An Unforeseen Destiny
A friend talked Dan Johnson into accepting a job at Jonco Die Co. Inc. Twenty-six years later, he's still there, and can now add the 2005 IADD Diecutter/Diemaker of the Year Award to his list of achievements.
"IT WAS NEVER my goal to be a diemaker," said Dan Johnson. "As far as that goes, I didn't even know what I was getting into." But on May 19, 1979, only 48 hours out of Northwestern Bible College with a major in ministries and a minor in psychology, Johnson found himself hired at Jonco Die Co. Inc. as a flat die knifer.
Once he got started at Jonco, he quickly moved onto jigging and then into layout—spending the first five years of his career in the production department. Over the years, Johnson steadily climbed the ladder of success at Jonco, from department supervisor and production manager to operations manager and his current role as customer service manager.
His success at Jonco has been paralleled by his increasing leadership roles at the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD). It is highly evident that Johnson is well respected throughout the diecutting/
diemaking community, as he was voted president-elect of the IADD in 2003, and will take over as president in the fall of this year.
"Dan is an extremely positive person, who never wavered when things got difficult," said Eddie Mucci, the current president of IADD and general manager of National Steel Rule Co. "When you have a leader that has such a clear vision, it becomes contagious."
With his many contributions to the diecutting/diemaking industry and his involvement and leadership in the IADD, Johnson has been honored as packagePRINTING's 2005 IADD Diecutter/
Diemaker of the Year Award.
Growing up Johnson
As a young boy, Johnson spent his summers on his grandfather's dairy farm in central Wisconsin. Basically, from eighth to 12th grades, Johnson was a farmer. As the middle child of three, his earliest memories center around the time he spent working on the farm, and he acknowledges that what he learned during those summers molded him into the man he is today.