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May 28, 2014

Danny Bach

Fresh eyes can mean a fresh perspective, especially when it comes to finding ways to make Western Window Systems run faster, better, and more cost-efficiently.

That’s how supply chain manager Cameron Wyatt accounts for the lean problem solving accomplished by him and buyer Danny Bach. Working on the challenge of how to free up space on the manufacturing floor without running short on metal, Wyatt says the two worked on the problem while in the air -- on a business trip to California in January.

“I started with Western in November and Danny was in a new area as a buyer,” Wyatt says. “We started talking on the plane. By the time we landed, we had a couple of solutions in mind.”

By partnering with key suppliers of Western, Wyatt and Bach not only came up with room on Western’s shop floor for the production of new products, they saved over 700 miles (over $100,000) in freight costs. “The bonus is that it cuts down on our transport-related carbon emissions, too,” says Wyatt.

“We’re so proud of the work Cameron and Danny have done in such a short time,” says Scott Gates, vice president and general manager of Western Window Systems. “They’ve proven that it’s important to have good relationships with our partners so that we can grow together. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Learn more about Danny Bach and Cameron Wyatt by reading their Q&A below:

Danny Bach

Where did you grow up?
Phoenix, Arizona.

Do you have any pets?
Yes. I have a Chocolate Lab Pit Bull Mix. Her name is Deek.

Do you play any sports?
Baseball.

What are your hobbies?
Archery/hunting.

Who do you look up to/admire?
My oldest brother, Jim.

What is your favorite quote?
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

Where do you like to vacation?
Anywhere in the forest/woods.

What is your favorite sport and/or team?
Baseball/Arizona Diamondbacks.

What’s your favorite food?
Elk Steaks(Back Straps).

What’s your favorite movie?
Young Guns.

What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
Knowing that every day I come to work I am coming into a great environment.

Cameron Wyatt

Where did you grow up?
Flagstaff, Arizona.

Do you have any pets?
If you count a cat that sleeps all day and is never seen, then yes, I have a pet.

Do you play any sports?
At one time I played basketball.

What are your hobbies?
Classic Chevy muscle cars and building computers.

Who do you look up to/admire?
Elon Musk and Nikola Tesla.

What is your favorite quote?
"It’s more powerful to know how to think than what to think.”

Where do you like to vacation?
With kids: Disney. Without kids: Brazil.

What is your favorite sport and/or team?
Formula One/the underdog.

What’s your favorite food?
Hard to pick one. I’m an equal opportunity eater.

What’s your favorite movie?
Cool Hand Luke.

What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
The team of amazing people I get to share my day with – that’s what sets us apart.

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