Matt Cunningham 10/11/2015 | Posted in Fishing, Internationalization, United States
I was lucky enough to get hired on with Jackson Kayak at the beginning of 2011, just after the first official fishing kayak started into production; Drew Gregory’s Coosa. As you can imagine, several people started working for Jackson Kayak during this time frame, partly due to the Coosa really taking off, and it continues to do very well today. On my first day working for JK, I was trained to work in the Cut and Trim department, which incorporates drilling holes in cockpit rims for outfitting in whitewater and recreational boats. Within a couple of months I was given the opportunity to train as a kayak builder, I was stoked to say the least. I could not believe the amount of physical work and detail that goes into each and every kayak that we built, it was amazing. Each and every kayak has to be inspected at every area of the kayaks life in the assembly stage, not every five or even every ten. I spent a couple years getting to know each and every build of kayak that we make; it is a lot to remember to say the least. After about two years of being a builder, I was offered a line leader position in the Whitewater area of assembly, talk about being excited! This job turned into my current position after about one year, which is Customer Service.
Working in Customer Service has been and continues to be a very positive experience. Just for starters, how awesome is it to say that you get to talk to people all around the world on a daily basis. It is exciting to be a part of Jackson Kayak’s continued growth, this is one of the many reasons that I was so attracted to Jackson Kayak to start with. Jackson Kayak is currently in a building that is right around 100,000 square feet, and we will soon be moving to a facility in the same County that is over 300,000. In December of 2014 we started making coolers, you might have heard of them, they are Orion Cooler; arguably the most rugged cooler on the planet. The same rigorous build and quality inspection goes into each one, just like our kayaks. Jackson Kayak and Orion Coolers are truly great companies to work for and grow with. I can’t explain how great it is to work for a company here in the USA that promotes from within.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the Jackson Kayak facility is nearly within walking distance from the water. 😉