New Additions to Galfab’s Manufacturing Organization

Winamac Indiana

In Winamac Indiana, Adam Collins has accepted the role of Plant Manager. With degrees in Tool and Die Making, Industrial Engineering and Organizational Leadership, Adam has been working in Manufacturing for over 26 years, at MPI and Alcoa. Most recently Adam has been the VP of Operations for Kruz in Knox. He serves on the NW Indiana Workforce Board and has been the Board Chair in the past. Adam has lived in Winamac for the past 25 years with his wife Jill, and their 3 kids Kyle, Claire, and Kate.  In his spare time he enjoys camping, hiking, and just being outdoors.

Houston Texas

In the recent weeks we have established a manufacturing unit in Houston, under the leadership of Keith Helms. In the past, Keith has driven trucks and wreckers, and is a former business owner. He has extensive experience of mounting dump bodies including for some of the largest dump body companies in the country. Most recently Keith trained in Winamac on Hoist Mounting and set up a mounting operation with one of our third party mounters, I am thrilled that Keith chose to join us. Keith lives in Corsiacana TX with his wife Margaret. Keith loves to hunt and fish and spend time with his 4 sons as much as possible, with his grandson Branch and do welding and other sorts of projects in his spare time. Keith says “I am honored to be an employee and a part of the Galfab family  and to run the Houston location the best of my ability”.

Galfab Employee-Owners For 25 Years Of Service

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.”

Galfab Team Spotlight: Chris Shaver.

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 Chris Shaver.
What is your current role, when did you start, and what were you doing before?:
My role at Galfab is Western Sales Manager, having moved up from being their CDL driver. Prior to Galfab, I was the lead foreman at OCM, a construction company in Buckeye, AZ.
 
Tell us about your family and where you live:
I live in Tolleson, AZ in a 1,400 sq. foot manufactured home on a ½ acre of land. My family consists of my mom, Shari and my dad, Troy, as well as my three little brothers and a little sister. My parents have been in this industry for a very long time and once owned their own welding and trash compactor company in Albuquerque NM- “Shaver’s Welding”. The company was inherited from my papa Bill-let’s just say I’m a third generation trash man.
 
What is your favorite thing about Galfab and your role?:
My favorite thing about Galfab is that we are our own little family. We are always looking out for one another and help as much as we can. We all respect each other as equals and that makes work worth coming to everyday. I also LOVE the potential we have here at Galfab. I believe we can become a very big and well-known company, because we are Building a Legacy! My favorite thing about my role is the special connection with our customers – the end users of our product. The joy in the customer’s voice and the smile on their face after we have met their needs makes my day. It has also opened a world of connections and friendships that I would not have had.
 
As a millennial, what is the most important element you bring to Galfab?:
The most important thing I contribute to Galfab is my work ethic. I always have my nose to the grindstone and ear to the pavement to find any leads that will help the company grow into what I know it can be. I truly believe that if I can help make the company profitable, I will do whatever it takes to achieve it; even if it means going out and doing the work myself.
 
Because of your youth, do you see any unique challenges in the workforce?:
The biggest challenge I see is gaining the respect of my peers and employers and learning how to avoid being taken advantage of. Rest assured, I was always taught a firm hand shake and good eye contact will change all that. So far, it has helped reassure my bosses and my customers that I will take care of their needs and their expectations to the very best of my ability.
What do you want to be when you “grow up”?:
I would like to have my own successful business or maybe even be the CEO of Galfab, continuing the legacy placed upon this company. Jerry, give me some (or many) years, but I am coming. LOL
 
What super power do you wish you had?:
I wish I had the ability to help everyone in need, without breaking a sweat.
 
What do you do in your spare time?:
I like to hang out with family and friends, whether that be lounging on the couch, helping them with what they need, or going on crazy adventures. As of right now, a lot of my spare time is devoted to working on my house to make it “MY” house.
 
Do you volunteer in your community?:
I try to volunteer a lot during the Christmas season. I do a lot of the local motorcycle Toys for Tots rides to help needy children. Kids are our future and need all the help they can get to continue building America. There is nothing greater than to see their faces light up in smiles when they get gifts for Christmas.
 
Lightning Round- 5 questions with one word answers:
1. Favorite sport: Wrestling
2. Favorite professional sports team: Cowboys
3. Favorite food: Steak
4. Favorite TV show: Sons of Anarchy
5. Best movie of all time: Smokey and the Bandit

Galfab Team Spotlight: Mike Leon

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

 

Galfab Team Spotlight #2: James Franklin

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.

LIGHTNING ROUND:
• Favorite sport: Football
• Favorite team: Cardinals
• Favorite food: Smoked Brisket
• Favorite TV show: Last Man Standing
• Best movie of all time: Tombstone

Team Spotlight: Gavin Fulmer

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 Supports Pulaski County 4-H Livestock Buyer’s Group

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.

EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP PAYS DIVIDENDS IN RURAL, SAYS PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM

Galfab Announces New Chief Financial Officer

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.”

About Galfab

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