2012 Leader Under 40: Michael Bambino, 38
Michael Bambino, 38
Production Manager, The Raymond Corp., Greene, N.Y.
Years at The Raymond Corp.: 5
Education: Associate degree (in progress), The State University of New York
“Michael has played a key role in several key projects at The Raymond Corp.,” said Jay Holt, senior operations manager at The Raymond Corp. “Recently, he assisted and led a project to transition a major welding operation from another plant to the Raymond plant in Greene, N.Y. Bambino mentors and trains other departments in methods to improve flow while maintaining Raymond’s high-quality standards. Speaking to his ability to efficiently direct and provide continuous improvement, his team leads the Welding Department in efficiency practices, which has translated to the lowest defects (0.0009 defects per unit) and best on-time delivery (99.7%) at Raymond.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“My mom worked in the HR department at a manufacturing company in upstate New York, and I’ve always been intrigued by the industry and the ability to be a part of creating something. Eventually, I started working at a manufacturing plant in college. I found the work so rewarding, I decided to put my education on hold to concentrate on a career in manufacturing. Also, as a kid, I couldn’t get enough of taking apart toys and cars and rebuilding them. The idea of integrating this ability into a career played a big part in my decision to work in manufacturing.”