People Behind the Product: Ross Zimmerman
What began as a part-time job for Ross Zimmerman evolved into an 18-year career as a welder for a company that has nearly doubled in size from the day he first entered the plant.
“I worked on a part-time basis every so often while I was attending college,” says Zimmerman who grew up not far from the company’s Sheffield, Iowa, headquarters. In 1993 he began full-time, and hasn’t looked back since.
“I enjoy my job, especially the camaraderie among employees – everyone gets along well with each other here,” he said. Zimmerman says that though Sukup Manufacturing employs nearly 500, a familiar face is always easy to spot.
“The company has expanded, but what began as a family-owned business has stayed that way,” he explained. “Everyone knows you by your first name.”
When he’s not at work Zimmerman can be found fishing, target shooting, and spending time with his family – his wife of 30 years, Diane who works in the Sukup Printing Department; son Kaleb and his wife Linsey; son Kiley and his wife Kelsie; daughter Kelsey and fiancé Luke; and grandchildren Henry and Greyson.
Zimmerman has witnessed big changes over the years such as the introduction of a bin line, manufacturing facility and distribution center expansions, and a steady increase of employees, but says the qualities often credited for part of the company’s success have remained just as they were 18 years ago.
“Our people have always put such pride in every product that goes out the door. We care about our industry and products. You just don’t find that everywhere.”
People Behind the Product is an online series introducing those involved in the daily operations of Sukup Manufacturing Co, the fastest-growing bin manufacturing company in the world. The family-owned company, located in Sheffield, Iowa, USA, has been providing top-quality products to agricultural producers since 1963. For more information on the complete line of Sukup grain bins, grain dryers, material handling systems and pre-engineered buildings, visit www.sukup.com.