Let me introduce you to some winning people, and some amazing products.
If you followed Charlie Sheen’s recent clashes with the media, you’d know that “winning” has taken on a whole new meaning. To him, winning is an addiction. To others, it’s part of a larger goal. To me, it’s a driving force behind what I do daily. There are several others out there who agree:
Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything. —Vince Lombardi
Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. —John Wooden
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. —Aristotle
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. —Marcus Tullius Cicero
Winning is everything, to win is all there is. Only those poor souls buried beneath the battlefield understand this. —SEAL Team Saying
You only need to browse the pages of the May issue to feel excited about the winning future of our industry. We have two groups of winners we’d like to introduce you to this month.
First, we introduce you to the 2011 40 Under 40 winners, profiled by writer Bettina Chang. These individuals have found ways to propel their firms to success by starting new offices, bringing in new clients, improving products and services, and expanding the scope of the business during a period of economic uncertainty. They have climbed through the ranks at firms throughout North America and have succeeded as leaders at every level. They’re leaders in their community, and give back via charitable organizations. They’re the mentors of the next generation, and parents of the next generation. So watch out; they are poised to become high-profile innovators of tomorrow.
The second group is the 2011 Product of the Year Finalists. In this case we let you, the reader, select the winners. We’ve assembled products in 10 categories. These technologies were introduced or brought to market last year, and represent products that can make your job easier, make buildings more efficient or smart, or propel the industry to the next level. Based on your votes, we’ll select gold, silver, and bronze winners in each category and highlight them in the September issue. We invite you to vote for your favorite in each category.
So, in the eternal—even oddly wise—words of Charlie Sheen, “Boom, crush. Night, losers. Winning, duh.”
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.