Spotlight on Swanton Welding: Meet Eric Zimmerman, a Welder and Shop Foreman

Welcome back to another installment of “Swanton Welding Is It’s People,” where we take a closer look at the individuals who make Swanton Welding & Machining Company the exceptional workplace it is. Today, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Eric Zimmerman, a dedicated member of our team who wears multiple hats as a welder and shop foreman. So, without further ado, let’s dive into Eric’s story.

Finding His Home at Swanton Welding

Eric Zimmerman’s journey with Swanton Welding spans an impressive 16 years. When asked what drew him to Swanton Welding, Eric shares a familiar story of transition and opportunity. “The previous place I worked for was downsizing, and it happened that a friend of mine knew people here at Swanton Welding, and we connected,” Eric explains. “16 years later, I’m still here,” he smiles.

What Keeps Him Coming Back

What keeps Eric returning day after day? “The people, probably,” he responds without hesitation. “We’re always busy, and when we need something, they get it. They take care of us,” Eric emphasizes. “They’ve fed my family for 16 years, so I appreciate it,” he adds gratefully.

A Day in the Life of Eric Zimmerman

Eric’s day-to-day routine at Swanton Welding involves organization, coordination, and hands-on work. “Usually, I get here, turn all the lights on, fire up the air compressor, do some crane checks, forklift checks, get everything ready for the guys, and see where they’re at on their jobs,” he explains.

Crafting Impressive Creations

One of the highlights of Eric’s role has been the opportunity to work on various projects, including building tanks for different customers. “Probably some of the tanks we build for different customers,” Eric shares when asked about the coolest things he’s ever built. “Sizes range from 13,000 gallons to 3,000 gallons. Some have structures around them, some don’t. So those are always interesting, keep you on your toes and paying attention,” he adds.

Life Beyond the Shop

When Eric isn’t busy at Swanton Welding, he enjoys spending time with his wife, especially now that they’re empty nesters. “My wife and I are empty nesters, so that’s fortunate,” Eric says with a smile. With eight grandkids between them, Eric’s life outside work is bustling with family activities and visits.

A Proud Veteran

In addition to his dedication to Swanton Welding, Eric is also a proud Army veteran. “Yep, I’m an Army veteran,” he proudly confirms.

Wrapping Up

As our conversation with Eric Zimmerman comes to a close, it’s evident that his commitment to Swanton Welding runs deep. With his wealth of experience, dedication to quality workmanship, and genuine appreciation for the Swanton Welding community, Eric embodies the values that make Swanton Welding more than just a workplace—it’s a family.

Thank you, Eric, for sharing your story with us, and for your unwavering commitment to excellence. We look forward to many more years of your invaluable contributions to the Swanton Welding team.