Vic Hasek jumped into manufacturing 17 years ago when construction work couldn’t provide the pay and stability he wanted. Thanks to a good friend and fellow Vitex employee, Vic joined the aluminum extrusion team and quickly moved up the ranks. In his current role as Senior Manufacturing Supervisor, he manages the people, machines and production output of the company’s growing value-added business.
Q & A with Vic Hasek
Tell us about your history with Vitex and what you do in your current role?
I started on the packing line, then moved up to packing supervisor. When the fabrication department started in 2007, I moved over to run that group and have been there ever since. On a day-to-day basis, I’m doing a little bit of everything: managing the floor, keeping the machines running, managing production flow, hiring and training new employees, and working with customers who have unique machining and/or packaging requirements.
It’s been exciting seeing the growth of our value-added business. We started with just a couple CNC machines. Today, we have over two dozen machines and offer a range of fabrication capabilities, as well as a dedicated kitting, assembly and packaging team. I take great pride in the fact that our group solves a lot of the challenges working with aluminum that are beyond the capability of most machining shops.
What do you like most about working in manufacturing?
I’m glad I took that first step to get into the industry, even though I knew nothing about manufacturing or extrusions. Vitex took me aboard, trained me, gave me a career I truly love, and helped me provide a stable life for my family. It’s also an industry where there is always something new to learn and plenty of different career paths. Particularly here at Vitex, we have lots of opportunities for employees to figure out what they like to do and to make a career for themselves.
What do you attribute to your success at Vitex?
Dedication to getting the job done. When something comes up that needs to be attended to quickly, which is a normal part of any business, I can be counted on to get it done. Needs and requirements also change over time, so being flexible and able to embrace change have helped me along the way, too.
Tell us about a favorite project you’ve worked on?
When we installed the new pack line in 2015, I was asked to be a part of the installation team. I was reluctant at first to be involved, but I’m glad I got involved. The project was exciting and working with the Italian [Prezzi] team who built the line was great and I learned so much about the startup process. There was an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when we finished and started running the machines.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love the outdoors and New Hampshire has something to offer for every season. I’m usually snow mobiling in the winter, boating in the summer and camping in the fall.