Linetec People to Know – Cody Horne

Cody-Horne-5-2018-webTell me about your job
As a manufacturing engineer at Linetec, it is my job to research, develop and implement cost-effective tools, equipment and controls to continuously improve manufacturing processes. I also help achieve safety and production goals. Projects are often initiated after discussions with our associates, and then I evaluate, prioritize, manage and complete these projects. I work with engineers, contractors, fabricators, vendors and other Linetec associates to complete a wide variety of projects ranging from automated systems to carts.

What did you do prior to Linetec?
Prior to working at Linetec, I was a product engineer at JARP Industries, a local manufacturer of custom hydraulic cylinders for demanding applications. I started at JARP shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin (UW) Platteville with a CodyH-Susan-&-Cody-webmechanical engineering degree. I chose to pursue an opportunity at Linetec to be involved with more complex projects. UW-Platteville, UW-Marathon County and a variety of work experiences throughout college helped prepare me for the engineering career ahead of me. Work experiences included an internship at Hydratight, an internship at Neenah Paper, a co-op at Greenheck and a summer position at FAITH Technologies. Linetec associates may also recognize me as a former employee at Culver’s in Wausau. In short, I was very busy gaining experience and growing as an engineer before working at Linetec.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The most rewarding thing for me is seeing concepts turn into reality.

CodyH-Marigold-not-chewing-on-the-table-and-chairsWhat poses the biggest challenges for you?
As a young engineer, there are many aspects of my job that challenge me. These include troubleshooting existing equipment, specifying new equipment and managing multiple projects simultaneously. However, the biggest challenge for me is managing my work day. Each day, I have a plan for what I want to get done, but it seems like I am constantly reshuffling.

What is something you are looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to the holidays this year because it will be the first holiday season married to my wife, Susan. Hopefully this year we will finally visit the Rotary Winter Wonderland at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield! I am also looking forward to drinking eggnog out of my moose mug and champagne out of wedding champagne flutes!

Believe it or not, I am most excited to use the snow blower that my in-laws got my wife for her birthday.

CodyH-Susan-&-Cody-wedding-photo-webWhat is something people don’t know about you?
I enjoy cooking and love to buy kitchen gadgets. I like to turn leftovers into culinary masterpieces!

If Linetec gave you a surprise three day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?
I would take my wife and our dogs, Ollie and Marigold, on a road trip to hike in Wisconsin’s state parks. Governor Dodge State Park and Devil’s Lake State Park are two parks that come to mind. If we could find dog friendly lodging, we might go to both parks in one trip. The dogs would sleep the whole way home!

CodyH-Ollie-&-Marigold-waiting-for-the-Packer-game-to-startWhat always cheers you up when you think about it?
I always cheer up when I think about my wife and our golden retrievers. When I need a reason to smile, I look at engagement pictures, wedding pictures and pictures of our dogs.

 

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Linetec adds three associates to growing team – Brandon Slowiak as continuous improvement manager, Cody Horne as manufacturing engineer, Tad Klabacha as senior technical engineer

Wausau, Wisconsin (May 2018) – Three new associates have joined Linetec to support the company’s continued growth and its customers’ ongoing need for high-quality, high-performance, finished, architectural aluminum products. Brandon Slowiak started his role as a continuous improvement manager, Cody Horne as a manufacturing engineer and Tad Klabacha as a senior technical engineer.

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Brandon Slowiak

In his role as continuous improvement manager, Slowiak reports to Linetec’s vice president of operations Andy Joswiak. He is responsible for leading the company’s Lean initiatives and continuous improvement training and activities, inspiring a culture of continuous improvement, and driving results through ongoing process improvements.

Most recently, Slowiak worked as a value stream manager at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global leader in motion and control technologies. Seven years ago, he began with the company as a process engineer and earned progressively more challenging roles while gaining experience in operations. Certified as a high performance team coach, he has led Lean manufacturing training programs. In addition to his knowledge of Lean, he has a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering with a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He currently lives in Wausau.

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Cody Horne

Horne also is a University of Wisconsin graduate and lives in Wausau. He graduated from Marathon County with an associate’s degree and from Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. His professional engineering experience includes positions at Greenheck Fan Corporation, Neenah Paper, Hydratight and most recently, as a product engineer with custom hydraulic cylinder manufacturer JARP Industries, Inc. At Linetec, he will focus on continually and cost-effectively improving the manufacturing process. He reports to Bob Laduron, Linetec’s quality and process improvement manager.

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Tad Klabacha

Also reporting to Laduron, Klabacha also will recommend and implement continuous improvements through value-focused manufacturing processes. Drawing from more than a decade of experience in manufacturing, he previously worked at Vista Outdoor’s Federal Cartridge Company as a manufacturing engineering supervisor responsible for managing a 17-person team. He holds several technical certificates including as a Six Sigma Green Belt and for Lean manufacturing. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He relocated from the Twin Cities to the Wausau area.

Learn more about joining Linetec’s growing team of associates by visiting www.linetec.com and clicking “Employment.”

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG).

Linetec is a member of the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

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