Hear What our Employees Have to Say...

Nancy Martinez

Position: Project Estimator

Tenure: 2 Years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

I embrace the collaboration and transparency in the workplace at YKK AP. In my opinion, YKK AP company culture mirrors my personal values and principles. I have incorporated the 25 Fundamental Behaviors into my personal and professional life.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me as an estimator would be to determine current project scope of work by thoroughly analyzing blueprints and specifications provided by our customers. After identifying and confirming scope of work with customer, I then move on to pricing material/preparing official scope proposal for customer.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

To name a few, the most rewarding part of my job is that it educates me, challenges me, engages me, nurtures me, inspires me, and empowers me on daily basis. I am proud and beyond blessed to be part of this YKK AP family.

Hiroshi Sano

Position: Plant Manager 

Tenure: 33 Years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

YKK was founded in Japan in 1934, and "YKK AP America Inc." was born in 1991. Currently, the YKK Group operates in 72 countries around the world based on the corporate philosophy of the "Cycle of Goodness". In other words, it is a wonderful idea that there is no reflection of oneself without trying to benefit others.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Currently, my job has changed to manager, monitoring the daily situation of the factory and thinking about the future of the factory. I used to be an engineer. Ever since I was a kid, I longed to be an engineer and my dream came true.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

As a manager, I have to take responsibility whether the result is good or bad. I always hope for good results if possible, but not always. I am very happy when all the staff comes together to overcome the difficult situation.

Brian Goss

Position: Material Handler

Tenure: 5 Years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

Culture is directly related to people’s values, beliefs, and personal interests. I have found that at other companies there were not a lot of opportunities that allowed us to interact with each other and allow us to build on a culture that is inclusive. YKK AP lets you explore that cultural identity.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day is determined by the days’ work blueprint. For example, it could be a day for cycle counting, unloading a vendor’s truck, issuing to and/or releasing inventory, in addition to ad hoc occurrences associated with satisfying both internal and external customer requests.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is to know that I have given 100% in response to my internal and external customers’ needs.