Operations and Planning manager
Damian Essel has served as operations and planning manager for Intervala since the company’s inception in January 2016. He is responsible for all aspects of the manufacturing function, including production, scheduling, budgeting, capacity planning, supervision, and compliance with environmental requirements. Damian has more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience in the manufacturing arena.
Prior to joining Intervala, Damian was operations and planning manager for Ducommun LaBarge Technologies, Inc., and its predecessor LaBarge, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pa. In this role he directed the manufacturing function of the $100 million business, which was a vertically integrated contract manufacturer of circuit card assemblies, electronic and electromechanical assemblies, and mechanical and machined products. During his seven years with the organization, he also worked as the production manager and a program manager.
Earlier, Damian served as manufacturing supervisor, master scheduler, and inventory control specialist for Pinnacle Electronics LLC, which was acquired by LaBarge in February 2004. He joined Pinnacle in 2001 after 11 years with its predecessor Contraves, Inc., where he was employed as a wireman.
Damian holds a bachelor’s degree in professional studies from Duquesne University.