Walk into the warehouse at Leland Olds Station, and some may notice the shelves of materials waiting for future use. But it’s much more than a storage area, and Dusty Simmons, plant warehouse person, understands its role in the successful operation of the facility.
“I think we (the warehouse staff) are a critical element to keep this place running,” she says. “How will people get the parts they need if we’re not around and on some days running our butt off to get the parts to them. We’re a very good asset. The smoother we can run, the happier everyone is – Basin as a whole even to the members at the end of the line.”
As one of four people who work in the warehouse, her main responsibilities change weekly, which is one thing she likes about her job. “It’s not the same thing all the time,” Simmons says, “and I love that aspect of it because otherwise you could get complacent.”
The four rotations include a week unloading new freight, which involves cataloguing new and stocked inventory, delivering freight to employees, and shipping materials; one week providing customer service at the warehouse window; and two weeks serving as an extra, floating between the two areas to help in times of need and doing other tasks.
Ask which role Simmons likes best, and it’s like asking her to choose which child she loves the most. “I like them all,” she says, after rattling off each role’s unique benefits.
“I just like to help people,” Simmons says with a smile.
Check out the full story, A day in the life of warehouse person Dusty Simmons, in the January-February 2016 issue of Basin Today.