Richard arrives at Tormach with an extensive career in manufacturing and industrial machine tool design. He started out designing high-production assembly machines at Gilman Engineering in Janesville and eventually moved over to high production rotary transfer machining centers at Custom Products in Oconomowoc and Wisconsin Machine Tool in West Allis. Richard has also worked at Harley-Davidson where he designed special machines, work holding, and automation at the Powertrain facility. He says, “I was there for the 100th Anniversary, which was a very hectic and fun time.” His portfolio also includes equipment for parts large and small, from a 20’ diameter tunneling machine at Milwaukee Boiler and a 5 meter diameter Vertical Machining Center at MAG-ias Fond du Lac [formally Giddings & Lewis Machine Tool] to assembly machines for military ordinance fuses at Accudyne in Janesville and respiratory machines at Ohio Medical in Madison.
In a nutshell, Tormach is glad to have Richard’s expertise. Now, on with the Q&A:
- What is your “official” job title and how long have you worked at Tormach?
My business card reads Senior Product Designer and I started at Tormach January 14 of this year.
- What do you like most about working at Tormach?
The people and the products we have. I find the variety of work keeps my interest and the people I work with have been very helpful as well as pleasant to be around. Especially for a new guy, it can be hard to meld into the culture. I have not had any issues with that.
- What’s the best part of your job?
The people here. A close second are the opportunities for learning and the challenges of solving problems. I enjoy my work and Tormach is an enjoyable place to be. I’m having fun!
- What’s the hardest part of your job?
At this point, learning what I have to know while I do not really know what I do not know. New beginnings are always difficult as is learning new things. It is how we grow.
- How do you spend your weekends?
I enjoy fishing as well as the shooting sports. I also enjoy Shakespeare and classical concerts. I do not spend enough time with my grandchildren. Conservative politics is a bit of a hobby for me as well.
- If you won the lottery, what would you do?
- What is your favorite food/movie/band/book/hobby (pick one)?
I am a bit of a foodie so picking a favorite is tough. I like to cook. My waistline proves it. My favorite movie is the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Also like “Starship Troopers,” Humphrey Bogart movies and “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Also like the Harry Potter series and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I like action/adventure and not much into chick flix or movies with “social redeeming value.”I would rather be entertained. I could go on and on, but my likes do cover a broad spectrum. My current favorite band/group is Escala. I am currently reading “The 5000 Year Leap.” Other than fishing, I do not have any particular hobby.
- Tell us a joke.
My life. I can’t think of any off hand that I could tell in mixed company.