Get to Know Groov-Pin: Johnny Fulton

3/4/19

Get to Know Groov-Pin: Johnny Fulton

Johnny Fulton is a CNC Swiss machinist at Groov-Pin’s facility in Newnan, Georgia. During a typical day, Johnny troubleshoots any issues that the second shift may have had overnight and if there are no issues, he sets up or runs the machines until the work order is completed.

Dealing with machines can be a challenging part of the job. “Actually, depending on the weather, it can mess with efficiency,” Johnny said. “Some materials wreak havoc on the tools. You fight with small issues, but you figure out what material you’re using and you can play around with speed to get the tool to last longer.”

Johnny has been machining for 14 years and his year and a half at Groov-Pin has been one of the best experiences. “Groov-Pin is one of the best shops I’ve worked in. I love the team effort, the incentives for healthy living. I talk about my job all the time and I feel like I’m so blessed to be part of a team like Groov-Pin,” he said.

Groov-Pin’s laid-back atmosphere is a big plus for Johnny. After experiencing where management often talks down to employees, he appreciates Groov-Pin’s commitment to open communication. “People at Groov-Pin don’t talk down to you, they talk to you,” he said. “If you lack certain skills, they will try to set you up with the right personnel in your department to help you out.”

Employees often collaborate and are willing to share their knowledge with newer or younger employees. “In some machine shops, people don’t want to share what they know or train you. They don’t want to give you the knowledge they have,” he said. “But when I started at Groov-Pin, I helped a guy on the second shift because if his night was good, my morning would be good.”

Encouragement is key and to further his career, Johnny would like to get more programming experience under his belt. “That would be the next step for me,” he said. “Right now, I’m a set-up guy, but I would like to take the next steps to write programs.”

Johnny is quick to advocate for manufacturing as a solid career choice. “Everything is machined, it’s very important and it’s a dying field. There aren’t many people who know about CNC machines and with baby boomers retiring, it’s important to show younger people that manufacturing is a field where you can make a good living if you take it seriously.”

Author: Lauren Ciuba

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