It’s a good thing Logan Putz’s childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball didn’t work out for him, otherwise, Landus would be forced to go without the passion and dedication that he brings to work every day at its Boone location.
Putz grew up in Lacona, Iowa – a town with just over 350 people. On his family farm there, he learned responsibility early by taking care of horses, cows, sheep, pigs, goats and chickens in addition to their crops and hay. And ever since Putz was strong enough to throw a bag of seed, he was helping his dad sell Pioneer.
As the operations superintendent for the Boone location, Putz got his start with Landus as an operations intern during his time at Iowa State University in 2015. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business, he knew he wanted to come back as an Operations Management Associate at Landus in 2016.
“I really think the associate’s program at Landus is amazing. It gets employees trained up for the job,” said Putz.
“Every day at work is different, but that’s what I like. I don’t think anybody wants to do the same thing each day. In the spring I’m delivering seed, chemical and anhydrous, in the fall I’m trying to dump as much grain as I can as quick as I can and in the summer, I’m maintaining grain and equipment.”
The team loads 20 trains a year – a total of 8.8 million bushels flowing into those cars to be sent all over the world.
Putz certainly isn’t afraid to put in the hard work - an attitude he says is important to bring to work every day, in order to contribute to the overall success of the company.
“You should always be supportive of your co-workers and there to help when they need it. But don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it too,” advised Putz.
Over the past four years, Putz says he has come a long way in learning more about management, leadership and customer service – as a part of the professional development training offered at Landus
“The customers are what makes it fun. I really like to get to know the customers and I take pride in having a clean location for them to see.”
Outside of work, Putz and his wife, Connor, enjoy golfing or going to Clear Lake and boating with friends. After retiring, he sees the possibility of going back to be the fourth generation to farm his family’s land.