Haviland Enterprises hires director of manufacturing

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Vonn Schopp. Courtesy Haviland Enterprises

A chemicals manufacturer hired a new director for one of its portfolio entities.

Grand Rapids-based Haviland Enterprises said Wednesday, April 6, it hired Vonn Schopp as director of manufacturing for Haviland Products Company (HPC).

Schopp will direct all HPC manufacturing operations at three facilities.

“Vonn believes in creating an atmosphere of trust and vision in a safe environment,” said Rob Pawson, vice president of HPC. “He will play a pivotal role in creating sustainable programs to drive manufacturing excellence.”

Schopp brings over 20 years of chemistry, safety and plant management experience to Haviland. He most recently worked as a plant manager at PLZ Aeroscience Corp. and Rustoleum, where he was instrumental in increasing the productivity and profitability of both companies.

“My leadership style is to value and encourage the associates’ voices on the floor to be the owners of what success looks like for the site,” Schopp said.

A graduate of California State University-Dominguez Hills, Schopp said he will work to maintain Haviland’s environment of continuous improvement in all aspects of HPC operations, with a concentration on safety and customer satisfaction.

Founded in 1934, Haviland Enterprises is a chemical supplier for cleaning, plating, recreational water and other applications. It is an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company comprised of two divisions, 260 employees and over 600,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The company has six production and warehousing locations, including its headquarters in Grand Rapids, with additional manufacturing facilities in Kalamazoo; North Bend, Ohio; and Chandler, Arizona.

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