2012 Leader Under 40: John Zmuda, 37
Production Manager, Moseys’ Production Machinists, Anaheim, Calif.
John Zmuda, 37
“John came to us 12 years ago as a machine operator,” said Bob Mosey, president of Moseys’ Production Machinists. “He has worked his way up to production manager where he supervises over 25 people and is responsible for all production related issues. Recently, he was the team leader for the acquisition and implementation of a new $1 million automated system. The future of our company and the future of our manufacturing industry are dependent on people like John. Without him and others like him, we will lose even more work to low-cost regions. Instead, work is coming back to this country as people like John make us more competitive.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“I chose a career in manufacturing to be a part of the development and implementation of leading-edge technology. I relish the moments when I can stand back and watch employees confidently use equipment they would have never thought themselves capable of mastering. It’s rewarding developing methods and processes, using cutting-edge technology, that increase throughput while reducing cost and retaining manpower.”
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.