Bendix Names Christopher Camp Plant Manager of Huntington Manufacturing Campus
ELYRIA, Ohio – Oct. 22, 2018 – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has appointed Christopher Camp as plant manager of its bustling Huntington, Indiana, manufacturing campus. A 26-year team member at Bendix Huntington, Camp served as the facility’s interim plant manager since May 2018. Bendix is the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles.
Camp joined Bendix in 1992 as a production operator in Huntington before becoming a purchasing analyst nearly a decade later. After holding several progressive leadership responsibilities within Huntington’s manufacturing shift operations, Camp was promoted to business unit manager/operations manager for remanufacturing in 2010. He stepped in as interim plant manager when Bendix moved previous Plant Manager Mike Pogorelc to a vice president role.
Camp’s broad, hands-on experience in all aspects of manufacturing, and his engaging leadership style, helped to transform Bendix’s Huntington-based remanufacturing operations for compressors. He was also critical in launching the new state-of-the-art Remanufacturing Shoe Center.
“Chris is an experienced, highly knowledgeable leader who is committed to continuously improving our Huntington campus,” said Carlos Hungria, Bendix COO. “From his years of service, Chris has developed a deep understanding of the plant’s operations that is instrumental in directing improvement initiatives. We are confident he and his team will lead Huntington into the future as an innovative facility focused on meeting customer needs and continuing its robust business growth.”
The Bendix Huntington campus, consisting of four manufacturing facilities, opened in February 1980 and includes manufacturing, remanufacturing, and assembly sites, as well as Bendix’s primary North American distribution center. The complex is the site of continual growth and expansion, the most recent example being a $3.8 million capital investment last year that included the addition of two new production lines to manufacture a portion of Bendix’s vibration damper product portfolio. The campus is poised to expand once again, expecting to invest approximately $1.5 million over the next three years to open a fifth building that will expand its distribution capabilities as well as its module manufacturing.
This year, Huntington is celebrating several milestones, including the fifth anniversary of its on-site health center that serves employees, as well as their spouses and children. The campus is also striving to reach its goal of achieving zero waste to landfill for Plant 2 by the end of the year – part of the company’s goal to become 100 percent landfill-free by 2020.
These achievements follow a special distinction in 2017: Huntington was named to PACCAR’s list of premier suppliers that meet the OE’s rigorous quality expectation of 10 PPM for parts and components. The distinction is earned by lowering PPM, or product defects expressed in Parts Per Million, to below 10. Bendix received recognition for reducing its PPM in Huntington to just under four.
Christopher Camp holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana. He and his family are lifelong Huntington area residents.
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