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ANDY SHADRICK, MACHINIST
As a senior in high school in Davenport, IA, Andy Shadrick took part in a vocational program that focused on preparing participants for a career in manufacturing. After graduation, Andy went headfirst into the industry.
“My father was a machinist and I followed in his footsteps…”
In November 1977, Andy began his career with J.I. Case Company in Rock Island, IL the same place his father worked and would eventually retire from. After the shop he was working for was acquired by Wilson Tool International, Andy found himself in White Bear Lake, MN, in 2018. Along with Andy came the machines he’d been operating for nearly 20 years, machines he operates to this day.
With decades in the industry, Andy has seen his share of changes in shop operations over the years. “Back when I started, the machines were controlled with a tape…now we’re quite a few years into computer-controlled machines.”
When he’s not making quality parts at Wilson Tool International, Andy enjoys hunting, fishing, and woodworking, adding, “I have a CNC router, something I got into a few years back to give me something to look forward to in retirement.” Andy has been a wonderful addition to the Wilson Tool team; we’re glad to have his talents at work in the tableting division.