Adam Freeland, Production OperatorMelksham, UK
I’ve worked at Avon Protection for 15 years. I’m currently part of the moulding team working to achieve targets whilst maintaining quality. I rotate to different jobs every day and help my team with reject issues or basic press-related problems. What has encouraged me to work for Avon Protection for so long? It would have to be the people that surround me, I enjoy working with and helping others to meet our targets. I am proud of the life-saving products we manufacture, and I strive to achieve zero rejects.
Penny Gassel, Visor Bonding Department - Certified TrainerCadillac, Michigan
I’ve happily been working at Avon Protection for a little over 3 years now. I can still remember the day I overheard a job ad on the local radio station and knew Avon Protection was the place I needed to be. Since I started here, I’ve worked in a multitude of manufacturing departments which is perfect for me because I love to meet new people. I start each day meeting with colleagues, checking in, enquiring about those that may need an extra hand. Avon Protection is like a second family to me and there are lots of people across the business taking on an active role to make this one of the best places to work in Cadillac. It doesn't take long for any new hires to catch what I call the Avon Bug! I can’t overstate it enough; Avon Protection is a great place to work!
Jen Alexander, Planner/BuyerCleveland, Ohio
I started with the business in July 2021 and my day-to-day role can often change depending on business needs. Currently, I am training a new starter here at the Cleveland facility, so a lot of my time is spent engaging with him to ensure he receives comprehensive training and feels confident in his role and responsibilities. Some of my other tasks can include inventory management and fulfilling material requests for our engineers. I believe accuracy produces reliability and it is vital that we are able to rely on the numbers within our systems to be accurate and ultimately meet our customers’ requirements. I try my best every day to ensure that multiple departments can continue to depend on the numbers in front of them - there is nothing more important in my role than accuracy.
The best part of the business is the people. I’ve never been a part of a work environment where the people are so kind and polite. I genuinely want to get to know my colleagues. Cleveland is great too! It’s just big enough to go to a sporting event or major concert, then the next day going for a peaceful kayak on the lake. If you’ve never spent time in Cleveland, you are missing out!
Ryan Doris, Mechanical EngineerCleveland, Ohio
As a Mechanical Engineer my day-to-day routine can be pretty dynamic, but to keep things simple it can generally include anything from creating and testing product samples to understanding that data and determining how a product can be enhanced.
I joined the business in 2016 as an intern while I was still an undergrad at Cleveland State University. Once my schooling was complete, I was hired on full time to the product development team. This seems to be a trend at Team Wendy, as most of us started as interns in a similar way.
My favourite part about working here is the amazing team that surrounds me. Everyone is incredibly smart, friendly, and welcoming. I can call all of my co-worker’s friends; from playing Ping-Pong on breaks to going out for drinks or Trivia after work, there is always something fun to look forward to throughout the week. My co-workers are also incredibly talented, and I learn new things from them every day that help better me in my own career.
Another reason I enjoy working here is the dedication we all have to better protecting the members of the community. Whether it be ensuring the high quality of our helmets in the field or working with academic partners to advance understanding of exactly how brain injuries occur and how to better prevent them, we always have the end-user of our helmets in mind. It truly makes me feel like I am part of a group that makes a difference and I still get chills whenever I hear one of our helmets has helped save a life.
Jill McClune, General Counsel U.S.Remote
Dariane Dushane, Quality AuditorCadillac, Michigan
"Having worked at Avon Protection since 2019, my role as Quality Auditor allows me the opportunity to work with a variety of areas and teams across the business. I work with different people every day, although I know that if I ever need assistance myself, those departments will support me too. I am responsible for checking anything that is produced at our Cadillac site, from labels to products, if we’ve manufactured it, I ensure that it is to the correct contract number and government requirement. Our products are life-saving devices, there is no room for error.
I would say that that is one of my favorite things about being a part of the Avon Protection team; we produce life-saving equipment for those that protect us and I get to make sure that it meets their requirements before it leaves this building. In my career, I always knew that I wanted to pursue a path to help save lives and working at Avon Protection gives me the opportunity to fulfil that."
Cindy May, Inside Sales RepresentativeCadillac, Michigan
"I work closely with the sales team supporting in their efforts in the field and with our distribution partners, this includes producing quotes for Avon Protection Respiratory equipment and Team Wendy helmets. I monitor and action all incoming website inquiries for Avon Protection and work closely with production, sales, shipping and end users - my daily activities give me a sense of connection to the company as a whole.
I love the feeling of contributing greatly to the safety of the world around me. Day to day, I represent the voice of those protecting us in internal business meetings. Supporting the sales team and our distribution partners at Avon Protection, I know that I am helping to provide life saving products to our Military and First Responders.
Finally, the Cadillac, Michigan area is a great place to live, work and play. In our Avon Protection facility, we are more than just employees. We are family! You feel this when you walk through the doors. It makes doing our job, truly enjoyable and incredibly fulfilling."
Chandlar Gabara, Continuous Improvement LeaderCadillac, Michigan
“It’s tough to decide what I like more within Avon Protection, the people or purpose. Around every corner, whether that be in one of our global offices or on one of our many manufacturing floors, you can find incredible individuals who care deeply about our product and the Avon Protection family. It is also a great point of pride to know that our product is the last line of defense for our world’s militaries and first responders. At the end of the day we have two key strengths, a product everyone believes in and a team that believes in our product.”
Clair Randall, Director of Corporate CommunicationsMelksham, UK
Hannah Berrelly, Electronics Value Stream LeaderMelksham, UK
"Working at Avon Protection has allowed me to develop my career through achieving personal and organisational goals. For me, the best part is that we manufacture life-saving equipment that users around the world trust and there is no better feeling than being a part of a team that delivers this. I truly believe that Avon Protection is a great place to work."
David Demster, Manufacturing EngineerIrvine, California
"Working at Avon Protection has allowed me to be a part of various manufacturing processes. At times we do have to wear different hats but that is the amazing part of working here. Some days I am a manufacturing engineer, working on processes and lean. Other days I am a packaging engineer or a document control clerk. In the 15 plus years I have been here I have gained much knowledge in this company but also the team that I do work with are the finest. Without a talented team my job would be very difficult but we all do pull together when needed because there are days when we have to. I am very proud to be a part of making products that protect our service men and women."
Eliot Ball, Process Improvement EngineerMelksham, UK
"After completing the graduate scheme and completing the 4 6-month placements I decided my skillsets were best suited for working on fast paced, operations-based engineering projects. I joined the operations team, and specifically working in improvement projects until finding a niche in Continuous Improvement. I developed the specific skillsets through external training and project work and worked with senior leadership to put more emphasis on Process Engineering, and Continuous Improvement in the manufacturing environment. Since this, Avon Protection have invested in a specific department to work on Continuous Improvement projects, and I have been a key part of this journey over the past 2 years."
Isabella Evans, Production OperativeMelksham, UK
“What I really like about working for Avon Protection is the people. At Avon Protection, everyone’s opinion matters. I also really like the amazing hamper that every employee receives at Christmas, it says a lot about how the company cares and looks after of the employees, regardless of their position. Finally, I have found the Training and Development opportunities exceptional, there is plenty of training on offer to everyone interested. For example, I was recently included in a team carrying out a Kaizen (continuous improvement) initiative on the shop floor."