At ELLWOOD, career mobility doesn't just go upward. See how real members of our family advanced within and across our companies to propel their professional lives forward.
Recently out of college with a Math degree, starting in Quality gave me a clear pathway to learning the business, interacting daily with people across ELLWOOD, as well as vendors and customers.
I was provided the opportunity to work part-time while raising two small children. It was a win-win as I was able to stay engaged professionally and support the company while balancing work with life at home.
When I returned to work full-time, I was engaged in a project to upgrade the ERP system, which led to an opportunity to grow into a leadership position in Production Planning.
As General Manager, I brought together everything I learned in my 21 years with the company. At ELLWOOD, I've had the freedom to create my own career path. With each new opportunity, I learned more about our integrated business and worked with amazing people.
In my experience at ELLWOOD, if I've seen a need and have been willing to try and tackle it, I've been given the opportunity to get involved. It's an entrepreneurial mindset that enables those of us who are interested in various aspects of business to really dig in. I've been able to color outside the lines and still use my technical skill sets in a unique way.
I'm honored to have come full circle and be in a position to help influence and mentor our next generation of leaders; to pay it forward by providing others with the same opportunities and encouragement to create their own path towards a successful and rewarding career.
When I first started, I struggled for a week with the noise, the heat, and the repetitive tasks. Even my brother thought that I would not last long. But I stuck it out, learned the trade, and slowly moved my way up to become a hammer operator.
I love working with my hands, and in maintenance, we are always doing something different, so it never gets boring. Since I knew how the hammers functioned from my experience as an operator, it made it easier for me to repair them.
The first day being a Group Leader was a little scary, since now I had a small crew that reported to me and I was responsible for them! Teaching them what I knew and leading by example was not always easy. But I was used to doing the tasks, and now I got to show them how. It was a great experience.
Attending the meetings and being able to understand the priorities for the day and being able to schedule the crew around those priorities give me a sense of accomplishment, a sense that the Maintenance Department really does make a difference in the day-to-day operation of our company.
I started my career with ELLWOOD right out of high school with an entry level position. At that time, I was just grateful to get an opportunity to work for a great company.
Within the first few years of my career, I was able to learn, grow, and advance to new positions. I was responsible for running lathes, mills, grinders, saws, and CNC equipment. My goal at the time was to produce the best quality parts with the fastest turnaround time.
In this role, I was able to work with employees to improve safety, quality, and delivery for my department. I was able to utilize my knowledge to help other employees grow and needed to hold them accountable for their performance and actions.
Working in sales helped me grow in my career to understand the business side of things. I was able to work with a great sales team. The best part of the job was working with customers and providing them with great service and quality products, on time!
With my 18 years of experience in operations and sales, I've been able to help grow operations at multiple locations for my group. ELLWOOD is a great company that likes to promote from within and gave me an opportunity to grow and pick my own career path.