Although Merrisa doesn'tMerrisa rebuild manual transmissions, she fills many support roles that contribute to the company’s success.

“There’s a lot of variety in my days,” Merrisa says. “That’s what I like about my job.”

Merrisa started her career at ZBAG on a part-time basis. When she was going to college, she did tasks such as sweeping floors and helping with inventory. After earning a four-year degree with a double major in business administration and human resources, she went full time at ZBAG in August 2012.

“I didn’t know what a manual transmission was when I started working here,” Merrisa notes. “Now, I can’t put one together, but I can get out all the parts for you.”

Merrisa’s responsibilities include human resources, accounts payable, and operations management. One of her first projects at ZBAG was to reorganize the manual transmission and transfer case parts in a new warehouse area. She audits the inventory used in rebuilding, runs monthly safety meetings, and purchases break room supplies and promotional materials. Recently a new opportunity opened up. When city officials asked if someone from ZBAG would to serve on Zumbrota’s economic development authority, Merrisa agreed to fill the position.

Merrisa loves baking, and her coworkers are happy when she brings Special K® bars to work. Merrisa uses the classic recipe that contains Special K® cereal, corn syrup, sugar, peanut butter, and butterscotch and chocolate chips. “They like them gooey,” she says.

“It’s a great environment to work in,” Merrisa notes. “I appreciate the way Mark treats us employees, and I understand the value of that.”

Merrisa continues to do her part to make ZBAG a great place for people to work, as well as for customers to find the exact manual transmission or other unit they’re searching for.