2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Greg Larson
Manufacturing Engineering Manager; Turck Inc.; Plymouth, Minn.
Greg Larson, 37
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Education: BS Manufacturing Engineering, St. Cloud State University
Through his 14 years of service at Turck, Greg Larson has displayed a consistency of purpose to a group that experiences a lot of day-to-day challenges in balancing both customer and company needs. He has been able to create a group that straddles and brings together both manufacturing development and production activities. Greg is an internal champion for making Turck more efficient through automating the company’s internal processes. His work on the the PLS Tablet Project and the Automated Labor Calculator has helped Turck eliminate unnecessary and/or redundant steps, saving money and increasing productivity.
Greg enjoys running, biking, and hiking, among other outdoor activities. In the past few years, he started competing in running events, including the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash. For Greg, these runs are about tackling a challenge head-on—whether it’s jumping over fire, crawling through mud, or clambering over barricades.
Why choose this career path?
“I first became interested in engineering while working for a corrugated box company that my dad worked at,” said Larson. “Working with the engineers, I saw that by doing some analysis and applying some basic science and math principles, you can make a significant impact on processes and efficiencies. I've always remembered that and do my best to always look for ways to make improvements. I’m lucky to have a strong, supportive, and skilled team at Turck who I can trust and work with to implement changes and improve processes for our internal and external customers.”
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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.
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