Employee Spotlight: John E.

A&J Manufacturing has some impressive employees in our ranks. The Employee Spotlight series aims to highlight the talented individuals who work here. Each month, we’ll be featuring an interview here on the blog and on our social accounts.


How long have you been with A&J, and what do you do here?
I’ve worked at A&J since 1989, so 32 years. I used computer-aided design software to develop, test and improve A&J’s product designs. I work directly with our customers to research and modify existing products to improve performance and ensure that our racks meet their design requirements. One of my projects that stands out was a 6-bay cabinet assembly involving two trips to Lockheed Martin’s offices for design review meetings.

What aspect of your role at A&J do you like the most?
Engineering requires an innovative approach to problem solving and intuition, which means my brain is challenged on a daily basis. I get to be creative. The basics never change, but there are always little quirks on each project. And I love that my job allows me to see the project at all stages: from the initial calculations through construction, creation and commissioning.

What is on your wish list for the next 5-10 years with A&J?
I’m lucky that my position is one that keeps me engaged and interested. Because engineering is so adaptable, I hope to continue improving both my technical and soft skills.


Please share a random fact about yourself. I’m creating a 35-gallon saltwater reef aquarium, including a Klines Butterfly and a Blenny fish; to help keep things clean.
If you could another job for a day, what would you do? A handyman
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? My wife’s enchilada casserole
What’s your motto? “Always help people”
What advice would you give to a new hire? Have patience
What is on your bucket list? Travel to Spain and Portugal

Understanding each of our teammates’ unique interests, skills, and experiences helps keeps our minds open. Stay tuned for more A&J Employee Spotlights!

1 Comment

  1. Barry Lyerly

    John…..thank you for your service with A&J over the past 32 years. Everyone at the company appreciates your engineer designing skills, and for making A&J’s racks The Best in the business!

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