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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2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.