2012 Leader Under 40: Scott Burns, 31
Engineering Team Leader, Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa
Scott Burns, 31
“Scott currently serves as an engineering team leader at Pella,” said Michael Kugel, engineering manager at Pella Corp. “In this role, he leads a team of engineers responsible for product development and maintenance of Pella’s highest volume product line. Among his recent accomplishments, Scott led a new window introduction, executing the project in record time with a high degree of success. In the prior year, Scott successfully led an introduction of a premium vinyl sliding door. He is a strong technical leader, recognized as one of Pella’s best in terms of technical judgment, business sense, and speed of delivery.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“Growing up, I always enjoyed taking things apart to determine how they worked. During my first factory tour at age 16, I was amazed by the seamless orchestration of people, material, and products. I was fortunate enough to earn a co-op experience at Pella Corp. when I was 19 years old, where I worked in the Continuous Improvement office. Every day I work to improve processes, quality, ergonomics, and throughput. Driving efficiencies using creativity over capital was the most exciting challenge for me when I was 19, and still is today.”
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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