As a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and one of Kohler’s newest continuous improvement team members, Scott Uselding knows a thing or two about overcoming challenges.
By day, you can find Scott double-timing throughout our manufacturing and maintenance operations, on task to complete the day’s mission. From evaluating facility maintenance processes to implementing 5S improvements and streamlining efficiencies, Scott is an integral part of keeping our operations in check. He manages to take each challenge in stride—all while sharing his infectious sense of humor and collecting a multitude of high fives and a steady stream of “hey, buddy” from fellow associates along the way.
But his life outside the office offers him even greater challenges.
As a Squadron Commander in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Scott leads 100+ Airmen in supporting several key areas including food service, lodging, recreation and fitness, military records, training and the like. But his part-time work turned to full-time status when he was called to active duty in late 2018, one of four deployments over his tenure. His mission? Deploy to Kuwait and manage 13 strategic initiatives focused on streamlining base operations. While a slight change of pace from his usual duties in the Air Force, it was all too familiar to Scott given his work at Kohler.
Of course, Scott didn’t land this important mission by chance—it was years in the making. He started his career in the military working in the trenches as an enlisted E-1 aerospace medical technician before becoming a technical expert and later appointed to the commissioned officer ranks. These experiences taught him how to overcome challenges to complete the mission.
“The military has given me the experience and background needed to better serve Kohler,” explained Scott. “Instead of challenges, I see opportunity to find creative solutions, improve and grow every day as we achieve better results and best serve our customers.”
For Scott, the icing on the cake was coming home again to his family (and work family) after his six-month deployment.
“It was very special to be able to return to Kohler and surprise my son Cameron, who works in our Foundry test lab, and see my colleagues and friends again,” Scott said. “I can’t describe how wonderful those hugs felt when you’ve been away for so long.”
Welcome home, Scott! Glad to have you back.