Analytical thinking helps VEKA CEO Joe Peilert set the course
November 30, 2015 by VEKA Inc
Joe Peilert's analytical skills were sharpened early on his career path to becoming CEO of VEKA Inc., which is the Fombell, Penn. -based U.S. operation for Germany's VEKA AG — the world's largest vinyl window profile designer and extruder.
Hired in 1997 to bring the principles of lean manufacturing to an office environment at Freudenberg-NOK in Plymouth, Mich., the 30-year-old Peilert found himself optimizing the duties of people working at desks and going to meetings as opposed to machine cycle times and product inventory.
At his next job, Peilert met a mentor with an innate business savvy who taught him about going with gut instincts. The back-to-back positions were important stepping stones that helped Peilert to advance to the C-suite in pretty quick order.
Today, with 631 employees, VEKA has exceeded its pre-recession workforce, adding more than 200 people from the recession low point. The company has seen three years of "strong" double-digit growth. Estimated sales are $145 million and the company ranks No. 31 among pipe, profile and tubing extruders in North America, according to Plastics News' 2015 ranking.
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