Cork Supply USA is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Hladun as technical services director. Hladun is responsible for managing the company’s laboratory operations, including all incoming and outgoing quality control for Cork Supply products. Hladun will also drive the implementation of ISO and Lean manufacturing methodology and principles within the organization.
“First and foremost, Peter has a passion for quality and operational excellence,” said James Herwatt, CEO of Cork Supply USA. “He has the unique ability to combine his technical expertise with a keen understanding of the customer’s needs. He has an in depth understanding of closures and quality managements systems and has an ideal background for our company.”
After earning his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering, Hladun worked as a quality assurance engineer for GD California, Inc., where he conducted regular audits to maintain ISO 9001 compliance and certification. In 2006, he joined the Hershey Company as a senior industrial engineer, managing a $1 million dollar capital budget across three plants, implementing Lean manufacturing principles, directing improvement projects, and helping to determine and improve product profitability. Two years later, he became a senior supply and demand planner, and in this role, he provided key business insights regarding long range volume forecasts, supported marketing and sales, and developed objectives to deliver bottom line growth and margin expansion.
In 2009, Hladun joined the wine industry, working for E&J Gallo as a senior packaging quality engineer. With the primary responsibilities of qualifying new closures and packaging materials for its premium wine brands and researching, developing, and implementing innovative packaging solutions, Hladun developed his knowledge of top-of-the-bottle products, cork labels, and the many different aspects of wine packaging. In addition, he served as the Lean Six Sigma product manager and implemented these principles within the organization, developing and executing improvement initiatives to increase cost savings and productivity. Throughout this period, he also earned his Masters in Engineering Management and became a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
“This position at Cork Supply offers me the opportunity to assimilate the broad range of activities that I’ve been involved in throughout my professional career, from ISO and Six Sigma to industrial engineering and packaging, and to take the next step in my management role and responsibilities,” Hladun said. “I knew that Cork Supply is a competitive force in the market, and the position felt like the perfect fit.”
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 USA® tub capsules, polylaminate and PVC capsules and Sparflex® wire hoods and champagne foils. 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, Cork Supply is committed to sustainable forest stewardship and responsible purchasing of forest products. For more information, please visit www.corksupply.com.