Ace Wire Spring & Form Hires Rose George
As Its New Engineering Sales Manager
Ace Wire Spring & Form Company, Inc., a McKees Rocks manufacturer of custom precision springs, recently announced that Rose George joined the company as the new Engineering Sales Manager, bringing to the position a diverse background of experience, including engineering, sales, supply chain and customer services.
Previously, she served as a Process Engineer with All-Clad Metalcrafters and before that, as an Engineer at Swagelok Company. She has also worked directly under Bob McCormick, the former Engineering Sales Manager at Ace, as an Engineering Intern at Global Environmental Management.
While working with McCormick as an Engineering Intern at Global Environmental Management, George assisted in creating project proposals, bidding on jobs, and performing sales calls. She helped review piping and instrumentation diagrams and updated floor layouts in AutoCAD.
Made in PA wanted to learn more about George, her background and what she will be doing at Ace. Here’s what she had to say:
Made in PA: Hi Rose! First, tell us about your background and how you came to Ace.
Rose George: After earning my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Robert Morris University, I moved to Cleveland where I spent a few years working at Swagelok. I returned home to Pittsburgh in 2014, when I landed a contract with All-Clad Metalcrafters as a Process Engineer. While I was in college, I preformed an internship under Bob McCormick, the previous Sales Manager, and kept in touch with him throughout my career. One day I gave him a call to say hello and he informed me of his retirement and encouraged me to apply for his position. I’ve always considered going into sales, and viola! This was my opportunity!
MIPA: We are glad that you are back in Pittsburgh! What’s a typical day as an engineering sales manager? What gets you charged up to come to work every day?
RG: The demands of this position are different every day. Some days I am on the road visiting clients, while other days I am in the office addressing customer concerns, following up on quotes and just doing what I can to ensure our clients are happy with the service we are providing them.
The reason I made the switch from engineering to sales is because I always found myself most energized when I was working with people. Sure, engineering projects were interesting, but I wanted something more customer facing. This position gives me that. I have constant interaction with our clients and my sales representatives and I absolutely love it!
MIPA: Tell us about some of the challenges and how you overcome them.
RG: My biggest challenges and their solutions all boil down to communication. Incorrect pricing on purchase orders, difficulties connecting with people, discrepancies on shipment dates - these are just a few of issues I have come across so far. Perhaps it’s the engineer in me, but I approach all of these issues with the same sort of method: understand the problem, gather all of the information, develop one or multiple solutions and then work with the appropriate people to establish a mutual agreement.
MIPA: How do you see Ace and manufacturing in general evolving?
RG: Innovation is key in the world of manufacturing. New technologies are constantly being developed and it’s exciting to see what the next big thing is going to be. Ace recently invested in a new piece of equipment to improve our efficiency. Moving forward, we will have to continue to incorporate new technology and embrace change to identify and implement cost saving solutions.
MIPA: How can we inspire more people to pursue careers in manufacturing?
RG: Awareness is a major factor here. Initiatives need to be taken to inform people about manufacturing in general and the opportunities it provides. For younger generations in particular, it is important to educate students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as they are going through school to get their minds thinking about manufacturing. I have worked STEM summer camps and organized engineering workshops for elementary and high school students throughout college. The excitement created during hands-on activities is priceless. It turns “nerdy” into fun and raises interest in the subject.
MIPA: So tell us about your passions outside of manufacturing and engineering.
RG: Traveling tops the list as my number one passion! I love getting out of the comfort zone that I call “home” and seeing new places and new faces. Traveling is a chance to share stories, make new friends and grow. There is so much out there and it’s amazing how different a place just an hour away from home can be. I’ve learned that keeping an open mind can be extremely eye-opening and give you a new appreciation for different cultures and ways of life. Keeping this mindset has provided me with some amazing experiences. Aside from traveling, I enjoy camping, painting, crafting, reading and simply spending time with the people who mean the most to me.
Ace Wire Spring & Form Company (www.acewirespring.com) has manufactured custom precision springs for diverse applications since 1939. The ISO certified company develops and manufactures a wide variety of compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs, and wire forms.