Category Archive: Career Climbers

Amy Haney – Sales Manager

Amy Haney - Sales Manager Marseilles, IL

Amy Haney, Sales Manager for Infra-Metals Marseilles, IL

Amy Haney is currently the Sales Manager in our Marseilles, IL facility. Amy’s prior experience in the hospitality industry has enabled her to polish her approach towards customers’ and their needs. She dedicated her time and energy in that space for 8 years through college and after, working her way up the ranks to become the general manager. Amy was seeking new opportunities and after being referred by another employee, she began her career with Infra-Metals in 2008 as a Sales Representative.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

Amy worked closely and was mentored by her then Sales Manager/General Manager for the next five or so years learning and servicing accounts until she was offered the additional responsibility of managing our Tubing Products. Managing the purchasing of tubing products helped Amy build confidence in herself while further diversifying her knowledge of those products and their real life applications. She spent her time reviewing current trends and forecasting for the future needs of the division. “Working for Infra-Metals is more than a job…I love the relationships I’ve developed with my team, customers and suppliers…their value is beyond measure.” She believes those relationships are the foundation for her success.

In 2018, Amy became the Sales Manager and still maintains her role as Product Manager. Amy has seen many changes and grown with Infra-Metals over the course of her 13 years. She participated in the centralization of the company, which has strengthened our position in the marketplace. Since Amy has been with Infra-Metals, there has been a positive culture shift with an emphasis towards its employees. This wellbeing effort has proven not only to foster a very healthy work environment, it creates high performing productive members of the team that want to show up for you.

Current Day-To-Day

Amy feels it’s important to lead by example and be of service. She wouldn’t ask anything of her staff that she wouldn’t personally do. She can regularly be found working one on one with her teammates, cultivating and professionally developing each of them. Her goal is to maintain the highest level of customer service while keeping her team motivated, engaged and on track. Every day is different and that brings new and exciting challenges. Working for Infra-Metals offers a dynamic environment that is fast paced with limitless possibilities.

“The ceiling is as high as you set it!”

Amy looks towards the future where she would like to be in upper management and help continue to cultivate a place where people want to work. She wants to further nurture the culture where people want to show up for you and feel fulfilled doing so. Working in the steel industry as a female comes with some challenges but by no means does she see it as a weakness. Amy notes the tremendous support she has garnered from her coworkers and peers and feels that her role has been very rewarding. In addition to her work responsibilities, Amy also enjoys spending time with her husband and children, planning family vacations. We should also mention she’s a foodie and loves to cook.

We are pleased to have such a valuable asset on our team!

Favorite Quote

“Progress not perfection.”

Corey Swords – Safety Supervisor

Corey Swords is currently the Safety Supervisor in our New Boston, OH facility. Corey began his career with Infra-Metals in 2013 as a first shift crane operator. Since New Boston was a brand new facility there were plenty of opportunities to grow. Working previously at a steel fabrication facility, Corey was familiar with how things worked with steel. His shipping and logistics experience helped him to understand the production side of the business.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

Starting with a 3 month training program working with veterans in the Wallingford, CT facility, afforded him the knowledge necessary to successfully operate machinery in the new service center opening in New Boston, OH. He was excited to work for a “brand new company that he could grow with.” Corey quickly learned how to operate the band saws and spent several months working in processing. Soon after he began working as a loader for the remainder of the year. In 2015 and over the next three years, Corey moved between several shift supervisor positions, ultimately becoming the 1st Shift Warehouse Supervisor.

Personal growth and working with a quality team are what Corey values when showing up everyday. “Putting the right people in the right positions to utilize everyone’s strengths and maximize output is a recipe for success.” 

Current Day-To-Day

Corey enjoys coordinating with the team in New Boston. “It is very dynamic and every day is different.”

Our services centers work towards monthly goals and it takes every department working together to achieve it. Corey says his environment really makes him feel that he is part of a team and a greater purpose. We are always working to find the most efficient way to deliver our products and services to our customers. That’s the Infra Way. Thank you Corey for all your efforts! Now go get out there and swing those clubs!

Favorite Quote

“Treat others how you want to be treated.”

John Perez – Maintenance Supervisor

John Perez is the Maintenance Supervisor for the Tampa, FL division. He has been with Infra-Metals since September of 2008. During his time there, John has held several positions which has led him on a diverse journey with the company. When John arrived at Infra-Metals he was starting in a new industry and proved his ability to adapt and grow with the company.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

John had moved from Puerto Rico to California where he began life in the States. At the time John had been working in a hospital as a Dispatcher when his company had transferred him to another Florida hospital. John was introduced to Infra-Metals through a family member and current employee in July of 2008. At that time John was brought on as a temporary worker in the Tampa warehouse. After several months John was offered the position of Crane Operator in September of 2008. John quickly moved into other positions within operations such as Loader and then CNC Operator.

Eventually the position of 3rd Shift Supervisor  became available and John decided to apply for the job. He had held that position for the next 5 years and demonstrated strong leadership qualities to both his team and the warehouse’s operations management. In 2019 he was able to apply for the position of warehouse Maintenance Supervisor. Because of John’s strong operations background and diverse skillset he is able to lend his expertise to his current role very effectively. John holds certifications as a Forklift Operator, Man-lift Operator, Dispatcher, CPR First Responder and Trainer. John also holds a CDL-A and is a trained programmer.

“If you want to grow, show initiative. Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. When you do something, do it better than what they expected you to do. Go above and beyond. And never be afraid to ask questions.”

A Funny Story

“It was my first day as a temp on the job. The Operations Manager came up to me and stepped on my boot to check and see if I had steel toe boots on.  I thought to myself, did he just step on my brand new, steel toe boots? At first, I thought, I’m not going to like it here, but instead, I really did!  And well, my Operations Manager saw something in me that I at the time didn’t see in myself. He was instrumental in my growth.”

Current Day-To-Day

In John’s current role he enjoys teaching others how to work safer and smarter. Since he is cross trained, he can jump in when we are short- handed and load trucks, drive the forklift, do programming, burn material or unload trucks. He maintains our equipment as well as the facility. When asked: What do you enjoy about your current role? John responds: “Everything in my position now; I get dirty; I fix equipment and when I’m needed somewhere else in the facility, I can jump in and help. No one day is ever the same. This job keeps me on my toes. It constantly provides challenges and allows me to use my knowledge along with my skills to trouble shoot.”

Jimmy Carter – Sales Manager

Jimmy Carter is currently the Sales Manager at Infra-Metals in Atlanta, GA. Jimmy’s career in steel has spanned over 3 decades. Needless to say he’s seen some things. His career began 36 years ago when he and his wife made the bold move to leave his hometown of Louisville, KY and start from scratch in Atlanta, GA. Having family ties back to the steel industry helped him choose his path once he arrived. Jimmy contacted every fabricator listed in the yellow pages to understand who their suppliers were and so he made his way to Georgia Steel and Supply Co. The makings of sales person were evident.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

In 1984, Jimmy began working at GA Steel and Supply Co. as a Third Shift Loader and Operator. His strong work ethic earned him Shift Supervisor after only 6 months. The following year he was promoted again to Dayshift Supervisor and Machine operator. By 1987 he had found himself working as the Sales Representative for the then Will Call business. Jimmy spent the year learning the sales side of the steel business and sought out an opportunity that would set in motion the later part of his career. After approaching management and requesting a meeting with the owner, Jimmy earned his place at the sales desk where he earned the title of Top Salesperson from 1988-89. Jimmy spent the next five years in Inside Sales when eventually he moved to Outside Sales.

Current Day-to-Day as Sales Manager

Jimmy has seen the acquisition of GA Steel & Supply as well as IMS GA Steel to Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. over the course of his career. He enjoys challenging his team and bringing out the best in every one of them. Strategizing with his team first thing in the morning to working closely with customers to ensure they get the service that makes Infra-Metals so successful.

“This industry didn’t choose me, I chose it.”

TJ Ellis – Operations Manager

TJ EllisTJ Ellis, Operations Manager for Infra-Metals New Boston, began working as a Maintenance Supervisor at our company in 2014.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

TJ, like many employees at Infra-Metals, has held several roles throughout his time with us. The New Boston facility was recently opened and was in need of bringing several CNC machines online for production. This became TJ’s number one priority. Several months in he was approached to take over the burn department to manage tooling, scheduling, and operational procedures. With the successful implementation in New Boston, TJ had the opportunity to lend his experience to our Tampa, FL location where he reduced our processing backlogs and shortened lead times.

TJ notes that his transition between previous and current roles has been very seamless given the fact that he worked with many seasoned mentors within the organization. Working in our current team environment enables people to continuously drive, improve and curate new ideas all while making our warehouse safer and more productive for everyone.

 

Current Day-to-Day of Operations Manager

In his current role as Operations Manager, TJ strives to build a team dedicated to safety and drive the concept of continuous improvement while exceeding our customer’s expectations. He enjoys setting goals and reaching them. TJ has been part of a greater initiative to create a safer work environment. His role has allowed him to work on programs that facilitate employees reaching their personal and professional potential.

Looking to the future, TJ strives to move up and contribute at different levels of the organization.

“The key to success is to focus on the goals, and not the obstacles.”

 

Ryan Nelle – Traffic Manager

Ryan NelleRyan Nelle is currently the Traffic Manager at Infra-Metals in Marseilles, IL. Ryan’s journey with Infra-Metals began as a CDL A Driver and now he is a Traffic Manager.  Here is a little about his story with us.

Ryan is a self-taught CDL driver that took the initiative to study the Illinois CDL study guide on his own.  He had experience driving semis helping farmers but not flatbed trailers.  He applied with Infra-Metals Marseilles and was offered a Class A CDL job on a Friday.  He took the CDL test on Saturday and began his employment as a Class A CDL driver in 2009 after passing his test with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

He began his training with experienced flatbed drivers with our company hauling steel beams.  Our experience drivers taught Ryan the importance of safety, the business, and our customers.  He was in training for about 3 months before he started driving on his own. Ryan continued to drive a flatbed and after gaining experience, became a trainer for new drivers starting with our company. He likes to see the experienced employees help the new.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

After a few years of driving for Infra-Metals, an office position for the traffic department became available; Traffic Coordinator. Ryan applied for this position.  His great attitude, knowledge and experience being a driver for our company was a great fit and he was selected.  His new role as a Traffic Coordinator involved helping schedule drivers with their loads and routes to customers. As a Traffic Coordinator he worked all shifts and saw how each shift had different experiences and responsibilities.  While working as a Traffic Coordinator Ryan saw that the warehouse needed help, at times, moving the flatbed trailers within company property.  He suggested his help and trained to help drive a Spotter Truck. When the warehouse needed help, Ryan went out to move trailers to help the team.

Current Day-to-Day as Traffic Manager

In 2018 there was another climb for Ryan into the new role of Traffic Manager. As a Traffic Manger he is responsible for company drivers, traffic coordinators, outside carriers, and the fleet.   He has an intricate part in coordinating with warehouse, sales & customers to schedule sale orders for delivery & receiving for our company.  He not only helps his department but goes out to the warehouse to help explain why and how loads need to be loaded a certain way.  He jumps in to help anyone at Infra-Metals without being asked.

Ryan enjoys keeping busy and likes to see the steel go out.  He enjoys the changes that his new role has brought.  He wants to learn, grow, and become more versatile as be climbs within the company.  He believes everyone’s goals should be to get to the next level and/or take the next step.

Robert Jamison – Processing Manager

RobertJamisonRobert Jamison has worked at Infra-Metals for 21 years and started out as a Crane Operator. Over his long career with us he has held numerous positions including Saw Operator, Assistant Shift Supervisor and finally Processing Manager and Safety Coordinator.

When he started with Infra-Metals he worked at the Maryland location and now he is living in Virginia, working at the Petersburg, Virginia warehouse.

In the beginning of my career, training was rushed and only the basics were taught to get associates up to speed and working daily, on their own.  As the years have passed, training has become a top priority for Infra-Metals.  This is the at the forefront of the overall changes, increased safety, and training!  Creating a better safety culture remains the primary focus of the Infra leadership teams.

Current Day-to-Day as Processing Manager

My role as the Processing Manager is to schedule all of the processing orders to all of the equipment and the Safety Coordinator aspect of the position requires training all of the team members on all safety procedures of our company to ensure that everyone remains safe.

What I like the most about processing is the challenge of trying to get as much of the work done as I can out of each machine each day.  I also like the safety aspect of the job; it is a new responsibility and I enjoy learning new things.  Both parts of my role allow me to interact with the team members and since recently moving to Virginia it has help me to meet the rest of the team and build relationships.

The greatest change I have seen in the company over the last 21 years is the safety focus and safety culture and how the company cares about the employees first!

My future goal is to learn everything that I can possibly learn to move up within the company as far as I can in the company.  If I had to pick a pick a position, I would say I would aspire to be the Operations Manager.

PJ Rase – General Manager

PJ RasePJ Rase, General Manager for Infra-Metals New Boston, began working as a Sales Representative at our company in 2013. PJ earned two degrees, a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a Bachelor degree in Business Management from the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

Rase, has held several roles throughout his time with Infra-Metals. PJ brought his previous retail sales experience and applied to this new career opportunity. He started with Infra-Metals by working in the sales department as one the first sales representatives trained before the New Boston, OH facility went live. He learned through his travels to and from the Wallingford, CT facility how the steel business worked and where Infra-Metals participated. At that he was mentored and worked very closely with the then general manager of the new Ohio facility, Oak Williams.

PJ quickly embraced the new company culture and earned his way to the Sales Manager position. His new responsibilities included nurturing and motivating a staff of six sales personnel. When asked what he likes about working for Infra-Metals his response was: “Exciting. Fun. Never Monotonous. I work with all types of people.”

In 2018 PJ moved into the role of General Manager for New Boston, OH.

 

Current Day-to-Day of General Manager

In his current role as General Manager, PJ oversees the New Boston, OH facility and all its employees.

“I am offered the opportunity to have an impact on the lives of the people I work with every day and can see myself retiring from this place. It’s a great company to work for.”

Starting from the ground up, the New Boston location has enjoyed watching it’s employees grow personally and professionally. PJ has witnessed this location grow and become successful due to the hard work and dedication of a lot of people.

There are many stories like mine throughout the organization and that is special to have an employer that takes an interest in your personal success.”

Meredith Whitties – Traffic Manager

Meredith WhittiesMeredith Whitties, Traffic Manager for Infra-Metals Petersburg, began his career with us in 2003 as a CDL Truck Driver. Meredith’s hands-on experience as a driver provided him with the knowledge necessary to be successful in his current role.

Career Growth at Infra-Metals

Meredith’s 17-year journey at Infra-Metals has been one of hard work and dedication.  In 2011 he was promoted to the Assistant Traffic Manager, primarily performing many administrative task to support the Traffic Manager. Meredith demonstrated himself as a self-motivated and very observant employee, which eventually lead to his promotion in 2018 to the Traffic Manager.

“I enjoy interacting with the drivers on a daily basis because it shows them what is achievable with a career at Infra-Metals”.

Meredith’s promotions illustrate the journey many have taken within the company. The company leadership acknowledge and reward hard work and dedication through achievement letters and awards. Meredith reflects on these awards with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Current Day-to-Day of Traffic Manager

Infra has grown over the years and with the leadership in place, it will continue to do so. The traffic department is one of our most dynamic areas of the business. Everything that occurs flows through there and in many ways, is the pulse of operation. Meredith and his team are responsible for managing inbound and outbound traffic. Building loads and scheduling deliveries are their primary responsibilities as well as managing the fleet of tractor trailers and drivers.

Meredith will continue to deliver excellence by looking to the future through continuing education. “I aspire to further educate myself on the ever-changing technology in the industry.”

“Go Team Infra.”

Antonio Garcia – Warehouse Supervisor

Anotnio GarciaAntonio Garcia, Warehouse Supervisor for Infra-Metals Petersburg, first started at the Marseilles, IL location in August 2005 as a crane operator.  Although the environment can seem intimidating when you are first learning the job, all of my training was safe and very thorough.  After a while, I became a Crane Trainer, training new hires when they started with the company.  I worked hard as a Crane Operator, for about 11 years, and I was always willing to help everyone when they needed a hand.

Infra-Metals acquired the Atlanta location, and I was asked if I would be interested in being the Trainer for their team members. This required teaching the Atlanta associates our hand-held scanners and our ERP systems.  Once the leadership team saw what I could do, they asked me if an opportunity to move up within the company presented itself, would I be interested in it, if it included relocating to another plant and I replied, “I’m in”.

As I continued training the Atlanta team members, I was also called upon to go to Texas and train the Delta team, our sister company.  Shortly after returning from Texas, there were three positions for advancement mentioned to me and I was just waiting for the first one to become available.  As soon as the training program ended for the Atlanta team members, a supervisor position came available in Virginia and I took the position.

Current Day-to-Day as Warehouse Supervisor

My current position as a Virginia Warehouse Supervisor is fast-moving and ever-changing.  We rotate shifts every three months which allows us to adapt to situations that happen on both; inbound and outbound shifts as well as bond with the associates on the different shifts.  Rotating shifts does have its own set of challenges however, approaching work with the right attitude, any challenge can be overcome with the right crew!

Infra-Metals is continuously growing and has been ever since I started here, each plant has gotten better and better over time.  Most importantly, is our safety growth.  We focus in on our safety record and continuously focusing in on our safety equipment and staying up to date with our equipment.  We want this to be everyone’s home away from home and we want every team member to return home to their loved ones the same way they arrived that day, the only way to make that happen is to have the safest work environment possible.

Some of the things I enjoy best about working at Infra-Metals are the people that I work with and work for.  The people here appreciate me, and I appreciate them.  Working at Infra-Metals means that you work for a company that truly appreciates you, you are not just a number here, everyone knows who you are, who your family is and what your goals are!  I enjoy motivating other employees to be better and do better, to see the best in themselves and find a life-long career at Infra-Metals just like I have.

My future goal is to work on day shift permanently and be a part of the management team.  A quote I live by is “A thank you goes a long way”.