Driving the Future: A Passport Journey in the World of Strategic Logistics

Embarking on a professional journey often involves a quest for diverse experiences, whether driven by the allure of a competitive salary, attractive benefits, or the camaraderie within a dynamic team. Strategic Logistics Specialist Ashlyn Kartes was particularly interested in the international opportunities. “I saw the job posting on LinkedIn when I was a senior in college. The position seemed widespread with the opportunity to learn every day. I also liked the fact that it would require some travel, seeing different facilities, and supporting various functions.” 


Although she traveled internationally a few times before she joined Kautex, those trips were limited to top tourist destinations. “At Kautex, I have an opportunity to visit places I would probably never have seen.”  


An employee of Kautex for close to three years, Ashlyn joined the company as an Associate Material Planning and Control, then transitioned into Strategic Logistics after a year. Although she technically works out of the North American Troy, Michigan Headquarters, Ashlyn has visited thirteen of our global sites during her tenure.  

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“I was given the opportunity to travel to Europe in March of 2023 to support some of the EU plants and meet more of the team face to face. I spent time in Kautex Bohemia, Kautex Mallersdorf, and the  

headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Seeing facilities in different regions was a huge learning experience and I am so grateful that my managers supported the trip and wanted to invest that additional time in my growth.”  


It isn’t just the additional passport stamps that has kept Ashlyn working at Kautex. Working in supply chain and logistics requires problem solving and analytical skills, but Ashlyn has found a real joy in the relationships she has built with her colleagues.  


“I have gotten to work with incredibly hard-working people, who are always willing to share their knowledge, and strive for positive results. Josh Baker (Senior Manager Logistics Americas) is a constant inspiration for me. As a mentor he has pushed me to navigate outside my standard job scope, learn every day, and always ask questions." 

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During her time at Kautex, Ashlyn has embraced the different challenges that come from working in the automotive industry. Her drive is evident in her promotion after a year of employment or her willingness to pack up and go wherever, we can’t wait to hear more of Ashlyn’s international stories as she supports the different facilities around the globe.  


“In Prague we were able to grab a bite at a restaurant that had been open since 1375, one of the oldest restaurants in the world that’s still fully operational. We then burned off that meal by walking about 12 miles around the city!”  


In the ever-evolving landscape of logistics in the automotive industry, Ashlyn exemplifies the spirit of a modern professional, seamlessly blending career growth with a passion for cultural exploration. Her journey serves as an inspiration for those seeking fulfillment beyond the confines of a job description, illustrating the profound impact that international experiences can have on both professional development and personal enrichment. Want to join Ashlyn on our team? Find our current openings here

About Kautex

At Kautex, we are driving the future. As a Tier One automotive supplier with more than 30 plants in 13 countries, Kautex designs, develops and manufactures traditional and hybrid fuel systems, advanced cleaning solutions for assisted and autonomous driving, engine camshafts and plastic industrial packaging solutions. A pioneer in the design and manufacture of automotive plastic fuel systems, Kautex is expanding its portfolio to offer smart products and data-driven services to our customers, including thermoplastic composite and composite-metal hybrid battery systems. From a lightweight battery system to a hybrid fuel system to autonomous drive vehicle cleaning systems, Kautex is committed to pioneering solutions for the era of new mobility.

Our employees are part of a global community committed to solving customer needs, leveraging diverse skillsets, making sustainability a differentiator, embracing the diversity that is part of a global, multi-industry leader and creating an environment where employees can build a dynamic career. Together, we are reimagining the future of mobility.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com

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