KICE, Industries

Chase Lewis

One of a company’s greatest assets is its people. Kice Industries is very fortunate to have gifted, dedicated, and customer-focused employees. We would like you to learn a little bit more about our people of Kice, both professionally and personally.

Meet Chase Lewis

How many years and what roles have you had at Kice?

So it will be ten years this August I have been with Kice. (Tim Kice would probably say that is ten years too long). I was fresh out of college when Andy Thomas texted me about an internship position Kice had open for CFM. I first started out building parts in Epicor for them, not knowing what any of this meant. Then after that, I was hired to be in Product Planning, and then now my current position is Production Scheduler.

 

Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job currently?

My current job responsibilities include: overlooking the production schedule, making sure jobs and parts get to the next department on time and also giving lead times to our sales managers on quotes or HOT jobs.

Working at Kice

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Honestly, the most rewarding thing about my job is helping the customer out when they are in trouble. I know its cliché, but that is the best thing about my job because I know if I were in a situation where I was down, I would hope my customer would do the same. One other thing is that my job is never dull or no one day is the same. I could set a schedule on Monday, and by Tuesday morning, it could be backward. It is also satisfying when a sales manager comes to me wanting to know if we can improve on certain lead times or orders. I like to put myself in our salesmen’s shoes because I know they want to keep their customers happy and coming back. Now with all that being said, I don’t want to know how many times my name has been cursed by employees out in the shop. 😊

 

Can you share one of the things that are unique about working at Kice?

I would say Kice really does value their employees and what they do for Kice Industries. Like I mentioned above, working at Kice is never boring (or easy), and each day is different. I couldn’t imagine going to work at someplace and doing the same thing over and over and over.

 

What have been some of your most rewarding on-the-job experiences so far?

No doubt hearing about customers being satisfied with what we did as a company.

Personal Side of Chase

Best place you have traveled to and why?

So those of you who don’t know, I am the biggest WSU basketball fan ever, so it has to be 2013 when I went to Atlanta for the final four. The outcome was not fun at all, but it was a great time to experience that.

 

If you could have dinner and drinks with two famous people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

My dad (not famous) because I lost him a couple of years ago and then probably Gregg Marshall.

 

People outside of Kice would be surprised if they knew (about me):

To my friends and family: I really do want to get married someday, so quit asking me. 🙂

 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? 

I love baseball, so it would have to be working at a baseball stadium as a grounds crew member but just not in the middle of July.

 

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My grandmas fried chicken

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Be really, really good at golf.

What are your biggest pet peeves?

Boy, am I glad you asked this question! I am going to have to agree with Josh White in people who clip their fingernails at work (looking at you, Chris Morris). It blows my mind how in the middle of the day, somebody can stop working and think, you know I really need to clip my fingernails, WHAT?!?! One other one would be the person at Chipotle who orders for five people, just don’t be that person.

What is your greatest fear?

Failing.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

I’m single and have no kids so I have plenty of free time. LOL, no, I would say hanging out with my two nephews Reed (five) and McCoy (two). They are my world, and I love seeing them.

What did you want your adult profession to be when you were a kid?

Sportscaster for ESPN. Those who know me know that I am way too shy and could never do that.

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