From the Ground Up
Miller Grimmet is a long way from where he started as a welder with The Hall Group in 2012, and is a testament to putting your name in the hat when opportunities arise. This can lead you from the ground floor to a 30,000 foot view.
“I started out as a welder in 2012, and then kind of worked my way through the facilities the next three years and moved up to where I am now.” Miller said. “Traditionally I am the safety and the quality administrator, and I am taking on a compliance administrator role now.”
Miller’s current role covers many different sectors of the business, each just as important as the last. From quality control and OSHA compliance, to new employee safety briefings, hiring and recruitment, people management, and teaching at the in-house welding school.
One of the biggest factors Miller says plays into maintaining a safe work environment is keeping an open line of communication across all employees. From orientation day and beyond, setting the standard for how Hall Tank approaches safety in the workplace is paramount.
“We make sure that all employees know they have a place to come if they feel something is unsafe, it’s all about opening that line of communication.” Miller said. “I feel that is one of the biggest changes we’ve implemented because in the past it was the old way mentality of better not say anything and let someone else take care of it.”
Another large part of Miller’s job is recruiting: cold calling applicants, scheduling weld tests, and seeking out potential candidates for the welding school. This part of the job has been even more important for him over the last 18 months as Hall Tank worked to streamline the process of hiring new employees.
“We’ve done really well as a team getting the hiring process ironed out and bringing in candidates, especially now with the welding school where we may want to hire someone and see potential in them but maybe their skills aren’t all the way there,” Miller said.
Miller’s journey at Hall Tank is a testament to his determination and seeing the potential around him. Starting as a welder and consistently putting himself forward for new opportunities, he eventually made his way to where he is now, working directly under President and CEO Robert Hall.
“Sometimes I get the boots on the ground view, and other times I can look at it from that 30,000 foot view and see how things are operating, and I can see where I fit, you know, more clearly than I have anywhere else, that’s for sure,” Miller said.