Winning Brands manufacturing is a combination of our own production in Canada (for Canadian and Export demand) and contract manufacturing in the U.S., for U.S. demand. There are some exceptions depending on the size of production runs, but that is the general arrangement. In the past, our production volume was not high and the production was therefore not continuous.
Now, in preparation for anticipated higher production volume in 2011 and beyond, we are adjusting responsibilities in the production team at Winning Brands to boost emphasis on “day-to-day” management of all manufacturing issues to suit a continuous production environment. Therefore, our V.P. Manufacturing, Shabir Lalany, who was not entirely full-time, will remain in a consulting role but is making room for a new full time team member, Victoria Arrigo, to assume operational management responsibilities for Winning Brands manufacturing; both our own production and contracting.
Victoria has spent most of her career in chemical manufacturing operations driving continuous improvement programs, supporting production, R&D, and allied departments. In general terms, her path to this responsibility has included a variety of accomplishments in the areas of quality control, regulatory compliance and production efficiency. Victoria has worked with several fine corporations, with the longest period being at Diversey, Inc (Food & Drug and Specialty Chemical Producer).
As Manufacturing Manager at Winning Brands, Victoria will be applying this experience and her passion for manufacturing, with all its process and people management dimensions, to help Winning Brands become better, continuously.