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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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.