2013 Leader Under 40: Justin Percio, 39
Business Manager of Welding Automation Systems, The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Justin Percio, 39
Business Manager of Welding Automation Systems
The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Years at the Lincoln Electric Company: 16
BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University
“Justin’s experience in product development, manufacturing, and supply management has allowed Lincoln Electric’s automation group to deliver record results in sales and operations,” said Chris Bailey, director of automation. “Throughout his tenure, Justin has developed processes to increase overall efficiencies in labor effectiveness, reductions in product development, and integration as an overall improvement in quality and customer satisfaction. I consider Justin a leader because of his dedication to tasks and the organization.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“I chose a career in manufacturing because I enjoy creating, building, and designing. There are only a few employment sectors that touch all careers like manufacturing, so it was definitely a place to grow. Throughout the course of my career, I held positions in design engineering, production supervision, and supply management. Now, I’m the business manager for Lincoln Electric’s automation group. Manufacturing is the cornerstone for future growth in the United States, and I’m proud to be part of creating solutions for improving facilities’ operations.”
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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