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SCOTT LUEDKE

Scott Luedke

2001

FILTRONA � INTERN

2003

FILTRONA EXTRUSION CHICAGO � PROJECT MANAGER

2004

FILTRONA EXTRUSION CHICAGO � INTERNAL SALES

2005

FILTRONA EXTRUSION CHICAGO � EXTERNAL SALES

2006

FILTRONA EXTRUSION CHICAGO � QUALITY & MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING MANAGER

2006

FILTRONA EXTRUSION CHICAGO � PLANT MANAGER

2008

GROUP HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR, AMERICAS

The great thing about a career with Filtrona is the variety of opportunities available to you and I think my profile illustrates this perfectly.

Despite the fact I had graduated with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology & Plastics Engineering Technology, I joined the graduate development program as a Project Manager with Filtrona Extrusion in Chicago. This meant I was responsible for initiating quotations to customers, taking the projects the sales representatives brought in and seeing them through to final production. The experience gave me the taste to go into external sales, and I immediately took the opportunity to make the switch in December 2004 when a position came free. However, just a few months later, another position opened up that I knew would enable me to use more of my background in engineering, something I was keen to explore. Once again Filtrona had the organisation in place to make the opportunity available and I jumped at the chance to become the Quality & Manufacturing Engineering Manager with Filtrona Extrusion, the position I'm now in.

The best part about my job is definitely the people I get to work with. I could not imagine a stronger team than the one that I'm currently working with. As much support as I provide them, they share with me ten times over. I believe we're some of the most creative, innovative and motivated employees in the organisation and this brings with it an excitement to constantly strive to both do, and be, better.

My role expanded in January 2006 and now includes all Environmental Health and Safety aspects of the operation. My responsibilities now include overseeing all the aspects of the quality function, communicating with customers about their requests or complaints, developing newer and more efficient processes to improve our profitability and safety and overseeing all aspects regarding the health and safety of our employees and contractors. This includes leading our monthly crew meetings and providing ongoing training to all employees. It�s quite a challenge, but one I relish. That's another aspect of a career here: they definitely give you as much responsibility as you can handle. It's not a place where you stand still that�s for sure.

In July 2007 I assumed responsibility of operating the location as Plant Manager, a role which brought with it a steep learning curve, but also a more in-depth knowledge of how our operation works.

And to bring things right up to date, in April 2008 I was appointed as Group Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator – Americas.

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