2013 Leader Under 40: Matthew Albright
Product Manager of Welding Equipment, Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, Ohio.
Matthew Albright, 31
Product Manager of Welding Equipment
The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Years at the Lincoln Electric Company: 7
AAS Welding Technology, Ferris State University; BS Welding Engineering Technology, Ferris State University
“Matt is an incredibly hardworking, dedicated, and intelligent employee,” said Lisa Byall, portfolio manager of capital equipment. “His training as a welder gives him a real, hands-on understanding of our products and how they are used, which allows him to help with the development of products that will make a true impact for Lincoln Electric customers. He goes above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis to develop solutions that will improve the functioning of our customers’ facilities and give them the best results for their needs. He has a real desire to constantly improve, and we are lucky to have him on staff.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“The desire to obtain specific industry skills led me to pursue a comprehensive understanding of welding techniques. After gaining a hands-on understanding of welding, I decided to focus on the engineering and application of welding processes. I wanted to make a difference in manufacturing plants by helping implement practical solutions, alleviating common misconceptions, and transforming operations. My hands-on experience and engineering background, combined with the opportunity Lincoln Electric has given me to interact with the welding industry on a global level, has positioned me uniquely in accomplishing this goal.”
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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.