Jim Wetzel (SMLC Secretary)
Technical Director, General Mills

Jim Wetzel is currently the Technical Director –Platform Center of Excellence at General Mills Inc.  He has 32 years of industry experience, starting with 6 years in the Plastics Industry and 26 years in the Food Industry with GMI.  While at General Mills, Jim has had roles in proprietary machine design, Manufacturing System Improvement and Optimization, Cheerios and Wheaties  Product Improvement , Control System Application Development and MES Application Development. 

In Jim’s current role he is responsible for optimizing the existing asset base in GMI Manufacturing Plants. Specifically centered around our strategic operating platforms.  This function is responsible for technology retention, standardization and optimization.  It was newly formed in June, 2011.

In Jim’s most recent role he was responsible for Manufacturing Execution Systems, Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence, Maintenance Applications, Engineering Tools (Enterprise project and portfolio management, Process Simulation and Sharepoint /Collaboration for the Technical Community),  Control and Information Technical Innovation and Next Generation Application Architecture.

In 1993 Jim led the development of General Mills’ MES system.  Today it is installed in all of their North American locations and 70% of International.  It has driven significant productivity and quality improvements.  This system captures more than 50 Million data points a day across the enterprise and delivers many of the KPI’s for GMI Supply Chain as well as core MES functionality.

Jim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA both from the University of Minnesota.  He is also a certified Project manager (PMP).