John Wathen, P.Eng

Vice President Manufacturing
& Operations

John holds an Industrial Engineering degree as well as a degree in Business Finance; he leads Reliaguard’s manufacturing and operations. 

John started his career with Atlas-Alchem Plastics working in manufacturing and quality.  Then with Spartech Plastics he migrated to the business side where he managed the sales and customer service teams.  As the Operations Manager, John then oversaw 3 manufacturing locations with strong Lean Six Sigma and 5-S processes, 250 employees and producing 90 million pounds of materials.  Later as the Business Manager for Spartech, John oversaw the Western Region business unit with P&L and overall business responsibility for the $100M group.  He also served on the Spartech Corporation Executive Team managing a $1.5B corporation.

Over the past 25 years John has helped navigate and grow businesses through economic down turns and competitive market environments.  John’s large company experience in general business, finance and operations, as well as his keen interest in seeing a start-up grow from the ground up; positions Reliaguard well for meeting the demand of a high volume operation.