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The Faces of KION North America: Lori Yeargain, Inventory Control Specialist

What is your role at KION North America and how long have you been in the industry?

My position with KION North America is Inventory Control Specialist. I am part of the logistics team and my role is to help close production orders, handle material transfers, review and clear transaction reports, investigate, and resolve inventory issues.  I have worked for several manufacturing companies since the early 1990’s in production and logistics.

What made you want to go into this line of work?

I like logistics and warehousing as it is constantly changing in the moving of material, high energy, and different day to day.  This type of environment keeps me motivated and keeps my days interesting.

What does your typical day look like at KION North America?

My day usually starts reviewing the reports I’ve been assigned to and addressing errors found.  I work with the logistic team members to resolve inventory issues they may run into throughout the day.  I help the planning team expedite production orders as well as help resolve inventory issues that may arise and prevent completion of the trucks. I work with engineering to complete part changes on the production floor when engineering changes are made. I perform weekly cycle counts and address issues found. I monitor and keep record of discrepancies found and update our KPI charts.  Inventory is constantly moving physically and systematically, which can create room for error, so my day is filled with different things to investigate and resolve.  I work with all departments that need my assistance as issues arise.

If someone were interested in entering the material handling industry, what advice would you give them?

The most important facet of working with material in warehouses is the part number.  Always, always look at the whole part number, not just the last or first few numbers. There could be one number difference that you miss in the middle that just caused you to make an error. Also, warehouse 101 – always label part numbers clearly on items put away in a warehouse for the team member that has to come behind you to find their parts.

What do you like best about working at KION North America?

What I like the best about KION North America has been the facility itself. This is the cleanest and most organized manufacturing plant and warehouse I have ever worked in, and I have worked in a few.  I also appreciate the opportunity to advance to the position I am in now as it is challenging and keeps me happy.  I really enjoy my job.

The Faces of KION North America: Sandra Green, Quality Inspector

What is your role at KION North America and how long have you been in the industry?

I am a Quality Inspector and in March I will have been with KION North America for 15 years.

What made you want to go into this line of work?

Prior to coming to KION North America, I worked at a company in Charleston for 20 years.  During that time, many companies were moving their facilities to Mexico and my employer was one of them that resulted in my being laid off.  I would pass by KION North America all the time in route to my in-laws and I told my husband I was claiming a job there by faith.  After two interviews I was hired, which was one of the happiest days of my life!  Back then, my job was a button-up person where I was responsible for cleaning the truck.  After a few years, an opportunity came along for the position of Quality Inspector.  I applied and was awarded the position and have been in this role ever since.

What does your typical day look like at KION North America?

When a truck arrives in the final inspection area, I check to make sure the serial number matches with the paperwork assigned to that truck.  I go through the paperwork check list to make sure everything is on the truck that the customer ordered and I do a function test of the truck which consists of driving, checking windshield wipers, lights, backup alarm, and the hydraulic functions.  After my checks, I make a data plate for that specific truck which consists of capacity information and the weight and serial number.  We have a stencil machine that does that where we just key in the info and it makes the plate.  I then put on the safety/warning labels on the truck.  Every truck must have these decals, and if a truck needs stencils we do that also.  I clean the truck “button-up” with various solvents, shine the tires, then I’m ready to take pictures of the truck from all four sides, including lights, blue lights, data plate, and s/n’s for reference in case we have some discrepancies.  Then I place a green tag on the truck verifying that everything is complete.  I put all the truck info in our data base and then I move on to the next truck.

If someone were interested in entering the material handling industry, what advice would you give them?

I would say come on!  It’s a great company to work for, and you have an opportunity to grow in the company when new positions come along.

What do you like best about working at KION North America?

I love the people.  We are a great team!  I not only love the people I work with, but I love KION North America as a whole.  I respect everyone and everyone respects me.  I guess I’m known as the mom of the group!

The Faces of KION North America: Becky Heck, Receiving Clerk/Logistics

What is your role at KION North America and how long have you been in the industry?

I am the receiving clerk.  I have been in warehousing for about 30 years.  I have been with KION North America for almost 8 years.

What made you want to go into this line of work?

I started working in production years ago in Georgia and moved to the warehouse because it was busier and always something different.

What does your typical day look like at KION North America?

Busy!  We always have trucks in the door!  I check in all the shipments that arrive at KION North America. Small UPS packages to containers filled with parts from all over the world.

If someone were interested in entering the material handling industry, what advice would you give them?

Always keep an eye out for safety and try to make things better for the next guy that may be touching the items you have been working on.

What do you like best about working at KION North America?

They try to promote from within the company. That keeps your turnover down and gives people motivation.