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Empire’s New Plant Manager

Please join Empire Screen Printing in welcoming our new plant manager, Mike Wakeen. Mike joined the Empire team in November as the plant manager following the retirement of Lee Vieth.

Mike brings with him 25 years worth of knowledge in the screen printing industry. Over the course of Mike’s career, he amassed a vast collection of formal and on-the-job training in areas of lean, project management, employee-related training in conflict resolution, and diversity. Mike’s previous roles gave him the opportunity to apply these trainings within various projects, and the Empire team looks forward to working with and learning from these experiences.

Mike has a passion for the outdoors. You can find Mike hunting, fishing, golfing, or out with his dogs. Mike is family oriented and spends his down time with his family. While he enjoys the time outside, he is not apposed to a friendly game of cards or pool indoors.

We are excited to see Mike embrace the Empire culture and go full steam ahead in standardization, process improvement, and employee empowerment. With Mike’s guidance, we envision our production team continuing to grow and overcome barriers for a better future.



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