2012 Leader Under 40: Zach Wilsterman, 39
President/Owner, Profiles Tool and Engineering, Tempe, Ariz.
Zach Wilsterman, 39
“Zach is the epitome of what is needed in our industry and our country,” said Dante Fierros, president of the Arizona chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association. “Zach is proactive, bright, motivated, talented, energetic, strategic, and a proven producer. Zach exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit needed to rekindle manufacturing in our country. His company has steadily grown by adding a world-class ERP system and hiring quality personnel.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“I am an engineer. I have a passion for figuring out new ways to create. I started with design and then manual machining. Someone introduced me to CNC machining. After my normal engineering workday, I found mentors to teach machining. From there I started my business in addition to my engineering career. I found I had a talent for this industry and grew Profiles Tool & Engineering Inc. as my full-time passion. From 2000 until now, I have grown too and weathered the economy successfully. I have a passion to grow even more in my industry!”
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.