Galfab recently recognized four employee-owners for 25 years of dedicated service. Each employee was congratulated by Galfab CEO Jerry Samson and presented with a personalized commemorative wall plaque and Don Galbreath bobblehead. (L-R: Steven Decker, James Brown Jr., Jeff Hadley, and Matthew Kovacs). Galfab Vice President of Manufacturing Ben Scheiner observed, “We are honored to acknowledge these individuals for their contributions, each for over a quarter-century to fulfill Galfab’s mission of “Building on a Legacy.”
The Galfab team represents a variety of skilled professionals with decades of experience in the waste industry. From the Production floor to the Engineering, Sales and Management departments, Galfab’s blend of seasoned experts work with a cadre of eager up-and-comers that provide a fresh outlook, new ideas and a ”millennial” spirit. This is the third of several profiles featuring members of the Galfab workforce. This week, the spotlight is on Mike Leon.
What is your current role, when did you start, and what were you doing before?: Shipping/Receiving Supervisor since September 2018. My prior role was Shipping/Receiving Lead. Prior to that I was Inventory/Customer Service supervisor at an HVAC Distribution Center.
Tell us about your family and where you live: I’m married with four daughters- ages 3, 2 and twin baby girls. I live in Knox, but was born and raised in Chicago.
What is your favorite thing about Galfab and your role: My favorite thing about Galfab is the daily challenge. Whether it’s personnel challenges, routine business challenges, continuous improvement challenges or brand new business challenges…there is rarely a cookie-cutter day!
As a millennial, what is the most important element you bring to Galfab: Good, old fashioned hard work ethic.
Because of your youth, do you see any unique challenges in the workforce?: I’ve been told I look young. Sometimes I feel like I have to do a little more to prove myself to people that don’t yet know me. It can be frustrating at times, but I appreciate the motivation.
What do you want to be when you “grow up”?: Happy.
What super power do you wish you had?: I don’t wish for such powers.
What do you do in your spare time?: A lot of diaper changing.
Do you volunteer in your community?: A little political volunteer work during the 2016 election.
Lightning Round- 5 questions with one word answers:
1. Favorite sport: Baseball
2. Favorite professional sports team: Bears
3. Favorite food: Steak
4. Favorite TV show: The Profit
5. Best movie of all time: Gladiator
The Galfab team represents a variety of skilled professionals with decades of experience in the waste industry. From the Production floor to the Engineering, Sales and Management departments, Galfab’s blend of seasoned experts work with a cadre of eager up-and-comers that provide a fresh outlook, new ideas and a ”millennial” spirit. This week, the spotlight is on James Franklin…
•What is your current role, when did you start it, and what were you doing before?:
My current role is Supervisor of New Machine and Repairs. I am responsible for overseeing compactor and baler builds, as well as coordinating any repairs requested by the customer. Our team’s flexibility also allows for backing up the weld-out area in order to handle any customer add-ons or last minute modifications after container completion. I have nearly 9 (nine) years of industry experience and admit the time has moved quickly since starting in 2010.
•Where do you live?:
Tell us about your family: I currently live in Phoenix, AZ. I have three daughters (2, 10 and 16 years old) that take up most of my time outside of work. My family of five enjoys special moments that typically include our pets (two dogs and one cat).
•What is your favorite thing about working at Galfab and your specific role?:
One of my favorite things about Galfab is being “Certified Employee-Owned”. The overall sense of pride of ownership allows us to care more about the customer and help ensure continued success and wealth for working individuals. From a departmental standpoint, I take pride in being able to ensure a high quality product while maintaining the flexibility of customer demands.
•As a millennial, what is the most important thing you can bring to Galfab?:
I have been fortunate to have learned our products from start to finish, which allows me to ensure industry and company standards are met or exceeded. This attention to detail, along with my focus on accountability, allows me to mentor and grow from peers and co-workers alike.
•Do you experience any unique challenges in the workforce based on your youth?:
I don’t see any unique challenge- more so, opportunities to better myself and the company. I stay ahead with technology and best practices in order to stay ahead of any obstacles.
•What do you want to be when you “grow up”?:
My belief, is that we should continue to grow on a daily basis. That may mean a willingness to work with product specifications, or assist with a difficult or new product design. I enjoy my role and look forward to enhancing my supervisor skills in the coming years.
• What super power do you wish you had?:
Definitely flying! I would like to avoid the traffic that is typical with our daily commute!
• What do you do in your spare time?:
I enjoy family time, especially the time spent with my soon to be two-year-old daughter, Trinity. These years are especially critical and I enjoy every minute of it.
• Do you volunteer anywhere?:
I am currently not an active volunteer, but continue to search for opportunities within my community.
• Favorite sport: Football
• Favorite team: Cardinals
• Favorite food: Smoked Brisket
• Favorite TV show: Last Man Standing
• Best movie of all time: Tombstone
The Galfab team represents a variety of skilled professionals with decades of experience in the waste industry. From the Production floor to the Engineering, Sales and Management departments, Galfab’s blend of seasoned experts work with a cadre of eager up-and-comers that provide a fresh outlook, new ideas and a ”millennial” spirit. This is the first of several profiles featuring members of the Galfab workforce. This week, the spotlight is on Gavin Fulmer.
Galfab recently donated $500 to a buyers group for the annual 4-H Livestock Auction during the 2018 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair at the Winamac fairgrounds. Each year, buyer support groups, consisting of local individuals and businesses, pool their resources to purchase 4-H auction animals. John Wheeler Sr., a Galfab employee-owner with over 50 years of active 4-H participation and leadership service, initiated the donation effort.
Wheeler stated the 4-H Buyer’s Group “provides a win/win opportunity that benefits 4-H members as well as the local community. Grand Champion livestock always has its own strong support, but the group’s cooperative effort purchases auction animals that might not otherwise have buyers, raises the per head average price, and the processed meat is donated to Pulaski County’s food pantry, feeding local families most in need.”
Wheeler added, “4-H has been an anchor for so many local kids and is such a worthwhile program in our community. It teaches practical skills and values to our young people, including responsibility, teamwork, commitment and goal-setting. I started in 4-H at age ten. My children, my grandchildren, and the kids I worked with as a volunteer, have all learned, grown and achieved success as a result of their involvement in Pulaski County’s 4-H programs. I’m also very proud to work for an employee-owned company, which means everyone who works here at Galfab contributed to support our local 4-H’ers.”John Wheeler (Outside Forklift Operator) presents Ben Scheiner (VP Manufacturing) with a certificate of appreciation recognizing Galfab’s contribution to the 2018 Pulaski County 4-H Buyer’s Group Livestock Auction.
Star Mountain Capital CEO Brett Hickey sits down with Jerry Samson, CEO of Galfab LLC, a 150 employee business in the waste management industry. Check out the video here.
January 3, 2018/WINAMAC, IN
Galfab, a premier manufacturing company with locations in Indiana and Arizona, recently announced the appointment of Ian Nilson as Chief Financial Officer. Galfab CEO Jerry Samson stated, “It is my pleasure to welcome Ian as Galfab’s CFO. Ian brings over 20 years of professional financial experience. He has been involved in manufacturing his entire career and understands our environment.”
Nilson most recently served as Vice President and CFO for Destaco, a global workholding equipment and automated tooling solution company based in Auburn Hills, MI. Prior to that, Nilson spent over ten years with Tyco Flow Control of Houston, TX in a variety of leadership positions. Nilson holds a B.S. in Business from Purdue University, has earned several awards for professional excellence, and served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Ian and his family currently reside in the Chicago area.
Nilson remarked, “I am looking forward to joining Galfab’s executive team. I feel my solid combination of skills and experience will compliment and support the legacy of a true industry innovator.”
Samson added, “The recent move to an employee-owned company, and the addition of Ian as CFO strengthens our leadership and helps position Galfab’s future growth and success.”
Galfab, based in Winamac, Indiana and Phoenix, Arizona, is a leading manufacturer of cable roll-off hoists, single axle hook hoists, open top roll-off containers, packer receiver containers, front and rear load containers, self-contained compactors, self-dumping hoppers, and various other products for transportation in the garbage and scrap industry. For additional information, please visit www.galfab.com