Matt Beach, product innovation manager at Kadant Johnson Inc., has returned to Kadant Johnson to support the company’s growth strategies through product and service innovation initiatives focused on current and new markets. Matt previously worked for Kadant Johnson as a product development engineer and was involved on numerous development projects and engineering initiatives involving the design of rotary unions for use in various process industries including paper, steel, food and beverage, corrugating, chemical, and energy. Prior to returning to Kadant Johnson, Matt was employed by Summit Polymers, a Tier I supplier to the automotive industry, as a program manager.
As product innovation manager, Matt will focus on new product innovation and market development. Below is a Q&A with Matt exploring his perspectives on this new role at Kadant Johnson.
Q: What brought you back to Kadant Johnson?
A: An opportunity to participate in the company’s efforts to expand into new markets and grow revenue in strategically diverse areas. Increasing this appeal is Kadant Johnson’s culture and workforce which provide a rewarding experience.
Q: What is most exciting about the development initiatives you are working on for new markets?
A: Providing customers with better solutions and service while expanding the company’s design knowledge with new rotary union and swivel applications.
Q: Why did you decide to become an engineer?
A: I love solving problems by creating design solutions and working with customers. Existing application improvements may be feature driven, simplification for ease-of-use, or a life cycle increase. New applications offer a clean sheet of paper and open creativity.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not busy being an engineer?
A: Spending time with family and friends outdoors, working on home improvement projects, hunting, fishing, and sharing experiences that are new to my kids.