2012 Leader Under 40: John Zmuda, 37
Production Manager, Moseys’ Production Machinists, Anaheim, Calif.
John Zmuda, 37
“John came to us 12 years ago as a machine operator,” said Bob Mosey, president of Moseys’ Production Machinists. “He has worked his way up to production manager where he supervises over 25 people and is responsible for all production related issues. Recently, he was the team leader for the acquisition and implementation of a new $1 million automated system. The future of our company and the future of our manufacturing industry are dependent on people like John. Without him and others like him, we will lose even more work to low-cost regions. Instead, work is coming back to this country as people like John make us more competitive.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“I chose a career in manufacturing to be a part of the development and implementation of leading-edge technology. I relish the moments when I can stand back and watch employees confidently use equipment they would have never thought themselves capable of mastering. It’s rewarding developing methods and processes, using cutting-edge technology, that increase throughput while reducing cost and retaining manpower.”
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.