In his own words: Nate Staub, Shipping & Receiving Clerk, Onex Inc
What or who fueled your interest in manufacturing?
I always liked to see how something was made or built. My father worked in the tool and die industry as a mold maker, and it always fascinated me when he brought parts home that his company had help make. I thought it was really neat to see everyday items from laundry soap container lids to deodorant sticks and knew that my dad had a part in helping to manufacture those things.
What is your current role in manufacturing?
I work as a shipping and receiving clerk for Onex Inc. Onex manufactures and services industrial furnaces and produces precast shapes to be used in heat intensive applications in the furnace industry. I gather and package materials such as refractory brick, mortar, castable, ceramic insulation and hardware and help coordinate shipping those materials to Onex’s field crew so they can build the furnace. I also package and schedule precast shapes to be shipped all over the United States. Those shapes will be used in many different industries to make everyday items such as car and aerospace parts to medical equipment.
Describe your path to get to where you are today.
I graduated from high school and tech school with a certificate in Construction Trades. I worked as a laborer /mason for 13 years mainly building basements for manufactured homes. In 2008 with the housing bubble, it grew increasingly harder to find work building new homes. I decided I needed something different which led me to a local temp. agency. They placed me at Onex, and I began my career in manufacturing in Onex’s precast department. I learned to mix and pour castable into molds and to strip the molds of the new precast parts. An opening in the shipping and receiving department had opened and my supervisor and I had felt it would be a good role to get into. The rest they say is history.
What is your Superpower?
Attention to detail. Making sure an excellent product is shipped to the customer in a timely manner and to the correct location(s).
Why is your role important to others – like to customers or end users?
No matter what industry in manufacturing, there is always a need for the company to get their products to a customer. Shipping/Receiving has a big part in making sure the product is up to company and customer standards and is shipped on time.
What do you think the future holds for your career or others you inspire?
Hope to continue to help grow Onex to be the place where people want to work at, and to be the place where our customers look to first as a solution to their furnace and refractory needs.