Today we sat down with Phillip Brittain, value stream leader over the first operations group with Rotary Lift®. Phillip has been a staple at Rotary Lift for years and is a valuable team member. His leadership on the shop floor and willingness to accept a challenge make him yet another invaluable employee. It's employees like Phillip that make Rotary Lift what is is today. Take a few minutes to meet Phillip, one of Rotary’s Force Behind the Lift.
Q: How long have you been with Rotary Lift?
Phillip: I have been with Rotary Lift for 29 years.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
Phillip: Foremost, the people I work with and the drive they have to please their customers and meet goals we are challenged to meet. Our leaders challenge us to new heights. I love the challenge to do what we sometimes believe is impossible. Rotary employees conquer their challenges and seize the new goals.
Q: What is your background in operations?
Phillip: I have spent my entire career in operations. I was first a laborer. As a laborer (welder's helper) I set up column parts (SPOA84) in weld fixtures, so the welder could weld the column complete. I would then polish the parts and send them to paint. I’ve assembled; fiber glassed, and welded inground jacks. I was a welder for many years. As a welder I have welded all kinds of products for our customers. I spent most of those years welding two post columns. I have also been a tool builder, which means I made fixtures to make parts. I was a brake press operator, which I formed two post columns. I became a production supervisor in 1999 and am now the value stream leader over the First Operations group. First Ops makes all the metal parts for the welders, painters, and assemblers.
Q: What is something unique to operations that many people wouldn’t know?
Phillip: Working with metal is a very temperamental job. What I mean by that is; not all the metal reacts in the same way. From the outside the jobs look easy, put a piece of metal in a machine or in a fixture to be welded and it always comes out the same. The employees on the floor are specialists, which have experience in understanding how metals react to machining, forming and welding - and know how to make adjustments to make the best parts for their customer’s.
Q: During your work career or personal life what are you most proud of?
Phillip: In my work career I am most proud of joining a great business that cares so much about their customers. Rotary wants to be the absolute best lift company in the world; and they know the only way to accomplish that goal is to make the best lifts, so everyone is proud to own a Rotary Lift.
Q: What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?
Phillip: I like to make wood furniture. My experience in manufacturing has taught me to make items that I could have never achieved without the experience.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Phillip: Foremost, God has blessed me with a great family and I enjoy my time with them. In addition, I like to make items with wood and be outside.
Q: Would you consider yourself more of a music or sports person?
Phillip: I am more of a sports fan than a music person. I like IU basketball, Colts football, and NASCAR.
Q: If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be? Why?
Phillip: As my career states, I would want a two post lift. I like them because they are easy to use and they are very versatile.