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.”
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Annual Salary Survey
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