The Galfab team represents a variety of skilled professionals with decades of experience in the waste industry. From the Production floor to the Engineering, Sales and Management departments, Galfab’s blend of seasoned experts work with a cadre of eager up-and-comers that provide a fresh outlook, new ideas and a ”millennial” spirit. This is the third of several profiles featuring members of the Galfab workforce. This week, the spotlight is on Mike Leon.
What is your current role, when did you start, and what were you doing before?: Shipping/Receiving Supervisor since September 2018. My prior role was Shipping/Receiving Lead. Prior to that I was Inventory/Customer Service supervisor at an HVAC Distribution Center.
Tell us about your family and where you live: I’m married with four daughters- ages 3, 2 and twin baby girls. I live in Knox, but was born and raised in Chicago.
What is your favorite thing about Galfab and your role: My favorite thing about Galfab is the daily challenge. Whether it’s personnel challenges, routine business challenges, continuous improvement challenges or brand new business challenges…there is rarely a cookie-cutter day!
As a millennial, what is the most important element you bring to Galfab: Good, old fashioned hard work ethic.
Because of your youth, do you see any unique challenges in the workforce?: I’ve been told I look young. Sometimes I feel like I have to do a little more to prove myself to people that don’t yet know me. It can be frustrating at times, but I appreciate the motivation.
What do you want to be when you “grow up”?: Happy.
What super power do you wish you had?: I don’t wish for such powers.
What do you do in your spare time?: A lot of diaper changing.
Do you volunteer in your community?: A little political volunteer work during the 2016 election.
Lightning Round- 5 questions with one word answers:
1. Favorite sport: Baseball
2. Favorite professional sports team: Bears
3. Favorite food: Steak
4. Favorite TV show: The Profit
5. Best movie of all time: Gladiator
•What is your current role, when did you start it, and what were you doing before?:
My current role is Supervisor of New Machine and Repairs. I am responsible for overseeing compactor and baler builds, as well as coordinating any repairs requested by the customer. Our team’s flexibility also allows for backing up the weld-out area in order to handle any customer add-ons or last minute modifications after container completion. I have nearly 9 (nine) years of industry experience and admit the time has moved quickly since starting in 2010.
•Where do you live?:
Tell us about your family: I currently live in Phoenix, AZ. I have three daughters (2, 10 and 16 years old) that take up most of my time outside of work. My family of five enjoys special moments that typically include our pets (two dogs and one cat).
•What is your favorite thing about working at Galfab and your specific role?:
One of my favorite things about Galfab is being “Certified Employee-Owned”. The overall sense of pride of ownership allows us to care more about the customer and help ensure continued success and wealth for working individuals. From a departmental standpoint, I take pride in being able to ensure a high quality product while maintaining the flexibility of customer demands.
•As a millennial, what is the most important thing you can bring to Galfab?:
I have been fortunate to have learned our products from start to finish, which allows me to ensure industry and company standards are met or exceeded. This attention to detail, along with my focus on accountability, allows me to mentor and grow from peers and co-workers alike.
•Do you experience any unique challenges in the workforce based on your youth?:
I don’t see any unique challenge- more so, opportunities to better myself and the company. I stay ahead with technology and best practices in order to stay ahead of any obstacles.
•What do you want to be when you “grow up”?:
My belief, is that we should continue to grow on a daily basis. That may mean a willingness to work with product specifications, or assist with a difficult or new product design. I enjoy my role and look forward to enhancing my supervisor skills in the coming years.
• What super power do you wish you had?:
Definitely flying! I would like to avoid the traffic that is typical with our daily commute!
• What do you do in your spare time?:
I enjoy family time, especially the time spent with my soon to be two-year-old daughter, Trinity. These years are especially critical and I enjoy every minute of it.
• Do you volunteer anywhere?:
I am currently not an active volunteer, but continue to search for opportunities within my community.
• Favorite sport: Football
• Favorite team: Cardinals
• Favorite food: Smoked Brisket
• Favorite TV show: Last Man Standing
• Best movie of all time: Tombstone
The Galfab team represents a variety of skilled professionals with decades of experience in the waste industry. From the Production floor to the Engineering, Sales and Management departments, Galfab’s blend of seasoned experts work with a cadre of eager up-and-comers that provide a fresh outlook, new ideas and a ”millennial” spirit. This is the first of several profiles featuring members of the Galfab workforce. This week, the spotlight is on Gavin Fulmer.
Star Mountain Capital CEO Brett Hickey sits down with Jerry Samson, CEO of Galfab LLC, a 150 employee business in the waste management industry. Check out the video here.
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Galfab, a premier manufacturing company with locations in Indiana and Arizona, recently announced the appointment of Ian Nilson as Chief Financial Officer. Galfab CEO Jerry Samson stated, “It is my pleasure to welcome Ian as Galfab’s CFO. Ian brings over 20 years of professional financial experience. He has been involved in manufacturing his entire career and understands our environment.”
Nilson most recently served as Vice President and CFO for Destaco, a global workholding equipment and automated tooling solution company based in Auburn Hills, MI. Prior to that, Nilson spent over ten years with Tyco Flow Control of Houston, TX in a variety of leadership positions. Nilson holds a B.S. in Business from Purdue University, has earned several awards for professional excellence, and served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Ian and his family currently reside in the Chicago area.
Nilson remarked, “I am looking forward to joining Galfab’s executive team. I feel my solid combination of skills and experience will compliment and support the legacy of a true industry innovator.” Samson added, “The recent move to an employee-owned company, and the addition of Ian as CFO strengthens our leadership and helps position Galfab’s future growth and success.”
September 25, 2017 | CHARLOTTE, NC
Charlotte-based Mosaic Capital Partners, LLC, announced today that they led the structuring and funding of the employee stock ownership plan (“ESOP”) buyout of Galfab, a premier manufacturing company with locations in Indiana and Arizona, previously owned by Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC.
Mosaic Managing Partner Keith Butcher remarked, “Our team at Mosaic was honored to be selected to partner with Jerry Samson, the management, and employees in Galfab’s transition to employee ownership. Galfab is recognized throughout the industry as a premier designer and manufacturer of waste equipment of all types.”
Galfab CEO Jerry Samson, stated “We were very thorough in our process to choose the right partner. It became evident that Mosaic offered our employees, our customers and our growth strategy the best opportunity. The desire to create an ownership opportunity in Galfab for our over 150 employees was always the top priority for us. Our employees are the heart and soul of Galfab. We feel our corporate philosophy respects their individual skills, cooperative spirit and dedication to exceptional quality and service. This company was founded by Don Galbreath and built on his reputation in the industry. Taking care of all the employees was foremost on our mind. Galfab is well-known as an industry innovator and this new structure will position Galfab as a leading edge manufacturing employer.”
Dave McKeon, COO of Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions added, “We are very proud of Galfab’s growth and success under Wastebuilt’s ownership, and we look forward to partnering with Jerry and his team as Galfab becomes an independent, employee-owned company. Wastebuilt will continue to focus on its core business of providing parts, service and equipment to the refuse industry, with Galfab as an important partner for our company.”
Galfab, based in Winamac, Indiana and Phoenix, Arizona, is a leading manufacturer of cable roll-off hoists, single axle hook hoists, open top roll-off containers, packer receiver containers, front and rear load containers, self-contained compactors, self-dumping hoppers, and various other products for transportation in the garbage and scrap industry. For additional information, please visit www.galfab.com
About Mosaic Capital Partners, LLC
Based in Charlotte, NC, Mosaic Capital Partners, LLC (“Mosaic”) is a private equity fund providing mezzanine debt and equity to privately held lower middle market companies. www.mosaic-cp.com
About Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC
Wastebuilt was formed in December of 2012 in order to create a customer-focused and national provider of parts, service, and equipment for the waste and recycling industry. Wastebuilt is majority-owned by Millbrook Capital Management Inc., a New York City-based investment firm that seeks to acquire and grow companies in partnership with founders and experienced management teams by providing capital and strategic guidance. www.wastebuilt.com
WINAMAC, IL –March 10, 2017–Galfab Manufacturing (Galfab), a leading hoist, container and compactor manufacturer based out of Winamac, Indiana and Phoenix, AZ has reported another record year in 2016.
“By any standard of measure, Galfab had a tremendous year in 2016,” commented Jerry Samson, President of Galfab. “The momentum we had coming into 2016 continued throughout the year. Our expanding workforce has responded to robust business and allowed us to grow at an amazing rate.”
Galfab was founded by Don Galbreath in 1992. Mr. Galbreath produced his first roll-off hoist in 1959 and is often credited with the invention of the modern day roll-off hoist. His knowledge and expertise is still a guiding factor for Galfab today.
“I am extremely excited about our plans to continue to provide quality products in the waste industry for the upcoming years.” added Samson. “This past year was great but we have much more we want to accomplish going forward by expanding our production capacity.”
The Galfab tandem style roll-off hoists are now standard with a pintle ready rear apron.
What that means is that if your chassis is equipped with air and electric to the rear all you may
need to do is install a pintle hook, hook up the glad hands and start pulling a trailer.
That’s right, our DOT bumper now comes equipped with pin up brackets that will allow you to
manually fold up the bumper and pin it allowing you to pull a trailer.
If you have an older style unit without the pin up brackets and pin assemblies they can be
purchased at Galfab. When ordering ask for (2) MS 5646 pin up lugs and (2) MA 4709 pin assemblies.
Galfab continually strives to be innovative in making the most user friendly hoist in the industry.
Click Below for Diagrams:
Pin up lug MS 5646
Pin Assy MA 4709 5-17-16