I work in the retail division of the Cabinetry Department here at ISI. I started here as a temp in 1999. Out of high school, I got a job in a factory in Milwaukee before we moved to Fond du Lac to be closer to my wife's family. I held several different temp positions, all which were completely different then the last.
When I was placed at ISI through a temp service, it was the same story. I had no experience with this stuff at all, and I didn't really know how
long they would keep me around. When I was feeling uneasy, I would keep telling myself that every day they let me work here was another opportunity to learn how to do this kind of stuff. The next thing I knew, it was five years later and on from there. When I worked on the Kohler displays, that seemed to be a place where I really fit, and the rest was history.
Today I still work in Retail Assembly, where I mainly build Kohler fixtures like sink and faucet displays
You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
-Steven D. Woodhull
and that sort of thing. It's the neatest thing to craft these products and then ship them out to be installed and utilized, and then be able to show it off and say, "I made that." It's the best thing about working here. I get to say that we make the furniture in a McDonalds, and the displays for exclusive Kohler showrooms. I can actually show someone what I do at my job.
After all these years, I can totally tell our product versus someone else's. It's the craftsmanship and attention to detail
that is the differentiation between something we've built versus someone else's. Besides my lunch, what I try to bring to ISI everyday is some creativity and a realistic, straightforward positive enthusiasm about my work.
I like what I do. I want to be able to continue to work and be able to use work as a way to enjoy what I do outside of work. Everyone works to live, and I'm lucky that I can say that I enjoy the work I do.
I'm from the Kansas City area. My father worked at an Air Force base in Missouri, and when transitioning to another federal government position he had the choice of where he wanted to work from next. He chose Mitchell Field. We moved to Milwaukee when I was 13, and I ended up in Fond du Lac around the age of 23; it all seems like such a blur now.
Outside of work, I'm the guy that people call when they have an issue with their computer. I guess you'd call it being tech savvy. I only know how to do stuff I've worked on myself. I'm not trained or anything; I just learned from experience and have fun with it.
I like going to see live music, and always wish I had musical talent. (Besides my average to below average short lived clarinet career in high school.)
I'm kind of a homebody. I like to do stuff in my yard, and with my family and other than the occasional trip to Vegas, I am happiest being around family. Most of my family lives in Missouri, and I try to spend a week down there every year to spend time with them. My wife's family is around here though, so we do cookouts, play cards, and just spend time with them when we can.