Jerry Kowalzek, Maintenance Manager, Minneapolis, MN

Jerry Kowalzek, Maintenance Manager

Found his talent. Showed his interest. Built an achievement-filled 50+ year career.

Jerry Kowalzek has seen and done just about everything in his 50 years at Olympic Steel. From his first post in 1969 as a Warehouseman to running “the Rowe” to repairing machinery, Jerry is a true “jack of all trades.” In 1997, he helped build Olympic Steel’s Bettendorf, Iowa division from a cornfield into a 190,000 square foot manufacturing facility. And when the Washington facilities closed in early 2019, Jerry drove 1,500 miles across the country in the middle of winter pulling a trailer filled with hand tools, compressors and other equipment back to Minneapolis. He redefines “above and beyond.”

The fact is: Jerry originally planned to stay at Olympic Steel for only three months. As his compensation and responsibilities continued to increase, he realized it was a better job than his brother’s tree trimming business. 50 years later, he’s still going strong (and doing tree trimming on the side).

Jerry’s recipe for success is simple: “Find your talent, show your interest and use your achievements to get people to invest in you.”

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