VP of Manufacturing Brian Bloczynski recently retired from Kondex after 25 years of service. Bloczynski joined the Company as a focus factory manager on October 13, 1997. He became manufacturing manager shortly thereafter and took over all factory management in 1999. As Kondex grew, so did his role and responsibilities. Bloczynski was actively involved in establishing and achieving Kondex’s ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications and worked closely with associates to develop the framework for new policies and procedures that aligned with ISO requirements. He also spearheaded its 5S program that transformed both facility cleanliness and process flow.

Bloczynski was instrumental in each of Kondex’s building projects. He helped search for land when its current location was built (completed in 2007), and was a key leader for its two expansion projects in 2011/2012 and 2022/2023. Throughout these projects, he enjoyed working with civil engineers, architects, and attorneys, as these encounters all taught him something new beyond manufacturing.

Bloczynski (seated, third from left) and Kondex department leaders gather to celebrate his career with Kondex

“One of the most rewarding parts of my career at Kondex was that I was given the opportunity to do a lot of challenging things that I would not have experienced otherwise. Kondex continues to offer these opportunities, with many of our associates rising to very responsible roles – often after starting out at entry-level jobs. These opportunities are transformational, offering career satisfaction and greater personal security,” said Bloczynski. “I’m proud of the culture we’ve created – people are challenged but allowed to make mistakes and learn from them. And I’m proud of seeing where people started and where they are today.”

“Brian’s tenure at Kondex has been one of the most consequential in our nearly 50-year history. Brian has led the organization through three building projects, multiple manufacturing process installations, and the development of a truly world-class manufacturing facility,” commented Kondex President Keith Johnson. “An organizational leader is often defined by the team that they build and lead. Brian has built an exceptional group of team leaders and managers, which will continue to build upon his legacy for many years after his retirement. Brian’s mark on Kondex will endure for decades to come. He will certainly be missed. We wish him all the best in his retirement and hope to see him at future Kondex events.”

Bloczynski proudly displays his 29.5" walleye from the 2023 ice fishing season