Join the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce and members for networking and a presentation from Ken Knight, Plant Executive Director at the General Motors Spring Hill plant.
Thank you to our sponsor: Williamson Medical Center and Bone & Joint Institute of Tennessee
Ken Knight was named Plant Executive Director, Spring Hill Manufacturing effective October 2011. In this role, Knight is responsible for the overall operations of the 7.1 million square foot assembly site.
Prior to his current role, Ken served as the Executive Director of General Motors Global Manufacturing System (GMS). In this capacity he led the team which develops and supports implementation of GM’s lean manufacturing strategies throughout the value stream.
From 2007 through 2009, he was Executive Director of GM Worldwide Facilities Group (WFG). As GM’s center of facilities expertise, WFG provides global leadership in the facilities, utilities, construction, and environmental segments, enabling Corporate Clients to focus on their core business, resulting in structural cost savings and improved utilization of assets.
From 2005 until 2007, Ken was Plant Manager of the GM Oshawa Truck Assembly Center in Canada.
He began his automotive manufacturing career in 1980 at the Volkswagen of America plant in Pennsylvania and--after it closed--spent one year at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 1989 Ken took a new position with Subaru Isuzu Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana, as an In-Process Control Manager at their new transplant facility.
In 1993, Ken began his General Motors career at Opel in Russelsheim, Germany, as a lean manufacturing advisor. In 1995, he was promoted to quality and manufacturing engineering director at the Opel Plant in Eisenach, Germany, and in 1997 moved to lead the assembly operations at Opel Eisenach. In 2002, he was named Plant Manager of the Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant (Michigan) having been Assistant Plant Manager from the greenfield’s project inception in 1999.
Ken earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.