Larry G. Schwartz
Larry G. Schwartz
I started my manufacturing career in 1966. I went to work for a job shop in East Hartford CT, Beacon Industries. They produced jet engine components for Pratt & Whitney, GE and Hamilton Standard. I started there as a junior Process Engineer and at 28 eight years of age I earned the position of Vice President of Operations and had responsibility of over 400 employees. During my 15 years at Beacon I was given the responsibility to convert the entire plant from manual machines to completely CNC machines tools.
During the conversion of the plant I was introduced to Lee Morris, and once I had the conversion completed, I joined The Robert E. Morris company as Vice President of Operations. which included the following locations: Farmington CT, Cinrock NJ, Newton MA, and East Granby, CT. During my eight years there, I expanded the service and applications engineering groups, started an automation group, as well as being assigned total sales responsibility.
After spending 8 years with the Morris company, I was recruited away and joined Figgie International, a company that employed 13,000 people and had factories located all over the world. I was given the position of V.P. of Manufacturing world wide and reported directly to the CEO, Mr. Figgie. My responsibility was to consolidate and retool the final plants. During the retooling and consolidations the corporation ran into serious financial problems.
After 5 years I was recruited away by Okuma America Corporation and joined them for my last 19 years involved in manufacturing. I started there as VP of Operations and later became President and COO of one of the finest machine tool builders in the world. I had the pleasure of working with the finest group of distributors in the world. My area of responsibility was all of North and South America.
|1994 - 2013||Okuma America Corporation||President and COO|
|1989 - 1994||Figgie International||V.P. of Manufacturing|
|1981 - 1989||The Robert E. Morris Company||V.P. of Operations|
|1966 - 1981||Beacon Industries||V.P. of Operations|
South Windsor High School graduated with Honors
Porter School of Engineering graduated with Honors
Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Informal Training: Boston School of Business special training, cutting tool technology, machine tool programming.
GE Best Buy Award B1 Bomber Program 1976
I am honoring Larry as a man that has more passion, enthusiasm, and determination for manufacturing solutions than anyone that I have met in the manufacturing industry. I have been around Larry at trade shows and open houses, and he always attracted an audience to hear what he thinks and believes. I did not know him well when he worked at the companies that he was at before but saw him progress at Okuma. Whether he was with customers, vendors or his own staff Larry pushed for the best from everyone. He has always been incredibly passionate about manufacturing but mostly about how to advance it to the next level. I know he was a strong proponent for getting PC based controls on CNC machines but any new technology that Larry felt would help the industry became part of his everyday presentation. You can never have a conversation with Larry without coming away more passionate about manufacturing.
I hope the story of Larry Schwartz will show everyone how drive, determination and passion can change an industry and the people around them. I think his story will motivate anyone in the manufacturing industry.
— Rob Caron, President/CEO Caron Engineering, Inc.