Our May SuperSealer juggles a busy home life with an active work schedule – particularly since the recent re-organization. He shares his outlook on the future of the business, the main challenges he sees ahead, and what he enjoys most about his job.
Who are you?
My name is Smith McKee, and I am Managing Director of Trelleborg Seals & Profiles Americas.
How long have you been with Trelleborg? What do you like about working here?
I started in my current position in January of this year, following the merger with the business unit Pipe Seals, though I’ve been the managing director for Sealing Profiles in the Americas since 2008. Going back further, I joined the Trelleborg family in 2006, when EPG was acquired. I started working at EPG in June 2001, so I’ve been with the business for almost 18 years.
What I enjoy most about Trelleborg is being able to work with so many great people and being part of a global business. It’s exposed me to different cultures and parts of the world and broadened my perspective on how people work together and do business across different countries and cultures.
What are the key challenges you face in your job?
It’s an exciting time to be at Trelleborg and the re-organization puts us in a great position to further strengthen our position in North America. The opening of our new state-of-the-art facility in Aurora, Ohio, comes at a great time, and our main challenge will be developing our employees and preparing them for our ambitious growth plans.
How do you see your business area evolving in the future? How are you preparing for this?
Our plan is to continue expanding, exploring opportunities in new markets and segments of the industry. Trelleborg is known for the quality of its products and services, and our new manufacturing facility will optimize production flow to the benefit of our customers. So, we look forward to further developing our business, working closely with existing customers and new ones.
Our new Aurora site, which covers a total of 15,160 square meters/156,000 square feet, produces extruded sealing profiles using leading-edge manufacturing processes. We have two older sites in Milford and Bonne Terre, and two sites in Mexico to complete our portfolio. I’m pleased to say that we have great people working for us and we’re always looking for new blood to join our team.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
As a father to a 12-year-old and two teenagers, most of my free time is devoted to family life. It’s a busy time for my wife and me, as we try to keep up with all of the kids’ different activities, but we still find time to travel and stay active. Personally, I love to ski in the winter and I attempt to play golf in the summer. I’ve started doing CrossFit to keep in shape between seasons, which I really enjoy.