2012 Leader Under 40: Florin Macarie, 39
Plant Engineer, Johnsonville Sausage, Momence, Ill.
Florin Macarie, 39
“Having an impassioned mind and heart, Florin is both intuitive and rational, which is a rare combination and makes him different,” said Patrick Garinger, plant coordinator at Johnsonville Sausage. “Extraordinary performance is always a necessity, which Florin delivers.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“A career in engineering/manufacturing gives me both skills and knowledge that are highly valued. The industry is ever-changing as new technologies, materials, processes, and techniques are developed. With more innovations on the horizon, I am so excited to have a career in this sector.”
Annual Salary Survey
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.