Leadership Tomorrow speakers: Trust builds industry worldwide
By Tracy Overstreet
Leadership Tomorrow participants shared in some big business secrets Thursday.
The key to building a worldwide industry starts with small-town family values — the core of which is trust.
“Even though we are a global company and do business all around the world, the mindset we take into any relationship we have is the small-town values that we build on and live by every day,” said Doug Fargo, president and chief financial officer of Global Industries.
Global is the parent company of several divisions that manufacture grain storage and handling products. Those divisions include Hutchinson/Mayrath, MFS/York/Stormor, Brownie Products, NECO, Sentinel Buildings and Global Treatment systems.
Global does business in 50 countries around the world and has operations in the United States, Russia, Thailand, Argentina and South Africa. It’s world headquarters is in Grand Island at 1924 E. Fourth St.
“Even though we do business in a lot of different countries, people like to do business the same way we do it in Grand Island — the same way we are used to in Nebraska,” Fargo said. “People you can trust, people that you have a relationship with, people that you know when they tell you something’s going to get done, it gets done.”
“It’s that trust factor,” said Jon Sazama, the international customer service manager for Global Industries. “It’s when you can go in face-to-face and they can trust what you’re saying.”
It also means following through on being able to meet stringent criteria and always working to make things better.
That’s where Global’s Research and Development Center comes in. Fargo said the center and its attached testing yard that can hold full-size units of all the Global division products was the brainchild of engineer Volkan Kebeli.
The testing yard holds small and large bins, catwalks, dryers, and bucket elevators.
MFS division President Dan Faltin said the testing yard is a great way for the company to see the real-world application of their products and to tweak any needed changes before it ever goes to market — or to make upgrades as manufacturing methods improve.
Such testing has resulted in what he called superior grain storage bins that have stronger roofs and sidewalls and provide better weather protection for grain than those of many competitors. To make his point, he and other company officials led the 31-member Leadership Tomorrow class in small groups through part of the bin production process and then to a “Dare to Compare” display that provides side-by-side comparisons of MFS to its major competitors.
Ridged steel to add strength, tight-fitting straight steel for weather proofing and goose-necked top vents are all features on the MFS grain bins. Comparable bins from Sukup, GSI, Brock, Sioux and Chief sit nearby for a hands-on, sight-on measuring up session.
The Leadership Tomorrow group also saw a production area that has been cleared and ready for a new stiffener machine that will be arriving at the MFS production line in two weeks. It should be operational by year end.
It will step up production by about six times on the reinforcement steel used in the grain bins, officials said.
Global Industries has more than 600 employees worldwide, nearly one third of whom are in Grand Island.
The tour was one of three that Leadership Tomorrow had on Thursday to illustrate local economic development. Other tours were at combine manufacturing plant CNH and bullet manufacturer Hornady.
Doug Fargo, Global Industries president and CFO, speaks about his company Thursday afternoon as Leadership Tomorrow class members tour Global Industries as part of an “Economic Development/Fueling the Economic Engine” tour of local manufacturers. (Independent/Barrett Stinson)
Seen through a hatch opening in a grain bin eave, Dan Faltin, MFS division president (right), describes an aspect of a company product Thursday afternoon as Leadership Tomorrow class members, including (from left) Joan McCarthy of Central Community College, Michala Soundy of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce, John Posey of Five Points Bank and Max Luber of Heritage Bank, tour Global Industries as part of an “Economic Development/Fueling the Economic Engine” tour of local manufacturers. (Independent/Barrett Stinson)
Reflected in standing water from Wednesday’s rain and snow, Leadership Tomorrow class members tour Global Industries as part of an “Economic Development/Fueling the Economic Engine” tour of local manufacturers. (Independent/Barrett Stinson)