Employee Spotlight: Ryan Wilcox

In this month’s employee spotlight, we caught up with Ryan Wilcox, a journeyman at Elm whose work consists of troubleshooting and completing new installs at rock quarries and asphalt plants.

Q: How long have you been working at Elm?

A: I have been working at Elm for 5 years

Q: What brought you to Elm/how did you get your start here?

I first heard about Elm through my shop teachers at Smith Vocational. During my junior year, I was enrolled in the CO-OP program working for a primarily residential contractor. Knowing I wanted to work in the industrial sector, Elm was a perfect fit to make that happen.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your role at Elm?

My role at Elm mainly consists of troubleshooting and completing new installs at rock quarries and asphalt plants. During my apprenticeship, I helped out at almost every quarry and asphalt plant in Western Mass. Now, as a journeyman, I have a quarry account of my own and help at other aggregate locations with projects and troubleshooting.

Q: What are some of the things you enjoy most about working at Elm?

What I enjoy most about working at Elm is the commitment to constant employee growth. Whether it be trainings or classes, Elm is always ensuring we stay current, which I think is something we can all appreciate.

Q: What has been one of your most rewarding experiences at Elm?

The most rewarding experience for me was a job I recently completed in Oxford, MA, installing a brand new rock crusher. Elm was given the job by the customer, and I was tasked with making it happen. Seeing it all come together at the end with a happy customer was very satisfying for me. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without all the experience that Elm has provided me.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

When I’m not working, I enjoy going to the beach and fixing up my new home in Westfield.

Q: Do you have a particular hobby or talent that co-workers may not know about?

Something people might not know about me is I love water skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding.