Company Spotlight is a dynamic series meant to highlight stories of the amazing individuals working at TruFood. From the production personnel, to maintenance technicians, engineers, procurement managers, demand planners, line leaders, accountants, and beyond, every story is aimed at getting to the heart of our team so that you can get to know us a little bit better and understand why our employees are the most important ingredient in our recipe for success.
In this edition, meet Mike Kellar. Mike has been with us for about one year and is based in our Pittsburgh facility. Below is an interview conducted with Mike to get to know more about him.
- What is your role here at TruFood MFG and how long have you worked here?
Corporate Health and Safety Manager, I have been working at the company for about 1 year.
- What led you to your career here at Trufood MFG?
I worked as a Health and Safety Director in the water filtration industry for many years. My prior employer made the corporate decision to shut down the Pittsburgh office so my job was transferred to Chicago. Being a life long Pittsburgher, I decided to stay in Pittsburgh and started a job search. The TruFood job was a very close fit as there are many similarities between the water and food industries.
- What does your job entail?
The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for monitoring the working conditions to ensure the company is in compliance with local, state and federal health and safety regulations. I also support our management team to ensure our employees are safe.
- What is a work-related accomplishment that you are really proud of?
Reducing accidents and creating a strong safety culture throughout the organization. The number of workers’ compensation claims are significantly lower this year than last.
- Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I love white water rafting. I have taken two amazing white water rafting vacations and look forward to more in the future.
- When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a race car driver.
- What is your personal philosophy or mantra?
My personal philosophy is: “It takes leadership to improve safety.”