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Spotlight: Kellie Ecker

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Helping us out in the northeast part of South Dakota is Kellie Ecker. Kellie is our business advisor located in Aberdeen and works closely with manufacturers in that area. Kellie’s experience in all aspects of business allows her to serve the MTS team and South Dakota manufacturers in an important way. Her diligence and inquisitive personality prove to be successful attributes as she works with our clients. More on Kellie here:

What do you do at South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions?

I am a business advisor covering the northeastern part of the state. However, depending on the project or training, I am available to businesses and manufacturers across South Dakota.

What do you love most about your job?

I love being able to go into a manufacturing plant and learn about their history, what they make and how they make it. I like to think of it like South Dakota’s own version of Discovery Channel’s “How it’s Made”. Then, being able to work with these companies to improve and become more competitive is incredibly rewarding.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

“Follow the recipe.”  The way in which to perform tasks or carry out training to get the desire outcome is to “follow the recipe." I would liken it to the importance of an athlete learning the fundamentals of their sport.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

I am an avid trap shooter, hunter and fisherman.

What’s your favorite thing about Manufacturing Month?

 It is an opportunity for manufacturers across the nation to showcase what they do and educate family, friends, students, educators, potential employees and others about the great opportunities that manufacturing affords. South Dakota has some pretty incredible manufacturers that create and make some amazing things! Unlike retail businesses where foot traffic is the norm, most people do not have an occasion to walk through the doors of our local manufacturing facilities. Therefore, they are left in the dark about what goes on behind those same doors. Consequently, parents and educators who do not understand the width and breadth of opportunities our manufacturing community holds are unable to share it with our young people. If you have an opportunity to tour a manufacturing plant, I encourage you to do so!

 



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