Ed Fuchs received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
- 26+ years of experience implementing turnkey packaging line solutions
- 8+ years of experience with sales and implementation of electrical control systems for packaging and processing applications
- 12+ years of management experience leading applications and sales department for packaging equipment companies
- Director of Engineering for Packaging Systems at EPIC Systems
- Multi-industry packaging line integration experience including: food, beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical and personal care lines
- Managed numerous projects exceeding $25M
- Diverse packaging applications and project management experience
- Personally, responsible for the company’s profit and loss across multiple organizations
- Sales, engineering, customer service and field service department management
Most Challenging Project
Relocation of an entire production facility from the West Coast to the Midwest
Fuchs was the Sales Engineer responsible for the relocation of a 250,000 sq./ft. food manufacturing facility from the West Coast to the Midwest. The project consisted of moving two glass/PET lines, process kitchen and the bulk storage farm.
The West Coast facility was being closed due to labor cost and shifts in their distribution channels. The equipment had been severely neglected, and early on, it was determined that majority of the equipment would not be able to withstand the removal, cross-country shipping and installation into the Midwest facility.
At the same time, the Midwest facility discovered that they could not take on the additional products and hit rate increases of 40% for all products.
“We overcame this obstacle by getting rid of almost 90% of the equipment in the West Coast facility and installing two higher speed lines in the Midwest facility to accommodate the additional capacity and growth requirements,” said Fuchs.
“The lines had to be installed one at a time, keeping the other line running to maintain plant production. Each line was demolished and new lines were installed and commissioned in less than a week each,” Fuchs explained.
In the end, a turnkey solution was delivered to the customer that met all their production needs and minimized downtime. Based on project performance, a second project consisting of two additional lines was awarded with the customer at another facility.
“Challenges create opportunity,” said Fuchs. “I enjoy being a part of the team that comes up with the ultimate solution when others have failed trying.”
Fuchs enjoys family weekends at his farm in Southwest Missouri where they fish, camp, ride ATV’s and experience the wildlife of Missouri. In his free time, you will find him coaching his children’s competitive youth sports teams or working on home remodels. He has remodeled and rehabbed numerous houses over the last 20+ years.
“One thing you might not know about me is that I am an active member of my community. I served as subdivision president and have been a board member for multiple non-prophet organizations that service social and economic needs of children in the St Louis area,” said Fuchs.