requirements. Improved operating efficiency and reduced costs by consolidating functions, leveraging technology, capitalizing on talent and restructuring purchasing processes.
Plant Manager, Saudi Building Materials, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1996 to 1999. A $135M International Construction Company. Managed operations for ready-mix concrete and mining, production, delivery and accommodations for 150 people from multiple countries.
Earlier: Research & Technical Services Manager, High-Grade Materials, Hesperia, California, 1987-1996. Concrete/aggregate/recycle testing laboratory.
Community Contributions:
Past treasurer and president of the San Benito County Contractors Association.
Board member of the American Red Cross in San Benito County.
Area chairperson for the Hollister Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
Voted Best in Class for the 2008 class of Leadership San Benito County.
Awarded a proclamation from the San Benito County Board of Supervisors for directing the installation of the county seal in front of the local courthouse.
Member of the playground equipment assembly team at San Juan Bautista School and Spring Grove School.
Participated in Safe and Sober graduation for the past nine years.
Volunteer for various activities conducted by the Hollister and San Benito County Chambers of Commerce.
A founding member of Graniterocks Community Action Volunteers. Our Team was responsible for selecting local charities for Graniterock donations to be made based on submissions and specific criteria, both monetarily and with time.

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