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

 

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 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

Galfab Executive Spotlight: Ben Scheiner

Cal Franklin interviews

Galfab Vice-President of Manufacturing Ben Scheiner

Ben Scheiner serves as the Plant General Manager for Galfab in Winamac Indiana, home of the Galfab4W0A2500_WEB Roll-Off Hoist. He is a Manufacturing and Supply Chain leader with over 20 years of experience helping people and organizations achieve their maximum potential. He has worked as an Operational Consultant and Coach in Semiconductors, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Electronic Assembly. He has been the Plant Manager of the leading factory in its field in the world and Head of Operations for DeLaval’s Chemical Division. Ben holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. He is a Chartered Engineer via the IET in the UK and a Chartered Fellow of CMI in the UK, he is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS, the Association for Operations Management in the US. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In his spare time he studies Spanish and volunteers in Spanish. Ben is the Pulaski County representative on the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board.

Franklin:   The accent is the first thing people notice about you. Tell us what brought you to the United States.

Scheiner:  A few years ago I was given the opportunity to relocate to Washington State to work as a Plant Manager for a factory making milking equipment. I have been a manufacturing professional for most of my career and the opportunity to manage a plant was too good an opportunity to pass up. I lived in the Pacific Northwest for 4 years and have been in the Midwest for the last 3.

Franklin:   How did you come to Galfab and how has that experience been for you?

Scheiner:  I was recruited to help turn the Galfab facility into a modern world-class manufacturing unit. Once again – an opportunity too good to pass up. Change is always hard and the change process in Winamac is no exception but we have a superb team, both back office and in the shop. 2015 has been a great year and the team delivered amazing results. From a companywide perspective, Galfab has grown both organically and through acquisition in the short time I have been a part of it – I think this is a great time to be a part of this company.

Franklin:   I read somewhere about your thoughts on the concepts of trust as it relates to the business product. Can you explain what you meant?

Scheiner:  I look at this from 2 key aspects. One aspect is from our customers’ perspective. They trust us to deliver a high quality product every time – improving that quality while delivering the growth we enjoyed in 2015 is a key focus of mine. The other aspect is in the relationship in the team – if I (we) can create an environment of trust where everyone pulls in the same direction, the team can achieve amazing results and ultimately the team wins.
Franklin:   I understand you’re married to a practicing Psychotherapist? Tell us about your family.

Scheiner:  I have been married to Tamara for 15 years, she is a South African from Cape Town. We have 9 year old twins – a boy and a girl – Gil and Noa, they were born in the UK but, unlike me, they have American accents. 9 is a great age where kids have a lot of cool and intelligent stuff to say. I think that being married to a Psychotherapist gives me a unique insight into what makes people tick and how to motivate via passion, compassion and understanding. As an engineer, I often see things in black and white, Tamara helps me to achieve a more complex and textured perspective.

Franklin:   You once told me that building the best quality product is the goal you want to achieve. Can you explain?

Scheiner:  The Galfab roll-off hoist has always been renowned as a quality product with innovative features. In 2015 we successfully met the challenge of maintaining and improving that quality while experiencing rapid growth. We do this via a combination of fixtures, checklists and testing. Every hoist goes through an engineering review before production starts and is tacked in a fixture to ensure consistent quality. Checklists are used throughout the process and we do a full functional test with a loaded container for every hoist. Once it is ready to go, the hoist goes through a multipoint final inspection by a dedicated team. However like you, I am a fan of the late, great Bear Bryant – who wanted “committed not contented” players – what we have achieved this year is merely the starting point for our next level of improvements.
Franklin:   You are the Pulaski County representative on the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board. Tell us about your work with the Board.

Scheiner:  The Board provides oversight and vision to all aspects for developing a workforce that is ready for future challenges. My involvement enables me to have a direct influence on that. Some of the reasons I enjoy working in Indiana include the importance placed on manufacturing and the innovative programs in place to connect the right people with the jobs we have. I really like being a part of that and being able to impact what the future workforce will look like. Being part of the Board has also enabled me to meet interesting and passionate people who I would not otherwise have met.