Kim Williams attended Tennessee Technological University obtaining a BS degree in Engineering Technology. Her first manufacturing experience consisted of working as a Co‐op Student for General Electric in Columbia, TN as a quality engineer on new product launch of a refrigerator compressor for a joint venture between GE and Sanyo. Upon graduation, Kim went to work for SW Manufacturing in Smithville, TN as a Supplier Quality Engineer supplying seat tracks and window regulators to Toyota, GM, and Mitsibushi. After a short stint there Kim landed a position at Saturn working as a Quality Engineer in the Powertrain facility manufacturing engines. She worked in Spring Hill for 14 years in a variety of positions of progressive responsibility in Lost Foam Casting, Engine Assembly, Service Engineering, New Model Launch, Global Manufacturing Systems, and Engine Machining. Kim also obtained her Master of Science in manufacturing Management from Kettering University while working full time and raising her children.
Kim has always had an interest in automobiles, particularly engines and her experience at GM Powertrain in Spring Hill was a highlight of her career. However, as Kim’s three children were growing older it became important to her to move back to her hometown of Woodbury, TN which led her to find a position closer to home. Kim worked for 2 years as a Plant Manager of a painting and powder coating facility in Smithville, TN as a Tier 2 supplier to Nissan, GM, Toyota, and Honda.
Finally, the desire to get back into corporate manufacturing won over and she obtained the position at Calsonic Kansei as Director of manufacturing for Shelbyville Operations manufacturing Exhaust and Heating/Cooling components primarily as Tier 1 supplier to Nissan. She is responsible to operate the facilities utilizing metric management in areas of safety, quality, delivery and cost while maintaining compliance to environmental regulations as well as new model launch activities.
Kim’s hobbies include watching her three children play sports and horseback riding with her family in the hills of Cannon County.