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James P. Brophy Biography

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SOUTH-TEC 2011 Exposition

James Brophy currently manages a global machine supply plant for Caterpillar. The Sanford, NC, plant is home to the Skid Steer, Compact and Multi-terrain loaders as part of Caterpillar's growing Compact Construction Equipment business.

In this position, Brophy leads Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality, Facility Engineering, and the Paint facility.

Brophy has been at Caterpillar for over 38 years enjoying assignments in Operations, Supply Chain, Marketing/Sales, Product and General Management both in North America and Europe. These assignments were in the Machine, Engine, Parts and Agricultural segments of Caterpillar's business portfolio.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois – Springfield and the University of Illinois – Champaign for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of business administration. Brophy's lean experience has been ongoing in both the Engine division and in various roles within the Building Construction Products Division within the Operations and Supply Chain groups both before and after the introduction of the Caterpillar Production System.

Brophy has participated in and supported both United Way and Easter Seals for many years, most recently engaging with United Way as part of an Educational Grant Program sponsored by the Gates Foundation. He continues to work in support of the local educational supply chain at the high school and junior college level to provide students with quality vocational education.