Fogg Filler is a family owned business in Holland, Michigan that designs and manufactures rotary filling systems. Their machines are used to fill containers for a growing number of industries throughout the world including dairy, water, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical. The company strives to combine skilled craftsmanship with innovative management to offer their customers exceptional service and quality products.
To learn more about Fogg Filler, we talked to Greg Gibble, a service manager who’s been with Fogg for 34 years.
What is it like to work at Fogg Filler?
I love working at Fogg because of the great family orientated culture and challenging work. Over the years I have seen continuous growth with new product releases and new
team members. In my career at Fogg I started out rebuilding competitor’s filling machines and then moved through the capper, weld, assembly and service departments. I’ve gained valuable knowledge of our products and processes.
How have you seen your job change as technology changes?
When I started at Fogg, we used push button machines, all my documentation was done by hand and filed in a cabinet. Now, all of our machines come with human-machine interface (HMI) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and can be programmed to do just about anything. This takes most of the human error out of the process. All of our internal documentation is done on computers and filed electronically. When I started, I was in the service department; if you had any issues, you got me. Now we have a team of five service coordinators, 20 mechanical technicians and 10 electrical programmers to install and maintain our equipment.
What are the most interesting parts of your job?
The custom equipment is the most interesting part of my job.
We are continually following customer and industry driven improvements for each piece of our equipment. Each machine goes out with a minimum of two improvements. Over time, those improvements add up to huge advancements in technology. Continually learning is our standard operating procedure.
What advice would you like to pass on to a new employee?
Always embrace change.
Fogg is a company that is always on the forefront of new products and technology. As each change arises, view them as unique challenges for you to solve. Whether it’s people, technology or documentation, it is another opportunity for you to succeed.