January 2021 Employee Highlight

Austin Gray, Process Engineer

JAFE chose Austin Gray, our Process Engineer, as the January Employee Highlight. Austin’s best characteristic is his bright personality bringing light to our work culture.


Austin’s beginnings did not suggest he would work at JAFE. He attended Bluffton University after graduating high school and leaving his hometown of Lewisburg, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Sport Management and lived in New York for a short time.

Thankfully, Austin came back to Ohio 10 years ago and applied at JAFE Decorating. He began as a production associate, finding himself working in the old coater room where he would peacefully assemble mirrors with one of his favorite coworker’s, Mr. Poppaw.


Austin received promotions due to his determination, curiosity for improvement, and dedication to his job and fellow employees. He eventually worked his way up to being a Paint Technician and was recently promoted as our Process Engineer, where he ensures all production lines are operating smoothly by programming robotics.


Family means a lot to Austin. He states that without his wife, Sierra, then all of this wouldn’t be possible. “She’s my rock!” He hopes to pay her back someday by traveling to Yellowstone National Park and go Musky fishing together with their two children, Hudson and Wyatt.

Austin, we thank you for your hard work and dedication to JAFE. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, especially after our customers receive their decorated products and employees leave work with smiles on their faces. Thank you, and congratulations!