2013 Leader Under 40: Scott Bungo, 31
Manufacturing Superintendent, Victaulic, Easton, Pa.
Scott Bungo, 31
Victaulic, Easton, Pa.
Years at Victaulic: 9
AAS Tool Making Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology; BS Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology
“Scott is a dedicated manufacturing professional who has rapidly advanced at Victaulic due to his drive, passion for learning, and excellent communication skills,” said Christopher Misiak, director of manufacturing. “In fewer than 10 years, Scott has risen from the Victaulic Rotational Engineering Program out of college, to the Forks facility manufacturing superintendent. Scott’s ability to effectively cross-pollinate ideas among departments, navigate conversations among peers of all ages, and execute plant improvement projects to keep Victaulic facilities globally competitive has led to productivity gains and increases in manufacturing output. With Scott’s support, Victaulic has significantly improved plant safety, decreasing its incident rate by 20% to 30% year-over-year since 2005.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“My fascination with innovation and process improvement began prior to my manufacturing career at Victaulic. As the son of a manufacturer who owned a tire business, my interest in addressing challenges with creative ingenuity began early. As a young adult I discovered ways to help make processes better within my family business. Those skills, along with my formal education, have served both Victaulic and me well. Today, I employ process improvements to help Victaulic succeed as one of the safest manufacturers in the industry, maximize productivity through lean manufacturing, and deliver quality products to our customers with unrivaled lead times.”
Annual Salary Survey
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.