Team 1 Plastics, a plastic injection molding company for the transportation industry, believes that “Building an exceptional company is the result of building exceptional teams with exceptional people.” Team 1 has been and continues to be a successful company because of exceptional people – its Team Members. Today continues a series of articles profiling Team 1 Plastics’ Team Members. Each month, you’ll be introduced to one of these exceptional Team Members, including Harry Martin
Name: Harry Martin
Position: Engineering Tech II
Date of Hire: 2/4/2013
Favorite Story / Memory during Time Working at Team 1: Harry’s favorite memory occurred last year when he had an opportunity to spin Team 1’s Prize Wheel. After answering a question correctly, he spun the wheel and won the most coveted prize on the wheel: eight hours of PTO (paid time off)! What did he do with the PTO? Harry said that he spent a day in Maui with his wife. They extended their February 2018 Hawaiian vacation by one day – those eight hours of PTO!
How has Team 1 helped your Personal and/or Professional Development? Harry’s previous employment prepared him for much of the Quality control work that he does for Team 1 Plastics. He worked in the Quality lab at Mac Steel in Jackson, Michigan, using many of the same types of machine that Team 1 has in its Quality lab. “I had used both an optical comparer and a CMM machine before,” Harry said. When Team 1 purchased its new CMM (coordinate measuring machine), the company sent Harry to Hexagon Metrology for a week of PC-DMIS software training. “I had programmed a CMM machine before, but it wasn’t using PC-DMIS software. That’s quite a bit different.”
Favorite Aspect of Working at Team 1: Harry said that his favorite aspect of working at Team 1 is that the company is located in his home town of Albion, Michigan. He and his wife built a house on L Drive early in their marriage, and that’s where they still live. Not only has Harry had a job in Jackson, Michigan, he also worked for a short while in Charlotte, Michigan. He appreciates that his current job is located close to home.
Harry also said that the working environment at Team 1 is quite different from what he experienced in his previous employment. “I like the people, and I have enjoyed seeing how the company is run with a spirit of cooperation from the top down.”
What do you want to share about your life outside of Team 1? Harry and his wife, Dawn, have been married over 42 years. They have two children: a daughter, Sarah and a son, Eric. They also have a son-in-law, Micah, and two grandchildren, Eva and Andrew. Harry and Dawn are active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albion. Harry’s hobby is woodworking. It was this hobby that motivated him to spend two years at The Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Michigan. “The first year was traditional boat building -- wooden ships and boats. The second year included some cold-molded stuff and things like engine installation.” Harry is proud that he is a part of the school’s history -- he and his instructor built the first commissioned sailboat that the school had received.
Piece of Advice and/or Encouragement for Future Team 1 Team Members: Harry’s advice is three-fold: (1) work hard, (2) learn as many jobs as you can, and (3) take advantage of the company’s tuition reimbursement program. “All of these experiences will continue to pay you dividends throughout your working career.” Then, he added, “Also enroll in the 401-K program as soon as you are eligible. You will be saving for your retirement, and you won’t even miss the money. This, too, will pay you huge dividends in the future.”
Random Question: What are your Favorite Movies? The Star Wars movies. Asked if he was pumped about the movie, Solo, coming to theaters, Harry replied, “Oh, absolutely!”