John Ikhaml is a seasoned expert in manufacturing operations, currently serving as the Senior Production Manager at Protolabs Inc. since 2017. In this role, John has developed and implemented strategic plans and policies that have significantly improved team efficiency and safety. His introduction of daily updates and innovative efficiency strategies has greatly enhanced workplace productivity and innovation.

Before his tenure at Protolabs, John was a key figure at The Bergquist Company/Henkel Corporation in Cannon Falls, MN, where he managed 40 operators as a Manufacturing Shift Manager from 2012 to 2017.

His efforts effectively balanced production demands with stringent safety standards. Additionally, John held the position of Production Coordinator at Boston Scientific in Arden Hills, MN, where he earned a “Lean Leader” certification for his outstanding contributions to streamlining operations.

John’s career trajectory began as a Production Supervisor at Cargill/Gerdau Ameristeel in St. Paul, MN. Here, he supervised 47 union employees and led initiatives significantly improving customer satisfaction, efficiency, and cost reduction.

Starting with an Engineering Internship at Sheldahl Inc. in Northfield, MN, John worked on cost-cutting and process-improving design projects. He holds a degree in Automotive Engineering Technology with a minor in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. John has improved manufacturing efficiency and sustainability because he is known for enhancing processes and continuously innovating.

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