It’s Jaime Sheahan’s smile you notice first.
It’s a reflection of his confidence, satisfaction and can-do attitude. The 36-year-old batch maker at Rust-Oleum’s facility in Waupan, Wisconsin, says his first year on the job has exceeded his expectations.
“I’m constantly learning new things,” Sheahan said. “Everyone is so willing to share their knowledge and give me what I need to get the job done. It’s been an awesome first year.”
The Waupun plant manufactures Multispec specialty finishes and industrial coatings. In addition, it makes Rust‐Oleum branded products such as concrete stain, Noxyde and commercial acrylic coatings.
Mixing Noxyde is Sheahan’s specialty. The coating is used on bridges, water towers and other industrial applications. He says it’s not an easy job, but he loves the challenge.
“This stuff is made to adhere to metal, which makes cleaning the mixers especially hard,” he said. “But I know Noxyde is a high-margin product for us. I make thousands of gallons and feel good knowing I’m helping our bottom line.”
Sheahan says the job is anything but monotonous. “Every day is different. Humidity levels go up and down, and that affects my grinding and mixing,” he explained. “I’m constantly busy but whenever there’s a little down time, I’m always asking my co-workers if there’s any way I can help them.”
As a single dad with a five-year-old son, Sheahan is grateful he lives close to the plant. “I have a two-minute commute,” he said with a smile. “I can walk to work if I want to.”
He’s felt welcomed from day one and says his coworkers have become extended family. “We get along because we all want the same things,” he said. “We all want to work hard, support our families and enjoy what we do.”
Coming from the retail world, Sheahan says the pay and benefits at Rust-Oleum are a huge improvement from other places he’s worked. But the job is more than just good perks.
“It’s not always about the money,” he said. “It’s about taking pride in your everyday work. It may sound cliché, but I’m really proud of what I do.”