Wilo USA, a provider of pumps and pump solutions for building services, water management, and groundwater, is proud to announce that employee Paulina Tompea has been recognized as the November 2016 “Faces of Manufacturing” by the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech.
Faces of Manufacturing in Georgia selects one manufacturing professional each month to recognize based on his or her work and leadership in the industry.
Source: Wilo USA
Tompea is the Plant Manager at Wilo’s Thomasville, Georgia facility. Her unique and diverse career experiences, as well as her lifelong commitment to building stronger teams and processes and driving the success of individuals were all factors in her being named the Face of Manufacturing for November.
Tompea’s unique career path began in Timişoara, Romania, where she completed her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. Due to the fall of the Communist government, United States companies began to open in Romania.
Tompea accepted a job at a newly-opened McDonald’s restaurant as a store manager, where her leadership experiences helped shape her management style throughout her career. Subsequently, she gained experience leading a business unit of nearly 1000 people at Solectron Electronics, another American company that had recently opened in Romania.
Tompea relocated to the United States and first accepted a position at an electronics assembly plant in Arizona. In 2007, she moved to Cairo, Georgia and became the Plant Manager for Wilo’s Thomasville facility. Tompea’s work in implementing the Wilo Production system (WPS), which adapts principles of Lean manufacturing, helped transform the plant’s processes. Tompea and her team conducted projects with WPS Group support and GaMEP to streamline the plant layout, put up controls for visual processes, and provide cross-training.
“I’m driven by success and the success of other people,” Tompea explains. “It’s why working in manufacturing where there is the opportunity for constant improvement is so gratifying. To see people change and grow is the biggest success you can have.”
Tompea’s work at the Thomasville plant has made her team a benchmark of success for Wilo.