Meet the Bautex Team - Chris Leonard

Bautex Director of Oper­a­tions and Technical Services Chris Leonard is respon­si­ble for all plant oper­a­tions and strategic planning, including budgeting, system and process design, pro­duc­tion sched­ul­ing, quality assurance and testing, and staff training. He manages all safety and envi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance programs, leads lean man­u­fac­tur­ing process eval­u­a­tions, and is a principal con­trib­u­tor to the company’s R&D program. Chris also manages the Con­struc­tion Support and Technical Services teams at Bautex, working with archi­tects, engineers and con­trac­tors to suc­cess­ful­ly build with Bautex Block. Get to know Chris below.

What is your favorite part of your job and why?

I love that I have the ability to create something. As a man­u­fac­tur­er, we take raw materials and turn them into a usable product. It is always rewarding to see a building that you had a hand in developing.

What does research and development look like for Bautex?

Our research and devel­op­ment is focused on making sure Bautex is leading the way in testing com­ple­men­tary building materials for the Bautex Wall System, ensuring quality of raw materials and main­tain­ing efficient pro­duc­tion processes.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I don’t think I’ve had a typical week yet. My main focus is on block pro­duc­tion and making sure we hit quality, cost and delivery targets while main­tain­ing a high level of safety for all employees.

What contribution to Bautex are you most proud of?

First of all, I’ve never worked with a better group of people. While all that we’ve done so far has been a huge team effort, I will say that I’m very proud of getting the man­u­fac­tur­ing plant oper­a­tional in such a timely manner. It took a lot of coor­di­na­tion to simul­ta­ne­ous­ly finish con­struc­tion of the building and instal­la­tion of the man­u­fac­tur­ing equipment. It was a great accom­plish­ment to get the plant oper­a­tional, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing Bautex is the first to automate the man­u­fac­tur­ing of a composite insu­lat­ing concrete form.

How does past experience prepare you for what you do today?

My previous employer gave me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work in a variety of different roles. I got firsthand expe­ri­ence in concrete mix design, safety man­age­ment, lead­er­ship man­u­fac­tur­ing, plant main­te­nance and numerous other operations.