No Stout About It
In a business that is definitely all about the sum of its parts, the man responsible for getting all the parts together, must really have it together. Paul Stout is that man at Hoosier Crane. He is the supply chain manager and his department is responsible for the complex coordination of building and fixing cranes.
“Finding solutions that work for all our departments is the biggest challenge,” says Stout. “Everything has become much more complex. Communication is critical.”
Stout says when he began working at Hoosier Crane as the parts manager more than ten years ago there were only 12 to 15 employees and about $10,000 worth of inventory in stock. Now, we have more than 100 employees and about $2 million worth of inventory in stock. As the business has grown so have the demands on his position.
“I’m not sure people realize how much he actually does,” says senior buyer and planner Zech Williams, who works in Paul’s department. “He’s the guy everyone calls when they need anything. He has more industry knowledge than almost anybody here.”
While Stout often looks for spare parts on the job, he enjoys picking up spares on his spare time. You see, Paul is an avid bowler and this year he is averaging about 200 per game in the Mishawaka league he bowls in every Thursday night from September to April. If you don’t know, that’s a pretty darn good average. Professional bowlers average in the 220s and 230s. Last year Paul bowled a perfect game, all strikes and a 300 score.
“I’ve been bowling about 30 years,” says Stout.” I started in youth bowling leagues.”
Paul grew up in the South Bend-Mishawaka area and currently lives in Mishawaka with his wife Destanie, 16-year-old son Evan, and 14-year-old daughter Eliana. Eliana has taken up bowling, but Paul says she won’t listen to dad when he tries to give her advice.
“She also has a boyfriend now and he’s a football player,” he said with a tone that all fathers understand when it comes to their teenaged daughters.
While Paul was working full time at Hoosier Crane and raising a family, he also went to night school at IUSB. In 2016, after seven years, he received his B.S. in business. His combination of experience and education makes him a valuable man at Hoosier Crane. He is very respected, and he has a wealth of knowledge.
“He is like a crane encyclopedia,” says Williams. “He deserves all the respect and appreciation he gets.”