Employee Spotlight: Eduardo “Lalo” Amasende

If you’re wondering how Eduardo Amasende becomes “Lalo”, you may need to brush up on your etymology. Eduardo means “wealthy guard” while Lalo means “rich guardian”. If you spend any time around his colleagues you’ll quickly learn that their respect for Eduardo is immense. Lalo is a key part of the Alsip team and has a reputation for being someone that can always be counted on.

What was your job title when you started?

General labor, I remember when I started in 2010 I was cleaning and de-boxing, cutting rolls.

What is your current title?

Supervisor, I remember I was working in second shift and John Danker (GM – Alsip Plant) told me one day that he needed a supervisor and without thinking twice I took the opportunity. Later I had the opportunity to switch to first shift and with that I was leading all 3 shifts.

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

Be courageous and try it. This is my favorite core value because thinking back to when I started I did not know what I do today. I wanted to learn more about my role and other roles as well. In doing so I was able to learn what I know now and be in the position I am now.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

For me the most challenging thing to learn in my role as a supervisor was to have the people on the floor respect you and view you as their leader. But with the help of Danker and knowledge in leadership things just made sense.

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

It was very fun and interesting to learn about the machinery at Quincy Recycle, from forklifts to the baler. Taking risks and taking the initiative to learn new things. I remember when I was in second shift the baler was down and no one could come out at that time. So then I called the mechanic and he was telling me what to do to fix it. I would always ask what the problem was and how to fix it.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

The work environment, and the fact that Quincy Recycle gives the opportunity to learn new things and grow.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

I would tell them that the work here is hard but your work pays off. You are not just another employee here you are family.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I like to fish, and when I can play video games with my friends. Spending time with my family and kids.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

My grandfather would always tell me to do my best when no one is watching. Meaning to not just do your best in front of others but all the time even when no one is watching.

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be?

Eye of the tiger- Survivor