Q: When did you start working for Viracon?
A: I started at Viracon in 1984 when I was 16, working part-time in the insulated packing area on second shift. This is when all of Viracon was still under one roof.
Q: Tell us about your education, positions and any promotions/progression through the company.
A: In 1985 I started working maintenance part time after school and during summers. I continued working maintenance while I went to school for engineering. The year prior to graduation, I did my internship with Viracon. When I completed my degree there was an opportunity to join the engineering group, so in 1991 I started as laminating process engineer. In 1998 it was decided Viracon was going to expand in a different location, which turned out to be Statesboro, GA. At that time I was given the opportunity to become a production manager over the laminating and security products. My wife and I relocated to Statesboro where we lived for 2 years. Around that time, I left the company for 7 years. During my time away I received my MBA from Iowa. In 2007, I had the opportunity to return to Viracon as a production manager. I was in the production manager roll for about 3 years when I was promoted to Director of Maintenance and Facilities. In this capacity I’m responsible for 5 buildings and over 1,000,000 square feet of facilities and the maintenance upkeep of 24 production lines. Over the years Viracon has been very good to me and the opportunities to advance were there.
Q: Tell us about the Owatonna community or southern MN area.
A: Owatonna is a great community and a great place to raise kids. I have three children and on any given day, one or more of them are involved in some type of activity. There is plenty to do in Owatonna and the surrounding areas and the location is great being so close to Mankato, Rochester and the Twin Cities.
Q: What do you like the best about working at Viracon?
A: I think there are several reasons why I like working at Viracon. There are never two days in a row that are the same and there are always challenges, which add to the excitement. Another reason I like working at Viracon is the team environment. I’m convinced everyone is working for the common goal and will do whatever it is to meet that goal. The fact that, in all major cities throughout the world, you will find our glass is something to be proud of. Being part of the Viracon team has also given me the opportunity to visit with customers all over the world.
Q: What advice would you give someone interested in working at Viracon?
A: My advice to anyone interested in working at Viracon would be, if you are willing to come in and work hard the sky is the limit. If you look at the management team today, you will find many with similar stories as mine, where they started working on the floor and were given opportunities to advance along the way.