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Cadence Aerospace Appoints Vice President, General Manager

Richard (Rick) Brighenti

Cadence Aerospace has appointed Richard Brighenti as Vice President, General Manager of Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool. Cadence Aerospace serves manufacturers of aircraft, aerostructures, aero equipment and other defense platforms. Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool, located in Westfield, MA, performs complex machining, assembly and testing for aero equipment.

In his new role, Brighenti will oversee all operations at Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool, including employees, production and lean and safety initiatives as well as identify new areas for growth and improvement in quality and productivity. He will report directly to Tom Hutton, CEO of Cadence Aerospace.

"With the ability to implement lean manufacturing techniques and successfully take projects from concept through implementation, Rick is a versatile leader who is dedicated to safety, performance excellence and quality," said Hutton. "He excels at both team building and employee engagement, and, as an experienced operations professional, will lead Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool to new levels of productivity and customer satisfaction."

Brighenti brings more than 30 years of operational experience to his new role. Most recently, he served Cadence as Director of Continuous Improvement and Operations at Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool. In this role, he oversaw lean programs, purchasing, and maintenance as well as manufacturing engineering and environment, health and safety (EHS) initiatives. Prior to joining Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool, he served as director of operations at Conklin Office Furniture, where he was responsible for key areas including operations, purchasing, lean, EHS, quality assurance, maintenance and human resources. Brighenti was also plant manager for Kennametal, Inc. During his 2006-2014 tenure, he achieved a number of quality and improvements in efficiencies including the reduction of lead time by 70% (ensuring on-time customer delivery) via implementation of cellular manufacturing and pull system implementations, which have been sustained and continually improved. From 2004-2006, he was the Principal of Lean Business Services, a consulting organization providing clients solutions utilizing lean best practices-resulting in sustainable bottom line improvements. Earlier in his career, Brighenti held several operations positions including lead project manager for MassMEP, engineering manager at CDI Managed CAAD Services and product manager for K&M Electronics, Inc. He began his career at General Dynamics as a product engineer in the company's Electric Boat Division.

Brighenti holds a Master of Science in engineering management and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Western New England College in Springfield, MA. He also has completed National Institute of Standards and Technology training on Basic Lean Manufacturing, VSM, Set-up Reduction, 5S, Cellular/Flow Manufacturing and Pull/Kanban Systems.

For more information contact:

Cadence Aerospace - Tell Tool

35 Turnpike Industrial Road

Westfield, MA 01085


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