2013 Leader Under 40: Carl Nothnagel, 32
Director of Operations, MBX Systems, Libertyville, Ill.
Carl Nothnagel, 32
Director of Operations
MBX Systems, Libertyville, Ill.
Years at MBX Systems: 12
“I have had the pleasure of working with Carl for the past 10 years as he worked his way up through MBX from a warehouse associate to his current position as director of operations,” said Jill Bellak, president and chief operating officer. “During his tenure, Carl has fearlessly spearheaded many initiatives and has positively impacted nearly every department. Most notably, Carl led a team that designed and built a ‘supercell’ in manufacturing that allows technicians to configure 40 systems with a single keystroke. Carl is a strong leader, a compassionate mentor, and an inspiration throughout the entire MBX team.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“Positively impacting the lives of others is my passion. When I was younger, I struggled to find out how to do this within my talent umbrella. I was able to learn more career choices and work in many different fields. Throughout all of that, the piece that has always sparked more passion is being able to make a positive influence on people or a process. In manufacturing, I have the ability to do both. I love that what we build is affecting not only the people building it, but also the customers and ultimate end users of the product.”
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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