Joe Large, water well and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) manager at Jet-Lube Inc., has been with the company just short of 20 years. The manufacturer of grease products for drilling professionals welcomed him to the team in 1997 as the eastern regional sales manager. Today, he works with the national sales manager to prepare sales, forecast budgets, sales promotions and advertising. He says he is always looking for new opportunities to increase sales with distributor partners, OEMs and other manufacturers. Something he takes very seriously is compliance. “I feel it is the responsibility of a manufacturer to make sure that their products are compliant and meet all the new federal, state, county and city mandates and requirements,” Large says. A recent example involves the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, enacted in 2014. Large and his Jet-Lube teammates took part in presentations and seminars, working together to make sure distributors and contractors were aware of the new mandate.
A. One thing that keeps me going is that I truly enjoy my job. Water is the world’s most valuable natural resource and I’m proud to be a part of an industry that works to not only provide clean and safe water, but also to protect water for the future. It’s also great to work in an industry with so many hardworking and dedicated people. I have also been lucky to have spent eight years as a board member with the National Ground Water Association.