The New Leader Difference

From Cedar Rapids, IA, to Indaiatuba, Brazil, everything at New Leader Manufacturing is rooted in respect. Respect for our team members, respect for our partners, and respect for the end users relying on our equipment to get things done right.

Because of this, we have worked hard to build a culture of pride, trust, and fulfillment—a recipe for success that feeds everyone and creates an environment where respect is second nature.

First, New Leader Manufacturing is more than a job.
Our employees aren’t just here to punch a time clock. They are building a career, achieving personal and professional goals, and making a real difference in the world one innovation at a time.

At the core of NLM’s operations are our Tenets of Success:

• Act Like an Owner
• Be Interested. Stay Interested.
• Create Change. Start with Yourself.
• Seek New Perspectives.
• Fail Fast. Learn Fast.

Each tenet serves as a reminder to take a stake in the work we do, ask questions, and never settle for the status quo—because, without challenge, there would never be change. And without change, there can’t be innovation.

We believe in people and never waste time magnifying mistakes or keeping scores. Instead, we celebrate the failures that move us forward, correct the ones that don’t, and forge ahead as a team.

Most importantly: when we say we care about our employees, we mean it.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: you’re never “just another number.” Everyone knows one another by name—from the top down and everywhere in between. And the care we have for our team members starts from day one.

Safety is always our top priority.

A lot of neat things happen on our manufacturing floor, but sometimes complex and dangerous equipment is required to make it happen. Above all else, we want our employees to be safe, which is why everyone begins their career at NLM with extensive onboarding and safety training. Our commitment to safety continues to be upheld, including through our safety incentives program. When safety goals are reached, NLM provides free lunches companywide. Employees also have the potential to earn bonus PTO hours for meeting other safety targets.

Work-Life Balance

We also want our team to be happy, not just at work but at home, too. After all, happy employees tend to be productive, and who doesn’t love a good win-win? In addition to paid time off, NLM employees are encouraged to balance all aspects of life and what’s important to them through the use of summer hours, flex-time, and volunteer time off.

Health and Wellness

The connection between happiness and physical health is irrefutable, so we also offer gym memberships through our wellness program. Part of NLM’s program includes Virgin Pulse, which is a free app that helps track your steps, record your health goals, and keep you motivated. Employees can earn points that are redeemable for Virgin Pulse purchases, extra PTO, and even health insurance discounts. We also offer lunch and learns and quarterly health and wellness challenges to build morale and encourage engagement between our teams. As a bonus, those activities also earn you points towards rewards.

Anyone can say they respect their employees, but we put our money where our mouth is.

In a culture like ours, we have nothing to gain from empty promises. Respect goes both ways, which is why we say what we do and do what we say—especially as it relates to compensation.

Not only do we beat our competitor’s average salaries by 20%, but we also take pride in something called total compensation, which goes beyond wages. NLM offers excellent healthcare benefits, company-matched HSA and 401k, profit-sharing, and tuition reimbursement. We believe in people, especially our people, and we want you to learn, grow, and excel in your career. We’re happy to help you get there—that’s the New Leader difference.

If you’re looking to build a rewarding career in manufacturing, be a part of something bigger, and make a real difference in the world, then we encourage you to check out our job openings or reach out to for additional information.

You just might be the missing piece to our puzzle.