27 Years of Precision Service
Vince Lombardi once said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Over the past 27 years, Indiana Precision Grinding, has been fortunate to have a man that has demonstrated a work ethic that aligns to that quotation. John Owens was hired by the late William R. Cox on September 11, 1989. John’s dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed, as he was promoted to Shop Foreman within 5 years. Since that time, John’s role at IPG has evolved into the role of Plant Manager, which enables him complete oversight of grinding production operations.
Over the past 27 years, John has supported our IPG employees with an abundant resource of skill, experience, dedication, and guidance. This month John will begin the next chapter of his life by retiring from his employment at IPG. IPG will now transition into a new chapter as well, to continue to support our customers and guide our operations as we endeavor to become a world-class organization. However, we will be forever grateful for the service that John Owens has given to us.
Sometimes, it may seem, in our current society, that it is challenging for businesses and corporations to land talented and dedicated employees. Once hiring them, you are faced with another challenge of retaining those employees. IPG has been privileged to become a better company as a result of the efforts of John Owens. Before John officially says goodbye to IPG, our customers, and our vendors, I took some time with John to ask him a few questions. Below you will read just a snapshot of his employment history, his legacy he is leaving behind at IPG, and his wisdom he would like to share with all of us.
QUESTION: Could you please give me an employment timeline since you entered the work-force?
- Ertle’s Manufacturing: January 1968 (9 months)
- Standard Brands: September 1968 to 1971
- General Hospital: 1971 to 1972
- Standard Change Makers: 1972 to 1978
- Ensley’s Manufacturing: 1978 to 1980, Firestone Tire Center 1979(6 months)
- Indiana Gear Works: 1980 to 1981
- Alisson’s Transmission: 1981 to 1982
- Indianapolis Containment Company: 1983 to 1984
- Indiana Gear Works: 1984 to 1989
- IPG: September 11, 1989 till present
QUESTION: What is the biggest change in the manufacturing industry you have seen over the past 30 years?
JOHN: The advancements of CNC machines and technology have drastically changed the way products are machined and precision ground.
QUESTION: What piece of advice would you give young people entering the working world today?
JOHN: Education is great, but a great attitude, a great personality, and how well you treat others will make you an extremely valuable employee. These three things will hold you back from progressing forward in life if you do not have them.
QUESTION: What is one thing you accomplished at IPG that you feel made a positive impact on the company?
JOHN: Passing on grinding knowledge and experience so our employees could improve their skills and better support our customers.
QUESTION: What was your favorite thing about working at IPG?
JOHN: My interaction with our employees, customers, and management team. It wasn’t always perfect, but we still went forward with progress. I am also thankful that I was able to work the day shift.
QUESTION: What was your biggest challenge working at IPG?
JOHN: Working with multiple personalities is always a challenge when you are in management. Attempting to get others to understand that as a company we need our customers as much as they need us. Trying to get our team to buy into the company vision and policies. Getting our team to understand that they must give effort as much as the company gives them compensation. Sometimes that simply means coming to work every day on time, giving your best effort, and staying late when necessary.
QUESTION: What is one thing you would like to leave with all the employees of IPG?
JOHN: Save as much money as you can in your 401K. You will need it for your retirement. It is one of the best benefits that IPG has to offer.
QUESTION: What are your plans after retirement?
JOHN: Rest up and take it easy for a little while. Vacation, go fishing, honey-do-list, and do whatever I want to do. I anticipate getting more sleep than I do now.
IPG president, Dave Cox, attributes improved safety standards, improved employee compensation, and strengthening relations between employees and management to the efforts of John Owens. With over 27 years of service, John becomes the longest tenured employee to retire wearing the IPG uniform. Dave Cox also states, “The knowledge and hard work that John Owens instilled into the organization of IPG will truly be missed. John has been an outstanding contributor to Team Precision for the past 27 years.” So today as a company, as a family we celebrate 27 Years of Precision Service for John Owens.
Some people never truly get to know their co-workers. All they may see is an individual they spend eight hours a day with five times a week. Our team will truly miss the man we have all come to know and respect in John Owens. Team IPG would like to say thank you John. Thank you for making an impact in all of our lives. Thank you for demonstrating true work-ethic, dedication, and always looking out for the crew you supervised. Thank you for all of the wisdom, knowledge, and stories that you have shared with all of us. We will truly miss you, but we do wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life.
Good luck, John, and congratulations from all of us at IPG!
If you would like to send your thoughts of gratitude or expressions of congrats to John, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may send a card addressed to John at 3101 Bertha St. Indianapolis, IN 46222. We will make sure he receives them.