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Three AHT Employees Named to Heat Treat Today's 2022 40 under 40 List

Learn about Heat Treat Today 2022 40 under 40 recipients: Chase Gibbs, Clayton Miller and Steve Pasker.

posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2022 in Press Releases

HTT Winners 2022Heat Treat Today is an international publication dedicated to informing manufacturers about heat treatment. Each year, the publication publishes a list of "40 under 40", a group of rising leaders in the North American heat treat industry. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. is pleased to announced that three of its employees were chosen for this year's list: Chase Gibbs (was production supervisor; now quality coordinator), Clay Miller (maintenance manager), and Steve Pasker (operations supervisor).

Get to know these emerging heat treat leaders and why they were selected: 

Chase Gibbs

Chase Gibbs’ impact at Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) extends far beyond his typical job responsibilities and includes cross-departmental innovation, even teaching himself new computer programs. Beginning in 2007 and working in several operational roles, Chase has personified AHT’s core value of teamwork. Other shifts and departments often come to him for metallurgical advice. Other AHT locations also come to him for idea generation and support. Even though Chase’s department is furnaces (carburizing, carbonitriding, etc.), he’s been involved in projects related to induction hardening, cryogenics, shipping and receiving, and more, impacting more than just the team of eight he manages at AHT’s Burton Ave. location in Waterloo, Iowa.

Over the past couple of years, Chase has helped to implement a formal 6S program across all four AHT locations, he’s standardized tool boards and tooling areas for better organization, and he has researched and analyzed new equipment. His actions have resulted in improved efficiency, cost savings, and a more productive and safe environment for employees.

Aside from his regular operational duties, Chase has also assisted the Information Technology department. Teaching himself how to use software like Crystal Reports, he built new reports that guide business decisions and improve existing processes for added business insight and process improvement.

Chase is a great supervisor, a great resource for customers, and all-around a great guy who cares about improving Advanced Heat Treat Corp. and the services they provide.


Clay Miller

Clayton Miller was hired as an electromechanical technician at Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) in 2008 and immediately began to make an impact through his efforts to modernize equipment. In this position, Clay also became an expert in servicing equipment. For 12 years, Clay was mentored in all areas of maintenance for general heat treat services by AHT’s previous maintenance manager of 21 years. Clay had big shoes to fill. AHT relies on Clay to continuously improve the equipment and facilities. In the short time he has been maintenance manager, Clay has helped AHT to install new induction equipment and the first automation line for that department. Clay has worked on a reduced emissions improvement project, equipment upgrades, facility improvements for better process flow, and building expansion projects. At the Burton facility, Clay has overseen the installation of two new induction machines, cryogenics equipment, blast equipment, and the marrying of two new robots with one of those induction machines (the first of its kind at AHT).

Clay is the EHS safety champion and is actively involved as the sole member representing AHT’s Waterloo, IA location. As a manger, Clay brings forward safety issues, provides for continuous reduction of workplace hazards, and stays abreast of new and changing EHS regulations that affect the plant. All of this, and Clay continues to keep the 30+ operating units in tip-top shape, with the facility running 24/7/365.

Clay takes pride in the facility looking clean and organized. His exceptional troubleshooting ability makes him a great manager. As a manager, Clay does more than put out fires, track work, develop procedures, communicate with the team, and make sure day-to-day tasks are done: he is a hands-on manager, repairing and installing equipment, and controlling costs in his department. Clay is a strategic thinker and works to ensure the plant is free of downtime. He helps AHT to move into the future by encouraging the company to invest in new equipment, robotics, and environmentally friendly practices. Clay deserves recognition for efforts to learn the business over the last 14 years.


Steve Pasker

Steve Pasker earned a degree in Architecture and Construction Technology, but quickly realized he was not meant to sit eight hours behind a desk at a computer screen. He discovered heat treat was his passion, and the rest is history. Steve began his time at Advanced Heat Treat Corp. as a part time employee while attending college. A fast learner, Steve was one of the few part time employees to earn the additional responsibility of equipment operation and training other part time employees. After Steve became a full time operator at AHT, he soon progressed to heat treat technician, then to senior heat treat technician. He showed mastery in both his roles as a leader and as a supervisor.

Today, he oversees a furnace line which includes services like carburizing, carbonitriding, normalizing, through hardening, annealing, and stress relieving. Steve is the main point of contact for customer communication regarding these services and always ensures deadlines are met. Steve is an instrumental part of training new employees on processes, equipment, and troubleshooting. Steve has grown up within AHT, learned by doing, and is an expert who can help to ensure customer parts come out perfectly every time.


Congratulations to Chase, Clay & Steve!

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