July 9, 2019
Posted By Jason Patton
ZF Chassis Systems Tuscaloosa, LLC
Brad Newman has served as plant manager, ZF Chassis Systems Tuscaloosa, LLC since 2012. In this role, he oversees the Just in Time (JIT), Just in Sequence (JIS) supply of complete chassis modules to two Mercedes-Benz U.S. assembly plants in nearby Vance, Alabama. In 2019, his plant received the prestigious recognition of Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Business Counsel of Alabama (BCA) for the state of Alabama – Large Manufacturer Category as well as runner-up for Automotive Supplier of the Year (Alabama Automotive Manufacturing Association). Prior to ZF, he held plant manager roles at various suppliers and began his career at General Motors as a manufacturing engineer.
Brad is a member of the West Alabama Regional Workforce Counsel, West Alabama Works Executive Steering Committee, Board Member and Vice-Chair for Education and Workforce Development for The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Board Member of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as appointed by the Governor. He is a German Business Counsel Founding Member and member of the Alabama Germany Partnership.
Beyond his leadership role in the automotive industry and West Alabama, Brad has a passion for improving the lives of others. He is actively engaged in developing young leaders, co-leads a statewide effort to improve the process for prisoner re-entry, volunteers his time through prison ministry, and leads The OnTrack Process for juvenile delinquents and underserved youth.
Brad has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama. Together with his wife Hollie, Brad has two children and two grandchildren.