GM's Spring Hill boss joins consulting firm

Michigan-based firm looks to ride rising manufacturing wave

An international business advisory firm has recruited the site manager of General Motors' Spring Hill complex to be a part of its operations advisory services group.

Bill May joins BBK as a managing director for the Southeast — the firm also has hired four-decade auto sector veteran Jack Graff to join its Performance Improvement LLC subsidiary in Michigan — and will remain based in Middle Tennessee. He will start his new job April 1.

“As demand in the manufacturing industry continues to rebound and grow, BBK is increasingly well-positioned to help companies and their supply bases improve operational performance, reduce cost and increase profitability,” said Bill Diehl, CEO of BBK. “As our clients’ demands evolve, we continue to remain responsive to their needs by ensuring we have the right resources to provide innovative, high-value, solutions that deliver a significant return on investment.”

May, who holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, will focus on supply risk expertise, operational and organizational assessments, manufacturing floor efficiency improvements and cost-reduction methodologies. He has been GM's Spring Hill plant manager since April of 2011. Before that, he was executive director of the auto giant's global/North America powertrain manufacturing engineering division and directed manufacturing engineering operations in Michigan and South Korea.

“Bill is very well-established in the region and brings to BBK his unique combination of hands-on floor management experience with executive-level presence,” said Keith Updike, managing director of BBK’s Southeast region. “The positive business environment in the Southeast US and the recent trend toward on-shoring of manufacturing operations creates an outstanding business opportunity for BBK to grow our client base in this region.”