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 Jerry Spivey
How many years and how did you first learn about Kice?
I have been with Kice for 36 years, and I think I heard about them in the newspaper.
Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job currently?
I receive different types of material into the Kice lab for testing on a variety of Kice equipment; the customer typically wants to separate one particular material from another particular material or the same material that requires particle size segregation. Examples include: Dust from Cheerios, paper from plastic, peanut skins from peanuts, big rocks from little rocks. I also perform testing on Kice manufactured products, new, improved, revised, etc.
Working at Kice
What are some of your favorite/unique items you have tested for a Kice application?
My favorite? Probably salted cashews, I gained a lot of weight that week. Unique? Black soldier fly larvae. In one year, a single acre of black soldier fly larvae can produce more protein than 3,000 acres of cattle or 130 acres of soybeans. We separated the bedding material from the larvae prior to being dehydrated for the pet food market, there was the talk of introducing them to the human food market, but the cringe factor is a serious deterrent.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I do something different almost every day, and I’m not restricted to just the lab, I get to assist in multiple areas of the company. I get to work with a lot of interesting people that presents a challenge for the Kice lab, and myself. When we meet the challenge with a solution, it’s a pretty awesome feeling of accomplishment; if you knock it out of the park, you feel like a hero for the day.
Can you share one of the things that are unique about working at Kice?
The family atmosphere! I have held a job of one type or another since I was 13, some of those jobs left a lot of things to be desired, to say the least. I came to Kice at a young age, I worked for a period of time before venturing off to other avenues of employment that was beneficial for my career, but I eventually found my way back to Kice. I think everyone seeks the perfect job/profession for themselves, and that is exactly what I think this has been. I don’t think you know what the perfect profession or job is at first, but now I know working for Kice has been it for me. After being here as long as I have been I have developed some true friends from top to bottom. Some of my favorite things about working here is being able to work with younger employees. I get to walk through the shop from time to time and offer advice or help with teaching different aspects of manufacturing, the most satisfying is providing old man wisdom about life to the youngsters. I know a lot of the stories I tell are highly embellished, and doesn’t always have to do with work, but it leaves them mostly entertained, amused, but most importantly light-hearted, and encouraged.
What are three words to describe Kice?
Still a challenge.
Personal Side of Jerry
What is your favorite travel spot or place to visit?
Someplace in the woods where there is a bed of leaves that can be repurposed as a pillow.
People would be surprised if they knew (about me):
I can no longer shoot a deer, and I love cats.
What are your biggest pet peeves?
Complacency “It is what it is.”
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
President of Production, but only for one day.
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Corned beef and cabbage.
What is your greatest fear?
Failing at my spiritual walk.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
Working in my shop on an old tractor, or in the yard landscaping.
What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
5,000 acres of wooded property with lots of leaves.
Is there anything you always want to try and never did?
Racing top tier stock cars.
Describe what you were like at age 10.
Sensitive, prayerful, entertaining, full of laughter, and always working off a mini bike or a go-kart.