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Yamaha names Precision Propeller VP

Yamaha Marine Group announced the promotion of Bill Boehman to vice president of Precision Propeller Industries.

Yamaha Marine Group announced the promotion of Bill Boehman to vice president of Precision Propeller Industries, a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A.

Precision Propeller is the company that produces all Yamaha-branded stainless-steel propellers and other brands for marine businesses.

Since Boehman joined Precision Propeller in 2008, he has overseen the addition of a 12,000-square-foot manufacturing space that made room for new finishing equipment and the creation of a linear production flow that Yamaha said has increased the plant’s output by 60 percent.

Yamaha said the plant’s efficiency increases also have reduced scrap ratios from 5 percent to less than 1 percent, while the foundry industry average remains at 7 percent. Boehman’s dedication to improvement has also benefited worker safety, resulting in reduction of lost time from 13 incidents per 100 hours of labor to two, Yamaha said.

“Bill has not only streamlined processes, he has also steadily built a team of propeller professionals that have transformed PPI,” Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said in a statement. “The efficiency and production outcomes resulting from his leadership have been nothing short of remarkable.”

In 2012, Boating Industry magazine recognized Boehman’s strides in efficiency in its annual “Bold Moves,” a list of industry leaders who have implemented creative strategies to grow their businesses and improve operations.

Boehman’s manufacturing experience includes roles as plant controller, materials manager and Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Southern Methodist University.

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