Dan Ruppert is an industrial-manufacturing engineering with over twenty-five years of experience. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1950, his family would move to Nassua County not far from the Long Island Rail Road main line. Growing up in the suburbs, he would become an avid train watcher spending his spare time at the local train stations. After completing high school, he would do stints at various jobs inlcuding mailman, local beer delivery truck driver and long distance truck driver. These jobs would provide the impetus for higher education and college would be the next step. With finances being tight and the need to fund his education, he secured a job driving school and charter buses with a local bus company. This position offered a schedule that dovetailed with attending day and night classes at college.
After graduating college in 1976, he would enter the realm of corporate management with employers including aircraft manufacturer Fairchild-Republic Corporation. In 1978 he was recruited by the Sikorsky Helicopter Division of United Technologies Corporation in Strattford, Connecticut. His assignments included developing the assembly methology for newly commercial and military helicopter programs. These programs inlcuded Blackhawk and Super Stallion helicopters. He would be promoted to a supervisory position with in the industrial engineering department and responsibilities were expanded to include cost and labor performance. Additional assignments included the established of programs to completely refurbish helicopters with over twenty years service in the field.
In 1983 an opportunity with the Long Island Rail Road would change his career path. This position required the analysis and evaluation of railcar maintenance operations performed in facilities designed and constructed predominantly in the 19th century. He was responsible for developing the layouts and labor performance standards for a state of the art maintenance and repair facility for railcars constructed in Queens, New York. Promoted to Manager of Manufacturing Engineering he identified new methodologies and to improve the quality of the repairs, worker productivity and handling of parts and components. A management mindset within the LIRR that lacked the impetus and ability to operate an efficient operation would ultimately drive him back to the private sector.
He is currently the president of an equipment company providing material handling and storage systems for warehousing and manufacturing operations. He performs industrial engineering studies, develops facilities layouts and furnishes a full range of equipment to improve space utilization, labor efficiency and order picking accuracy. His projects typically include new facilities, consolidation of satellite facilities and reconfiguring existing operations. His clients are private sector companies looking to reduce costs and improve customer service levels.
He resides in Long Island with his wife and two children and is a member of several business and professional organizations.