Paula DeLuca is a FloridaMakes Business Advisor based at the First Coast Manufacturers Association in Jacksonville. Paula has worked in manufacturing for more than 30 years, and has extensive experience in the aerospace, security & defense, electronics, automotive and medical device industries.
Paula’s areas of expertise include materials and inventory management, logistics management, Lean manufacturing/Kanban/ISO, Toyota Daily Kata process, ERP implementation, supply chain management, MRP product planning & scheduling, material flow, new product development and customer support management. She has additional experience in small business government reporting, quality audits conducted by suppliers for major OEMs, managing direct reports, and training for manufacturing employees.
Paula most recently served as the Senior Materials Manager at Kaman Integrated Structures & Metallics, where she oversaw the Materials/Production Control/Logistics in three plant locations for detail manufacturing of aerospace extrusion, sheet metal, and machined parts, as well as assembly of commercial large aircraft structures and military helicopter cockpits.
She has both served as an independent consultant and worked for a wide variety of manufacturing companies across the country, including: B/E Aerospace, Triumph Actuation Systems, L-3 Communications, Eaton Corporation, Environmental Technologies/Johnson Controls, E-L Products, and Ohmeda.
Paula holds a bachelor’s of science in business management and her master’s of science in management from Hodges University/International College in Naples, Fl. She has been a member of the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) since 1984, served on the board of directors, and is a Past-President of the Buffalo chapter.