Nick Hutchens, Continuous Improvement Coordinator
Alma Mater: Buena Vista University
How did you become involved in the plastics industry?
Four years ago, I was working at a soybean production facility while I went to school. My long-time friend Tanner reached out to me and told me there was an opening at Bruin Manufacturing in the Mixing department. I applied for and accepted a temp job shortly after. That ended up being one of the best decisions I have ever made.
What is your favorite part about your current role?
The best part about my current role is getting to work with people from every department to develop creative, outside-the-box solutions to complex problems. Every day presents a new challenge.
What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
There have been many, but seeing how the employees at Bruin reacted to the tornado in Marshalltown and a fire in our facility stands out. Without hesitation people went to work and figured out ways to get quality product to our customers, of which many didn't realize we had experienced any difficulties to begin with. Their dedication to our customers made me proud to call myself a coworker.
At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
Hopefully, as someone who helps to make difficult processes easier.
How do you define success?
Resiliency and being able to learn from past experiences, especially failure.
What book are you currently reading?
Huckleberry Finn. One of my favorites.
What other groups or organizations are you active in?
I don't know if they would classify themselves as a group, but I also like to participate in any Harbour Results surveys as they provide very helpful information.
What is one thing about you that others would be surprised to learn?
I was an infantry Marine with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines.
If you weren't in the plastics industry, what would you be doing?
I would still be in manufacturing of some kind. I enjoy the work.
What is your favorite thing or story about the MAPP organization?
Last year we got to hear Alan Hobson speak about climbing Mt. Everest and battling rare forms of cancer. That was really motivating.
How have you received value from the MAPP organization? What are the greatest benefits you currently receive?
I really enjoy the benchmarking surveys. Its helpful to have information to compare yourself to.