Position: Maintenance Captain
Date of Hire: 11/8/2010
Other Positions Held / Length of Each: Tooling Specialist – 4 years
Favorite Story / Memory during Time Working at Team 1: Andy said that his favorite memories at Team 1 have been during plant shutdowns and installation of new machines when the members of the Maintenance Department are working together on the same project. He explained that most of the time, the Team Members of the Maintenance Department work independently on different tasks and on different shifts. But, during shutdowns and installations, they all work on the same shift, and are all focused on the same project. For example, he said, “Two years ago when we installed our new water tower, that was a two-week shutdown, and we were in a tight timeline. We just all worked together to get it done. We work well as a team. I really enjoy that!” He added, “You learn a lot about each other during these times.”
How has Team 1 helped your Personal and/or Professional Development? “Personally,” Andy said, “Team 1 has taught me to be more patient with people.” He admitted that he has struggled in the past with patience. He said that in his position as Maintenance Captain, he has learned that “being in charge of a department, you have to be patient with people. Sometimes I have to lay off people and not be so demanding.”
Favorite Aspect of Working at Team 1: Laughing, Andy said that his two favorite aspects of working at Team 1 seem to contradict each other. The first is “that Team 1 keeps us [the Team Members] informed of pretty much everything that is happening at the company. I really enjoy that. No surprises!” Andy said the second aspect is that the “Work in the Maintenance Department changes minute to minute. Lots of surprises! There is no monotony. We plan out a schedule, but we know that it is very fluid.” Upon closer reflection, Andy agreed that the two really do not contradict each other. One is about the culture of the company – the other is about the type of work that the Maintenance Department is assigned.
What do you want to share about your life outside of Team 1? Andy is married, and for many years, he and his wife enjoyed the freedom of “grabbing a bag and running to wherever we wanted to go.” Fourteen years after they got married, twins girls were born to the couple, and life changed dramatically. The girls are now eight years old, and Andy and his wife spend “… a lot of time doing things with them like gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, all that good stuff. Those olds days are gone. It’s different, but it’s enjoyable!” He said that the family enjoys traveling together, taking at least two vacations each year with some weekend getaways scattered in occasionally during the year.
After Andy graduated from Marshall High School, he attended two years at Ferris State University. Then, he found a job and an apprenticeship at a Pattern Shop in Albion and has established deep roots in the local community. He is currently involved in several local organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, the Albion Historical Society, the Albion District Library, and Right to Life. Andy also served on the Albion City Council for 12 years.
Piece of Advice and/or Encouragement for Future Team 1 Team Members: “Set goals for every day, week, month, year, and don’t get settled.” Andy said that he sees way too many people that are just floating through life. He encourages future Team Members to “Set a small goal and achieve that and then get something bigger. As the year goes on, you’ll realize that you’ve accomplished a lot. If you went through the year and never had any goals set, then what did you accomplish?”
Random Question: Best movie quote? Andy chose this quote from the movie, Joe Dirt: “Life is a Garden, Dig It.” He admitted that the movie is “kind of slap-stick comedy, but I like that one.”