Walking into Livi Steel in Warren, there’s a close bond that is obvious as soon as you walk in the office and shop doors.
One of the reasons it’s a familiar atmosphere is due to the shop foreman, Michael Simmons.
Overseeing day-to-day production of the 16-crew shop, Michael enjoys his work because he likes spending time with his coworkers, but he also enjoys manufacturing.
“My favorite part of my job is loading all the different trucks and helping coworkers solve problems,” he said.
Michael keeps track of inventory in the shop, along with what is being shipped and received, and anything involving the trucks delivering and taking steel.
He’s been with Livi Steel for about 25 years.
Adding to the family atmosphere, Michael’s father, Charlie, was shop foreman for 35 years.
“He taught me how to do this job,” Michael said.
Also working in the shop is his uncle Dave, a fitter, and previously uncle Bob, also a fitter and first responder.
Working his way up the ladder with Livi, Michael encourages anyone searching for a solid career to check out manufacturing.
He started as a laborer and after learning every role at Livi, he is now the shop foreman.
“Working here means a steady paycheck and good benefits,” he said.
In addition to being a leader at Livi Steel, Michael enjoys riding motorcycles and watching sports.
He roots for the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State.
Most important and the most fun, though, is spending time with family, especially now that he’s a new grandfather.