Ben Austin was recently recognised by Alpha Manufacturing for reaching his twentieth year with the company.
Ben joined Alpha back in 2000 as a programmer and has since gathered a wealth of experience in sheet metal fabrication, having worked in a variety of roles across the business. He quickly rose into management as Programming Manager before becoming NPI (New Product Introduction) Manager. The most recent of his roles being Quality Manager, which he became in August of this year.
His vast engineering knowledge and understanding of sheet metal programming, processes, machinery and quality makes him a truly valuable member of the Alpha team. Operations Manager Neal Lafford last week presented Ben with a gift of high street vouchers in recognition of his outstanding service over the past two decades.
“It’s with great pleasure that we can reward Ben with this gift for his long service. To have someone with such strong knowledge in our field, and also of our business is a massive benefit. Ben’s profile is testament to the way Alpha develop individuals and create a family of people heavily invested in the business to allow us to grow. With a further two long service awards to announce this month it definitely gives me confidence that we are doing things right!”
Alpha currently boasts an impressive group of veteran employees with fifteen years plus at the company, who have grown with the company as it has evolved. Alpha’s long service scheme aims to recognise and celebrate the importance of these key members who have contributed to Alpha’s evolution over the years.
Ben now takes his place in an exclusive but ever-growing club of employees with twenty years plus service. He took a moment to reflect on his time and the changes he’s seen.
“The growth of the company from where we were when I started is incredible really. We were on a different site until 2006 when we moved to our current facilities and the development in terms of capabilities and technology since then is amazing. Even after 20 years working in sheet metal fabrication, I’m still challenged every day. There’s always some kind of innovation or an engineering solution for the team to come up with. The funniest thing is that I see some of our young apprentices who are just starting out in their engineering careers, who weren’t even born when I started with Alpha!
Ben is currently focused on utilising his twenty years’ experience in his new role as Quality Manager, where he hopes to build on the good work done previously and maintain Alpha’s Quality standards across the board.