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Employee Spotlight: April 2022

Ryan Schmitt, Senior Machinist

Gear & Machine Division – Princeton

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

My co-workers may not know that one of my hobbies is working on model trains.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy camping and boating with my family as well as making cornhole boards.

Where did you go to school or training?

I went Evansville Memorial for High School and also completed a 4-year apprenticeship in machining.

Are you married?

Yes, coming up on 15 years.

Do you have kids?

I have 3 step-children.

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

I worked for a machining company that made items for ARs and a lot of cool things for the government. A lot of things I can’t talk about.

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

Early on when I first started, I was cleaning one of the machines and fell into the grease pit. I was
covered in grease the rest of the day from head-to-toe. At the time I didn’t think it was funny, but I guess I can laugh at it now.

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Employee Spotlight: March 2022

Kyle Attebury, Corporate Sales Manager

Nix Companies

 

 

What are your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobbies include spending time with my family, being involved with sports, and working out.

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

I once helped run a business that worked with local area schools to help them set up and fulfill fundraisers.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

My favorite thing about Nix is the family atmosphere and how competitive everyone is.  I truly love the culture that is continuing to be built.

Are you married?

Yes, to my amazing wife Brittany.

Do you have kids?

I three kids – a 6 year old, a 5 year old, and a 2 year old.

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

We do a lot of great projects at Nix, but my favorite part is being able to help support a growing sales team.

Where did you go to school or training?

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oakland City University in Business Administration, Management, and Operations.

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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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Employee Spotlight: January 2022

Terry Kempf, Welder

Structural Fabrication Division

 

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

I almost didn’t become a welder.  My original plan was to get my CDL and drive.  When that didn’t work out, I  went to school and started taking my intro to welding classes and loved it!

What are your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobbies are fishing, camping, spending time with my girlfriend and friends, riding motorcycles, and playing video games.

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

My last job was definitely the most interesting job I have ever had.  I worked at Working Distributors in Evansville for two years as a merchandiser, going into just about every store, gas station, and liquor store stocking beer onto the shelves.  I have met every kind of person you can think of.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

My favorite thing about Nix has to be the people I work with.  No matter what’s going on, they can always lift you up and put a smile on your face.

Are you married?

I’m not married, but I have been in my current relationship for over two years now, and I’m a very lucky man!

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

My favorite project I have worked on would have to be the Dowell Springs job.  Some of the small columns had 1″ filler on them and I like to challenge myself to do my best on whatever I am working on.

Where did you go to school or training?

I got my Associate’s degree for welding at Ivy Tech Community College.

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

One day I was welding up in the main bay with Derek Greene.  We were sharing the crane to roll and load the beams of the current job we were working on. While he was welding, I hooked the remote to the chains and raised it as high as I could.  He tried so hard to get it get it down but couldn’t.  He was a good sport about it so I casually walked over and got the remote down for him.

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Employee Spotlight: November 2021

Evan Marchino, Machinist

Heritage Machining Division


What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy spending time boating with my friends and family at Patoka Lake.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

The people.  Everyone lifts each other up and there is a lot of camaraderie.

Where are you originally from?

I am from Petersburg Indiana.

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

I qualified for state in swimming while in high school.

Where did you go to school or training?

I went to High School at Pike Central and then went to Vincennes University.

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Employee Spotlight: October 2021

Robert McHugh, Welder/Fabricator

Custom Fabrication Division

 

What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with my dad, shooting guns, and riding out on his property.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

You have a lot of freedom, but there is great leadership.

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on at Nix?

I have enjoyed working on the grizzly grates for the coal mines.

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in Lansing, IL which is right outside of Chicago.

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

I used to skateboard and BMX.

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Employee Spotlight: September 2021

Casey  McMillan, Mobile Services Foreman

Repairs & Maintenance Division

 

What are your favorite hobbies?

Anything outdoors including dirt bike riding and horseback riding with my family.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

The people.  We all work towards a common goal and are hard workers.

Are you married?

Yes.

Do you have any children?

Yes, I have two daughters.

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on at Nix?

I have enjoyed projects where it’s all on me.  I show up at a job site with a torch, a welder, and some metal and I have to use problem solving to create something truly custom.

Where did you go to school or training?

North Posey and Ivy Tech.

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Employee Spotlight: August 2021

Caleb Dessauer, Shop Coatings Specialist

Shop Coatings Division

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

Before I was born, my parents really wanted a girl so they bought all kinds of girl clothes.  Therefore, for the first month of my life, I had to wear girl clothes.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Foraging, bookbinding, and hiking.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

The people I work with.

Are you married?

Yes.

Do you have any children?

Yes, – 2.

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on at Nix?

When I first started, I got to work on sandblasting window mounts for the Empire State Building.

Where did you go to school or training?

North Posey and Ivy Tech.

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

I tracked turtles for the DNR.

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Employee Spotlight: July 2021

Ismael Bañuelos, Field Coatings Specialist

Field Coatings Division

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

I studied to be a mechanical engineer in Mexico.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy fishing and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

The people.  They all accepted me as soon as I joined the team and we like to have fun and joke around.

Are you married?

Yes.

Do you have any children?

Yes.

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on at Nix?

I’ve enjoyed working on the project in Lexington and getting to do a little out of town work.

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Employee Spotlight: June 2021

Bryce Matthews, Machinist

Heritage Machining Division

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

I have my best friend’s mom’s name tattooed on me.  She bet me I wouldn’t do it so I had to!

What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy all types of hunting – especially competition coon hunting.  I also enjoy watching dirt track racing, boating, and spending time with my fiancée.

Where did you go to school or training?

Princeton Community High School
Vincennes University

What is your favorite thing about working at Nix Companies?

The camaraderie and atmosphere.  Most days are very laid back and my co-workers are more like friends.  The Heritage Machining Division group is very close since we are so small.

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

Scrapping metal in high school and college.

Are you married?

Not yet but will be Nov. 6th, 2021.

Do you have any children?

No.

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on at Nix?

The machine work on a large hoist we did for a customer.  There were lots of big components that I got to machine.  I also like doing the one-off parts that walk-in customers bring to us and need re-made.

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

My first day at Nix I was given a job of turning a very simple part on the lathe.  It had been three years since I had machined anything and I had forgotten which tool I needed to turn the part. I asked a co-worker for help and he questioned if I was actually a machinist or not.  He hasn’t let me live that day down.