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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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.