WWJ Closeup, October 2020

STEVE ANDERSON
President
Merrill Mfg. Co.
Storm Lake, Iowa

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
Always grow by developing new products and adding more products to move ahead, or the company will fall behind. There’s no middle ground.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
Be proficient with AutoCAD (computer software) and have learned more about electronic components.

LEARNED SINCE BECOMING PRESIDENT IN 1981?
Became educated regarding corporate insurance, workers’ compensation, medical insurance, depreciation schedules, and other accounting details.

BIGGEST ISSUE FACING MANUFACTURERS IN THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY?
Public education and promotion of the use of water wells for a source of supply.

WHAT ARE THE MOST EXCITING TRENDS YOU SEE IN THE INDUSTRY?
Passage of the Savings Act in the U.S. Congress and the future expansion in the use of water wells across the United States.

WHICH NGWA COMMITTEE DID YOU ENJOY VOLUNTEERING ON THE MOST?
Standards Committee for Water Well Construction. It’s more important than most people realize. We must protect groundwater for the benefit of future generations as well as maintain the integrity of this natural resource. Construction standards are the best way to accomplish this.

WHAT DID IT MEAN TO EARN THE 2019 NGWA MANUFACTURERS
SECTION SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD?
Very honored. The water well industry has been my life for 45 years full time, plus four years part time while in college. My entire life’s work has been designing and building water well and water system products. Presently with 10 patents and a couple others in process, my work is far from over.