Rodney Esseltine upholstering slam chairs

Slam Master, Rodney Esseltine

Meet Rodney, Leland’s “Jack of All Trades” on the manufacturing floor. Nick-named Leland’s “Employee of Month” by his colleagues after bringing in breakfast sandwiches one morning, Rodney has been with the company for three years. With a passion for always learning something new, Rodney welcomes a good challenge – especially when it comes to upholstering the Slam.

 

 

Rodney Esseltine in Leland factory

 

 

Q: What does your typical day at Leland look like?

A: I am assigned to an area by our production scheduler. That’s how my schedule is set for the day. Instead of having one set job, I am assigned to a variety of roles. The variety keeps me motivated.

 

Q: What gets you excited to come to work every day?

A: Pride. I take pride in the work that I do. Every day is a learning experience. My job is never done because there’s always something that can be done to improve the way a chair is made. If you aren’t learning, you aren’t working – you’re hiding!

 

 

Rodney Esseltine holding Slam

 

 

Q: If you had to master the process for one of Leland’s products, which would you choose?

A: The Slam. I have a love-hate relationship with that chair. It takes a lot of upper body strength to upholster the Slam. We want the appearance of the upholstery to look like its painted on, but it’s very difficult to stretch the fabric – it’s like taking a child’s sock and trying to fit it on an adult’s foot. I enjoy the trial and error of perfecting this chair.

 

Fun Fact
In an 8-hour shift, Rodney can complete the upholstery for 40 Slam chairs.

Author: Katie Pirog – Detergent Design
Photography: Damion Van Slyke

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