Fortress Building Products names new VP of operations

The company has established “Fortress 2020,” designed to promote growth and better serve customers.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Fortress Building Products announced that Dave Smithey has joined the company’s executive team as vice president, operations.

This new role was established to enhance company’s operational capabilities going forward, Fortress said.

As part of a significant growth initiative, the company has launched a new plan called Fortress 2020 Vision. The plan is expected to guide the company’s organizational transformation into a new structure engineered to better serve customers and support expansion of multiple brands and product categories in strategic channels of trade.

Dave Smithey

As vice president, operations, Smithey will provide leadership and drive continuous improvement in operational performance. He will also will oversee the warehousing and inventory management, global logistics and order management, as well as global sourcing and manufacturing teams. Fortress said that Smithey will lead the one- and three-year operations plans to deliver improvements in efficiency, quality, capacity, safety, costs and delivery for both internal and external customers.

Smithey brings extensive operational experience to Fortress from his previous position at GKN Aerospace, where he held the position of vice president, supply chain transformation. Prior to that, he spent 19 years in the domestic refrigeration and HVAC industries with Johnson Controls and Lennox International. He has held numerous positions in the U.S. and Mexico focusing on the value stream of business from engineering, operations and supply chain management to distribution and continuous improvement. Smithey focuses on Lean operating principles and teamwork to build growing and profitable businesses.

Based in Garland, Texas, the Fortress Family of brands includes Fortress Railing Products, Fortress Fence Products, OZCO Building Products, Fortress Deck and Fortress Framing.


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