Jack Sites, a shift supervisor at Wildeck Inc., a national manufacturer of mezzanines, vertical lifts and safety-guarding products, has been chosen as the 2010 Employee Owner of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Association. The highly competitive award is presented annually to an employee who exemplifies the highest standards of employee ownership through a dedication and commitment to company success.
Sites, who has been with Wildeck for nearly 28 years, is active in many of the company’s ESOP activities, according Keith Pignolet, president of Wildeck. Sites has made significant contributions to improve the company’s product quality, manufacturing methods and production processes, Pignolet said.
“As an ESOP owner, I try to apply my product and manufacturing knowledge to influence change and make things happen in the easiest, most cost-effective way,” said Sites. “At the end of the day, I want to make sure we remain profitable, especially during these tough economic times.”
Sites will now compete against employee owners from other state and regional chapters for the title “National Employee of the Year.” The winner of this award will be announced at the ESOP Association’s 32nd annual conference in Washington, D.C., in May.
Founded in 1978, the ESOP Association is a national trade organization representing more than 1,400 companies with employee stock ownership plans and is the leading voice for employee ownership in the United States. The Wisconsin Chapter represents 41 members.
Based in Waukesha, Wis., Wildeck is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, an ESOP company. The company’s products are used for the safe and efficient handling, storage, and protection of materials and personnel.