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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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey