In March, MFG Alabama staged a warm retirement sendoff for General Manager Mike Leonard.

Mike came to Alabama with a rich background in composites manufacturing. In 1992, after years of running manufacturing plants in the Atlanta area, he jumped at the chance to start a new fiberglass operation in Troy, Alabama for HB&G Building Products. The company was transitioning from wood construction to centrifugal cast fiberglass for their architectural columns, staircases and other building feature products.

In 2005 MFG opened a plant in Opp, Alabama to manufacture wind turbine nacelles. Struggling to meet production speed and quality goals, MFG reached out to Mike — and in March 2006 he came onboard as GM of MFG Alabama.

Looking back at his experiences with the company, Mike recalls three standouts. When he arrived, MFG Alabama was an entirely new plant with an all-new crew. They were challenged to quickly develop and implement a book of procedures and processes — involving a tremendous amount of training. In just three months the team was hitting their production target of 3-units/day.

Other satisfying accomplishments include attaining ISO certification in 2013, and successfully integrating a second entity in 2014.

Citing his tenure at MFG as the highlight of his career, Mike expressed gratitude to CEO Richard Morrison and EVP Dave Denny for their leadership and education.

His future plans include recreational travel — first stop Charlotte, NC to enjoy a Fleetwood Mac concert. He also plans lots of motorcycle cruising and just taking it easy with his wife Judy.

Assuming the role of GM is Pat Hawkins, most recently the company’s quality/process engineering manager.