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Jeff Calkins - President

Jeff Calkins is a principal partner and president of Manufacturing Resources, Inc. Mr. Calkins brings more than 30 years experience of manufacturing engineering and operations management experience in the automotive, commercial electronics and aerospace industries. He has extensive understanding of and experience with Lean Manufacturing systems and a proven ability to manage large multi-plant operations.

Prior to joining MRI in 2001, Mr. Calkins was vice president of operations at Textron Fastening Systems - Automotive. Here, he was responsible for several manufacturing and steel processing plants in the United States and Canada and oversaw the sales, marketing and distribution functions for Textron Fastening Systems in Canada as President of the Canadian business.  He served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Michigan Quality Leadership Council and represented Textron at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). Previous assignments include serving as a leading member of the design and start-up team for TRW's Advanced Avionics Manufacturing Facility, assistant program manager (production) for the Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program, director of operations for a $100 million TRW automotive electronics facility and director of Lean manufacturing for TRW Automotive worldwide. He also served as vice president of manufacturing and engineering for Robertshaw Controls (Invensys), a leading supplier of electronic controls to the appliance industry.

Mr. Calkins earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration at Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management. He completed Textron's Executive Leadership Program at The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and is co-inventor on a U.S. patent associated with the manufacture and repair of military avionics modules.