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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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