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Cork Supply USA Adds Yue Cha as Production Manager

Date: 07/20/11

Cork Supply USA is pleased to announce the addition of Yue Cha as production manager. Cha is responsible for managing Cork Supply’s cork production facility and distribution division.

“Yue Cha is an excellent addition to our company,” said James Herwatt, CEO of Cork Supply USA. “His commitment to Lean manufacturing, operational excellence, and Six Sigma and his passion for production efficiency and quality made him an ideal candidate for the position. Yue will combine our best practices and some of the best practices he’s acquired at other companies to really make our facility a leader in operational excellence.”

After earning his MBA, Cha became the operation supervisor for RR Donnelly in 2006, where he developed his management skills and continually implemented measures to maximize productivity. While supervising daily operations, Cha reduced costs through Lean practices and updated manufacturing procedures to achieve ISO 9001 certification.

In 2008, Cha joined a company in the cork industry where he spent the last three years working as production manager. He continued to oversee daily operations while applying Kaizen, Lean, and green business principles to update manufacturing practices and create a new production process flow, decreasing waste and increasing productivity.

“Being a production manager is what I know,” Cha said. “I’m excited to work for Cork Supply, because the company focuses highly on Lean, Six Sigma, and continuous improvement, which is something I am passionate about.”

Cork Supply is the wine industry’s “Top-of -the-Bottle Experts,” specializing in natural, technical and sparkling corks, Nomacorc® synthetics, Newpak™ screw caps, Rivercap® capsules and Sparflex® wire hoods, foils, poly-laminate and PVC capsules. California’s newest cooperage, Tonnellerie Ô®, locally handcrafts exceptionally fine French oak barrels.

With companies spanning the globe, Cork Supply Group specializes in the production and distribution of premium quality winemaking and wine packaging products. Among the forested products Cork Supply Group manufactures and/or distributes are: natural, technical and sparkling corks, French and American oak barrels and alternatives, and award-winning designer wine labels. As one of the first companies to be awarded FSC certification for their global cork production facilities in Portugal and a founding member of the WWF-GFTN (Global Forest Trade Network) Iberia, Cork Supply is committed to sustainable forest stewardship and responsible purchasing of forest products. For more information, please visit


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