Employee Highlight - Bent Gronmyr, Plant Manager at Vancouver, Canada
24 August 2020
With over 15 years of experience working with Skretting, Bent Gronmyr is an integral part of the production team at Skretting, Canada. As Plant Manager, Bent looks after the production of feed and maintenance of the mill, “We have a great team of dedicated employees that make sure the wheels keep turning all the way from receiving and dumping raw materials; to putting finished feed in bags. In between, we have 2 departments and 3 shifts spread over 10 different functions from maintenance to mill tech to batch operator and it is a beautiful thing when all functions work well together!” he explains.
Working with Skretting
Bent’s interest in aquaculture began while at school when he worked in the salmon farming industry during his summer jobs. It was in 1996 at a UBC job fair where a representative of the BC Salmon Farmers Association suggested he meet with Skretting about a career with an economics emphasis. “There was no need for an economist at the time but there was a need for someone that could stack bags on the production floor.” Bent took up the offer to help pay off his student loan and there has been no looking back since then. “I feel Skretting has always done well in allowing opportunities for growth within the organization. Over the years the vast majority of plant employees have started on the floor and worked their way up,” he said.
“I was fortunate enough to start as a packager, move to the Nutra line and then train as a Relief Supervisor before becoming a fulltime supervisor. For a year I worked as a process lead and safety chair and then onto production manager and now my current role as plant manager.”
We asked Bent, about his milestone project while at Skretting and he said, that it was in 2014 when Skretting just started to produce Premium 3500 at 39% fat. “We thought we reached the peak a couple of years earlier at 36% fat but with a project to improve coating and cooling on Extruder #2 and some dedicated work by supervisors and extruder operators we broke through “the ceiling”!”
Q & A
Q. What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the industry
A. If you sit and wait it will not fall in your lap, you have to go get it.
Q. What does an ideal weekend look like for you?
A. Putting around my barbeque or charcoal smoker with family and friends.
Q. If you could learn anything new what would it be?
Q. Favorite place to visit for holiday and why
A. Palm Springs – always dry and warm, golf, and great memories.
Q. If you could meet anyone famous (living or dead) who would it be?
A. Alex Ferguson – Manchester United legend.