Heath Thompson is a 3rd shift press-side supervisor who leads and supports press-side crews to produce good quality products safely for our customers. He has been with Great Northern for almost twenty years. Heath has already learned enough to assist on any machine on the press side. Heath says that one of the reasons he took the promotion was to learn more. To be an effective leader, Heath needed his team to teach him. He continually asks questions and carries a notebook to learn more. He has gained mutual respect from his team due to his experience and openness to learning. He said, “I can learn and lead all at the same time.”
When asked about what he enjoys most about Great Northern, Heath replied, “I like doing what I do. I like working with my hands and seeing the finished product. It’s great to see all the parts come together. I like to think about how Great Northern can make its products and how we can retain our customers.” Heath also feels that if one fails, we all fail. He takes pride in getting things done as a team, even if he needs to pitch in. For example, when the bander is backing up, he will jump on the forklift and assist in keeping the entire line from going down.
Heath is pretty excited about the future. “From sales to our service groups to production, we have a great team.”