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Employee Spotlight: February 2022

Sean Bass, Coatings Specialist

Shop Coatings Division

 

What is something your co-workers may not know about you?

When I was 13, our 13 year old South Gibson All-Star team with players from North Posey and Gibson Southern made it to the Babe Ruth World Series played in Jamestown, New York. To get there, we won the Indiana State Championship and the Ohio Valley Regional Championship.

What are your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobbies are travel softball, spending time with family, and playing different sports with my kids.

Before working at Nix, what was the most unusual or interesting job you ever had?

My last job I worked at a company that made windshields for cars.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

My favorite thing about Nix is the competitive environment, people, and family atmosphere.

Are you married?

No, but I’ve been dating the mother of my children since I was 19 years old.

Do you have kids?

I have 2 boys and 2 step-sons.

What has been your favorite project you’ve designed or worked on so far at Nix?

My favorite project I have worked on would be a race car we powder coated lollipop lime.

Where did you go to school or training?

I went to North Posey High School.

Tell us a funny or embarrassing story while you were at work.

I kept trying to move our gantry system with the garage door openers instead of the right remote for the system. I tried two different garage door openers.  Brad laughed a lot about that.

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Heavy Machining Recent Projects Shop Services Team

Bevel Gears

Northend Gear & Machine Division manufactured a few bevel gears for a contracting customer in Kentucky. The gears were cut on our Gleason machine, which is great at ensuring repeatable high quality standards. View the pictures attached below to see the process and precision in the outcome.
 
Northend Gear & Machine was acquired in 2021 by Nix and is located in Fairfield, Ohio. The Division specializes in machining, gear manufacturing, gearbox repair and rebuilding, dynamic balancing, welding and fabrication, and also engineering. Check out our Northend Gear & Machine Division’s key assets and capabilities by following the link to their website: northendgears.com or call for help with your next project at (513) 860-4334.
 
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Sales Team

Jay Desnoyers

Jay Desnoyers

Regional East Sales Specialist

Jay joined the Nix team in February of 2022. Jay graduated from Bellarmine University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Prior to Nix, Jay has worked for manufacturing and construction companies as an Account Manager, Sales Representative, and Contractor. Through these roles, Jay has gained years of experience and knowledge in the industry as well as with project management, customer service, and problem solving. Jay’s drive and passion for his work are great core values to have as he works to build relationships with current and new customers in the Louisville, Lexington, Winchester, and Frankford area.

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Field Services Team

Julie Hartman

Julie Hartman

Office Manager

Julie joined the Nix team in October of 2021 through the acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine in Fairfield, OH. Julie began working for Northend in 2015, after being a stay-at-home mother for several years. Prior to this, Julie worked for a manufacturing company where she gained experience in finance, accounting, purchasing, and office management. Julie’s welcoming personality and compassion for the customers as well as team members are important characteristics to our company’s core values. We are excited Julie is a part of the Nix family.

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Field Services Team

Wayne Adams

Wayne Adams

Repair Shop Supervisor

Wayne joined the Nix team in October of 2021 through the acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine in Fairfield, OH. Wayne graduated from Butler Vocational School and started working for Northend at the beginning of the company’s journey in 1988. Wayne has 33 years of experience in gear manufacturing, machining, fabrication, and repairs. Wayne’s immense knowledge and years of experience within the industry makes him a great asset to continue the company’s growth as an operating division of Nix.

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Field Services Team

Dominic Ratcliff

Dominic Ratcliff

Machine Shop Foreman

Dominic joined the Nix team in October of 2021 through the acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine in Fairfield, OH. Dominic graduated from Western Governors University with a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology. At a job previous of Northend, Dominic was a Control’s Engineer, where he gained experience in information technology (IT) and operation systems. Dominic’s father, Duane Ratcliff, is one of the three original founders of Northend Gear & Machine, which was established in 1988. In 2006, Dominic began working for Northend Gear & Machine and now, is the Machine Shop Foreman. Dominic is currently enrolled at Youngstown State University working towards his MBA in Leadership. Dominic’s drive for success and leadership characteristics are core values that will help our company forge ahead. We are excited to continue his father’s work under the Nix family name.

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Dave Shope

Dave Shope

Site Manager

Dave joined the Nix team in October of 2021 through the acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine in Fairfield, OH. Dave graduated from Hamilton Ohio Vocational Machine Shop and has over 45 years of shop experience. In 1988, Dave began Northend Gear & Machine as one of three founders in the business and remained in the position for 33 years. Dave brings extensive knowledge of gear manufacturing, machining, fabrication, project management, and a wealth of experience in the industry. We are excited to carry on his work under the Nix family name.

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Jeff Seither

Jeff Seither

Shipping / Receiving / Quality Control

Jeff joined the Nix team in October of 2021 through the acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine in Fairfield, OH. Before Jeff came to Northend, he spent 12 years working for an electrical supply distributor, where he worked his way up from a Delivery Driver to Sales Specialist, then to Purchasing / Inventory Manager, and finally as an Operations Supervisor. Jeff took the experience he had gained to Northend and has remained there for 17 years. Jeff started working for Northend in the Repairs Department. After the first 5 years, he switched to the quality control and logistics side of the business. Jeff helps keep our customers’ minds at ease by ensuring the products arrive to their final destination and meet quality and efficiency standards.