Having an experienced workforce often is a key factor to success in helping young companies grow, and it is one of the qualifications that led to David Young being named the new operations manager for SOMIC America. Tasked with the responsibility to oversee all aftermarket services, he reports to Peter Fox, senior vice president of sales.

“David has a world of experience in the manufacturing world. It made him an interesting choice for this position,” said Fox. “He’s a jack-of-all trades and has had success in many different management and supervisory positions. SOMIC America continues to grow, with more customers and greater responsibilities. David is the right person to help us maintain and handle that growth and what lies ahead.”

Young has 29 years of manufacturing experience, including recent Wisconsin stints as the manager of operations for an e-Commerce company and as the sales manager for a carton manufacturer. He’s also served as a general manager, plant manager, and in other supervisory positions, including as the fulfillment manager and partner for a contract manufacturing center.

Handling SOMIC’s aftermarket services, Young will engage customer involvement with oversight of customer technical support and the spare parts division.

“What intrigued me most about joining SOMIC America,” said Young, “was the opportunity to have a noticeable impact on the growth and success of a company. I believe the timing is perfect. With low employment, companies are increasingly turning to automation. SOMIC offers high quality, reliable and fast retail-ready machines with a small footprint, making it a perfect fit for our customers.”

During his free time, Young enjoys attending his children’s sporting events, doing home improvement projects, and devoting time to Junior Achievement. “A personal goal for being a part of Junior Achievement is to advocate for manufacturing as a career in our schools,” he said. “I don’t think it is promoted very well.”

Young is based at SOMIC America’s headquarters in Minnesota. He can be contacted via email: d.young@somic.us