Best Production Supervisor Finalists
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In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program includes people award categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep. After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors are asking you to decide the winners.
Here are the nominees for the new Best Production Supervisor Glass Magazine Award. The nominees are counting on your votes so read all about them, then CLICK ON THE VOTE BEST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR ICON at the bottom of the page.
VOTING CLOSES JULY 31 AT 5 P.M. EST.
Jason Moe, vice president/production supervisor, Hale Glass Inc.
As production supervisor for Hale Glass Inc., Moe manages the fabrication facility and its personnel, including machine operators and assembly personnel. He leads morning meetings with the team to discuss the day’s jobs, and assists by monitoring production and quality, determining bidding and production schedules, managing equipment repairs and facilitating safe packaging and delivery of orders. He also designs in-house layouts and makes trips to the field to assist with difficult or unusual installations.
Brian Hale, COO of Hale Glass, attributes the production facility’s smooth operation to Moe’s careful mentorship and leadership of his team. “Jason’s truly amazing mechanical skills along with his fair and gentle leadership techniques allowed him to lead by example,” Hale says. “This made it possible for him to run smooth and productive projects as the men that worked under him truly understood the learning opportunity they had. … When one gives respect one gets respect, and this is certainly the case with Jason.”
Moe has worked for Hale Glass more than 30 years, starting with the company when he was in high school, cleaning toilets and sweeping the shop. He has since become known as the guy who’s always developing a better way, playing a key role in bringing in-house fabrication to Hale. Hale, who has always encouraged Moe to be innovative, says, “He has invented several tools over the years—some good, some not so good—but everything he makes is affectionately referred to as a ‘Moe-O-Matic.’”
Brian Albanese, vice president/production supervisor, Forno Enterprises Inc.
Brian Albanese, vice president and production supervisor manages the office personnel, the shop crew and an outside union field force. He creates daily schedules, handles estimating, fleet management and contract negotiations. As production supervisor, Albanese has assisted in fast-paced and complex projects, and has made investments in the company with machinery acquisitions and personnel appointments.
Albanese’s father, Mike, offered the company to him in college. “My father has taught me everything about the industry, the business, and the way to work with people.” His coworkers respect his massive transition from kid around the shop to vice president of the company. “Brian’s eye for detail and his compassion for his job make him the best production manager,” says Lizbeth Michiels, project manager for Forno.
Albanese received the reigns of Forno, as well as the first project he led, in a “sink or swim” fashion. He understands that the help of his team, along with his father’s example, are the secrets to his success. “In addition to my father’s teachings, the keys to success are having a core group of people around you. Without the help and support of these great people, success would be a hard goal to achieve,” he says.
Dana Duval, plant manager, Global Security Glazing
Since 2001, Dana Duval has worked as a plant manager at various glazing companies, including AGC Flat Glass North America Inc., Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions, and currently at Global Security Glazing. Currently, he manages and operates a 160,000-square-foot lamination facility with up to 100 employees. Duval is responsible for daily production and capacity planning, safety, quality and efficiency goals, as well as cost reduction, on-time delivery and plant budget goals.
Duval is a motivator, and brings commitment and dedication to each job, no matter the size of the customer. “In our industry, people always say, ‘please walk through my order,’ but it is usually just lip service. Not so with Dana,” says a former Trulite coworker. “If we had projects that had to be walked through, Dana would take a significant interest and get it done right.”
During his career at AGC Flat Glass North America, Duval successfully expanded a 40,000-square-foot facility to a full-service 130,000-square-foot facility, while also increasing profits by five percent in six months. He has successfully implemented a Six Sigma program that is in use company-wide in all 19 plants, Duval notes. AGC also reported 99 percent on-time delivery, up from 88 percent in three months, under Duval’s leadership.