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Help! Wanted?
Posted on 04/29/2021

Did the sign get your attention?. The sign was displayed by a local manufacturer in the 1960’s to attract job applicants.

Here at Micron, we’ve had a recent focus on our interviewing process, especially since our business has rebounded. We need help, but the right help (regardless of gender). Values and traits that include integrity, honesty, respect, positivity, and dependability are critical to our culture at Micron. Not only that, but to the culture we bring home to our families at the end of the day. The interviewing process consists of two discussions with the candidate: values and then skills. Questions like: “What are three (3) positive things your prior / current employer would say about you?” and “What would you like to see changed at your last job?” help us understand how the candidate would fit working at Micron with others. Skills and experience are important, but if the candidates’ values are not in sync with our culture, it is simply not a good fit. And in the end, if a company is held in high regard in the community as a great place to work, candidates will seek to apply. If you want to learn more about career opportunities with Micron, call 616.453.5486.

-Mike Preston, Micron's President


The Importance of Standardizing
Posted on 03/24/2021

Exciting news here at Micron! We're proud to announce the delivery of a new CNC lathe. This Miyano 2" diameter lathe is the second of two within the last 7 months - not necessarily to add capacity or capability. But to STANDARDIZE PLATFORMS.

It is an important lesson learned after purchasing two CNC lathes several years ago with similar capabilities and from different machine builders. Tooling was not interchangeable, programming language dissimilar and when service was necessary, it came from one of two machine builder distributors.This time, the people who work set-up and produce the products (machinists) were included in the decision making! It seems elementary, but obviously we missed that input years ago.

What else has this impacted? Training time (same distributor and trainer) and knowledge retention (same programming and tooling). Now, in our 69th year of 3rd generation business, Micron continues to grow, learn and “standardize”.

- Mike Preston, Micron's President


Putting Our "Why" Into Action
Posted on 02/23/2021

In my last post, I introduced Why We Exist: To impact individual growth so we can together strengthen and grow our families and community. So, how does that look when put into action? And how can we use it to better the people and environment around us?

Like anything else in life (your faith, golf swing, distance running, etc.), you have to practice and be intentional if you want to improve. Here at Micron, we follow that same mentality - day in and day out. We continually identify and observe behavior that supports and reinforces our “why”. And, if there are missed opportunities, we identify those as well. Because every opportunity is a chance to learn, improve and grow.

So, what's a good example of this? A machinist approaches you (a coworker) for help troubleshooting a machine process not meeting spec. You listen, share your knowledge to remedy the problem, coach and help them grow their skills. My father, Ed (pictured), was that guy. He took every opportunity he could to help others reach their full potential, while influencing positive behavior and impacting the overall company culture around him. Take the same situation; but instead, you grumble, inform the person how busy you are and go fix the problem without any explanation. This is a missed opportunity. An opportunity to help an individual grow and to lead by example for others. It’s obvious which person supports and reinforces our "why", helping the company grow so we can all “strengthen and grow our families and community” together.

Our culture is strong here at Micron, but we constantly remind ourselves not to take it for granted. Because, just like a golf swing, there's always room for improvement. With practice and intention, we use our "why" every single day to bring out the best in ourselves, in others and in the company.

-Mike Preston, Micron's President