2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Chris DiNeno, 24
Director of Enterprise Operations, Polamer Precision, New Britain, Conn.
Chris DiNeno, 24
Director of Enterprise Operations; Polamer Precision, New Britain, Conn.
Within the first year of his employment, DiNeno worked tirelessly to build out the necessary internal network infrastructure to support Plex, a cloud-based ERP system. He put in 100-hour weeks to ensure Polamer Precision could achieve the most effective and efficient workflow from receiving to shipping and everything between. Upon completion, DiNeno successfully led the integration of Polamer's entire plant floor with ERP. Through a Web-service integration, DiNeno drove efforts to develop an automated RFID-triggered transaction, which eliminated risk of human error and provided more accurate insight into the cost of work. In 2015, Polamer moved from a 33,000-square-foot facility to a 152,000-square-foot facility and announced a partnership with Pratt & Whitney. This growth would not have been possible without the ERP foundation that DiNeno established 2 years prior. In his spare time, DiNeno works with a number of e-commerce businesses and enjoys being a serial entrepreneur. When DiNeno was 12, he created his own gaming website that sold ads to marketers. He is based in New Britain, Conn.
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Annual Salary Survey
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.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey