During his 25 years in the extrusion and fabrication industry, Steve Jackson has worked with a variety of companies serving the industrial, consumer, electronics and defense industries. Steve joined Vitex in August 2020 as Director of Business Development, offering customers a wealth of experience and his engineering background to help solve many of their complex extrusion and fabrication issues.
Q & A with Steve Jackson
What are some things you like most about your role?
I’ve been in sales a long time and really enjoy working with customers in different industries and helping solve their challenges. If we can make our customers’ lives a bit easier, we have a true partnership that can last for years.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Listen to those with more or varied experiences than you’re own. It’s always important to learn from others, as well as consider the conversation from their perspective.
What are your thoughts on working in the manufacturing industry?
I am proud to be part of an industry that is making America stronger. I firmly believe that to compete on a worldwide stage, having strong US manufacturing is a must.
Among Vitex’s offerings to customers, what are you most excited about?
Vitex’s extrusion and fabrication capabilities and the manufacturing quality we output make us a standout among the competition. The company has invested millions to improve the surface quality of its extrusions and to increase its capabilities, and it shows! Combined with our sister divisions at Momentum Manufacturing Group, we are one of the largest manufacturers of metal in the East with over 550,000 square feet of manufacturing space. That’s definitely something to be excited about, too!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Hustle and work hard. There will always be people with more ability, but hard work will get you where you want to go, and then some. Additionally, a team is always stronger than an individual.
What advice would you give to new hires?
Observe and learn. At Vitex, and in the manufacturing industry, there are always new opportunities for growth and advancement, but you need to be proactive and let people know what you’re interested in.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I am a BIG sports fan, both on and off the field—over the years I’ve coached for several different youth sports. As a Patriots fan, the Superbowl was a throw-back game to me. I believe in the old saying, “Offense sells tickets, but Defense wins Championships!” In this game, the Buccaneers’ defensive line dominated Kansas City, leaving Mahomes no chance. The same applies to manufacturing—it’s important to “Block & Tackle” (Service, Quality, Price) to be successful.