John Mantey has spent the bulk of his career with Ford Motor Company and component parts supplier Visteon, recently retiring as a senior executive. During John’s 30+ years of manufacturing operations leadership he had roles of increasing responsibility in manufacturing engineering, program management and plant operations. He worked primarily in high precision manufacturing operations for automatic transmission and chassis components. This included international service in Germany for three years as a plant manager before the Visteon spin-off in 2000. John built on his international experience as Director for the global steering business for Visteon and was responsible for product design and manufacturing operations in Europe and South America.
John was key to the implementation of lean manufacturing in the North American operations of Visteon. Beginning in 2001 he worked cooperatively with the Lean Learning Center leadership to develop the strategy and executive training needed to transition 40 Visteon plants to lean manufacturing principles. In 2002, John was appointed Plant Manager at the Sterling Axle plant where he led the culture change that institutionalized lean thinking and quality processes through all levels of plant management.
John has been a partner in a start-up company in the specialty vehicle business. Transeo GVS was a global system provider of engineered solutions for primarily cash-in-transit and discreet armored vehicles. The business doubled in size during each of the first two years of operation before being sold in March of 2009.
John is an alumnus of General Motors Institute (Kettering University) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Business from Central Michigan University. He has attended the executive training program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and is a registered professional engineer.
Pendaran, Inc. welcomed John to the team in 2014.