2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Seth Wallander, 32
Plant Engineer, Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis.
Seth Wallander, 32
Plant Engineer; Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis.
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
In 2007, Wallander graduated from UW-Madison, BSME, with high honors and participated on a Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile team. He then became an associate engineer with Sargento Foods and led portions of the integration of new sauce technologies into the company. In 2010, he became a project engineer and led projects to install vision inspection systems on packaging lines. Wallander became a plant engineer in 2012 and leads successful plant level integration of a companywide "Maintenance Excellence" project that transforms how maintenance is executed at Sargento. He is a founding member of continuous improvements teams at the Kiel facility. Wallander is currently pursuing his Master's Degree at UW-Plateville in Engineering Management. Outside of work, Wallander has a passion for aviation. He earned his private pilot's certificate and flies as often as he can. He is also a PADI-Certified open water scuba diver and recently ran a half marathon.
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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