2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Peter Saladis
Peter Saladis, 38
The Raymond Corp.
Education: MBA, Long Island University
Peter Saladis joined the Raymond Corporation with an advanced educational background but little manufacturing experience. He began as a manager of a portion of Raymond’s largest assembly line. Pete received training in-house and his hard efforts paid off very quickly. Soon he was creating excellent standardized work, training his staff, and utilizing weak point management and change point management techniques. These tools helped reduce defects and warranty claims paid by 75%, while volume increased 50%. Pete was then promoted to manager of the entire line, which includes 90 workers, three supervisors, and nine team leaders. His use of the tools and his ability to apply them is a model used throughout the entire site and enterprise.
Pete works very hard on his peer relationships and shares openly any information that can benefit his team’s performance. He is assertive, professional, and leads by example. He participates in events outside of work that benefit the community. For example, last year he did a polar bear plunge in a frozen lake to help raise money for children with severe and terminal illnesses.
Why choose this career path?
Pete believes in American manufacturing and in our local workforce. He believes leadership and management can make us competitive with anyone. He takes pride in helping people grow, mature, and develop into productive, respected team members. Pete believes the Raymond Corporation focuses on customer fulfillment, with a focus on quality where people are the most important asset. Pete and his team readily accept any challenge.