Ed Selvoski brings 25 years of wide-ranging manufacturing experience to WMEP Manufacturing Solutions. He started his career as a machine operator and worked his way into various leadership roles, most recently as operations manager.
Selvoski has a true passion to help build strong and effective teams with a goal of improving safety, quality, delivery and cost. His experience has spanned several areas of manufacturing, including machining, assembly, metal forming, polishing and upholstery.
His career in manufacturing has been far from typical.
“My career path has not been a traditional journey,” Selvoski said. “I’ve embraced several opportunities for development and I’m extremely fortunate to have worked for some great leaders who would challenge you and make you want to succeed.”
After serving in the Air Force, Selvoski began to evaluate what to do next. During his time in the service, Selvoski befriended a resident of Two Rivers, who suggested that he come to Wisconsin to work for Kohler Co. The company offered Selvoski an administrative position, which he turned down and instead accepted a factory job, which paid higher wages.
“Through the years there I took every opportunity for development that I could,” Selvoski said. “At one point, I ended up as a union rep. When I took over, I was 34 years old and the youngest person in the UAW to be elected to that position.”
When Selvoski took the union rep role, he represented 560 employees in two divisions over three daily shifts. When he left the union role in 2011, the bargaining unit had dropped to 220 employees over two shifts due to challenging economic conditions.
Selvoski committed to ensuring that the workforce wouldn’t be to blame for continuing job losses.
“I really started participating in lean manufacturing with the company,” he said. “Here I am, a union rep, and I’m leading kaizen events with manufacturing engineers, industrial engineers and quality engineers. And I was facilitating these events.”
After 16 years at Kohler, Selvoski took a job as a supervisor at Vollrath Co. in Sheboygan before eventually leading the company’s fabrication division.
“I had a great team. Everybody worked for the common cause,” Selvoski said.
Selvoski most recently served as continuous improvement manager and leader of the quality team at Nemschoff in Sheboygan.
Certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Quality Assurance Evaluator, Selvoski serves as an operational excellence consultant with WMEP Manufacturing Solutions.
The ability to work with a wide variety of small and mid-size manufacturers that his role with WMEP offers appealed to Selvoski.
“I really enjoy the variety,” Selvoski said. “Here, the change of pace of being with different customers keeps you engaged. You get that variety and you know that you are going to get that opportunity to help a lot of different companies. That’s exciting for me.”
A native of Pennsylvania, Selvoski currently resides in the Sheboygan area with his wife and two children. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, golfing and hiking.