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.