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2018 Engineering Leader Under 40: Thomas J. Swistro Jr., 34

Industrial Engineering Manager/CI, Albea Metals America Inc., Watertown, CT, United States

By McKenzie Burns, Production Coordinator September 13, 2018

Thomas J. Swistro Jr., Albea Metals America Inc.Thomas J. Swistro Jr., 34
Industrial Engineering Manager/CI
Albea Metals America Inc., Watertown, CT, United States
MBA, University of Hartford

TJ has over 10 years of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering experience and has used those skills to spearheaded a number of projects for AMA including the robotic loading of aluminum lipstick caps on to anodizing racks, the automation of silk screened aluminum jar covers, and repurposing a robot to auto load plastic jars into a silk-screening machine. In addition to the success of these projects TJ has also undertaken the role of Maintenance Manager for Albea Metals America’s three facilities. With that responsibility, he is currently focused on several new projects that will further help improve AMA’s overall productivity. The largest of which is the refurbishment of a 22-year-old anodizing line. This major project will require new mechanical, electrical, and software infrastructure improvements, on a running production line which cannot be shut down for any extended periods of time. TJ is contributing at a very high level as part of the anodizing refurbishment team. His main area of expertise is in welding.

Fun Fact: TJ is an avid off-road motorcycle racer.