[/text_output][text_output]For Mike Sherer, there’s nothing like a challenge – even after 43 years on the job.
Sherer is a flange operator at Brighton Tru-Edge, and he started with the company in 1973. He says one of the main reasons he’s enjoyed such a long career with Brighton is the unlimited supply of challenges he has to solve in his role.
“As a flange operator, you have to like a challenge,” Sherer says. “Nothing is automatic. You have to rely on your experience and use your judgment to achieve the quality our customers expect and that we demand of ourselves at Brighton.”
Sherer remembers one project in particular where experience was crucial. The job involved a quarter-inch aluminum flanged-only head. Aluminum is a soft metal and is at risk of warping in the flanging machine. The Brighton team knew the project presented a unique challenge – the kind of job that was perfect for Sherer.
“You learn how the different metals react. For example, you can push harder on stainless steel than you can on carbon steel,” Sherer says. “We have to maintain certain specifications, and I know what’s acceptable. That only comes with experience.”
Sherer says he’s benefited from Brighton’s supportive culture, and learning from the experts who were there before him. He does his part to pass along the wisdom he’s accumulated over four decades to the next generation of wokers.
“I’ve worked with some teammates early in my career who inspired me,” Sherer says. “Everybody here is willing to share. You take what you know and pass it on and pass it down. You’ll never get turned away if you’re asking for help.”
Around the shop, Sherer is always setting an example for others with his strong work ethic. Brighton Plant Manager Bruce Knolle calls Sherer “Mr. Consistent” and marvels at his dedication to such a demanding craft. Hammoor knows Brighton and its customers benefit from the expertise of craftsmen such as Sherer.
“It takes years to master what Sherer does so skillfully,” Maintenance Director Matt Herdemann says. “That’s exciting to know he’s still interested in the challenges he finds on the job over the course of such a long and successful career.”
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