Site Manager – Sleepy Eye, MN

A true legend, today we honor Jeff as a Koozie Group® Hero for his unparalleled print knowledge, guidance and leadership that has helped build our promotional calendar dynasty. Jeff not only expertly manages a complex business, but challenges our Sleepy Eye site to transform their processes and printing capabilities for future excellence. Even while dealing with new obstacles brought on by the pandemic over the past year, Jeff has evolved the Sleepy Eye facility’s processes and protocols with his ongoing focus and commitment to improve in all areas of our operations.

Jeff started with Koozie Group (previously BIC Graphic) on January 7th, 1984 as a press apprentice. From there he learned how to operate various Litho presses, heat-set web presses and digital printing presses. In 1996, Jeff moved into a pressroom supervisor role and has progressed through different management roles with the company. His most recent position is the Site Manager at our Sleepy Eye site.

“I never thought 36 years ago, knocking on the backdoor of this facility would give me all the opportunities I have had to date, but I’m so appreciative of this company for being in this small town and affording me the opportunity to have a career in my hometown.”

~ Jeff Ibberson

As Sleepy Eye Site Manager, Jeff has oversight of all manufacturing processes in Sleepy Eye from pre-press functions to the moment our products are shipped to distributors. He appreciates that his tasks and interactions with people are different everyday. He feels fortunate to be involved in so many parts of the business from employee/team training to capacity planning, customer experience, technology, finance, continuous improvement and business development.

Recently, Jeff has been excited to work on integrating the HotLine Products book of business because it is such a great opportunity for Koozie Group. Technology enhancements, process improvement and growing our business energizes him to give his best effort to win and succeed.

Jeff’s favorite parts of working at Koozie Group are the people and the work challenges. “I love working with my coworkers at Koozie Group. I am regularly amazed by the amount of knowledge my teammates have about our products, our processes, our customers and our equipment,” says Jeff. “However, more amazing to me is the willingness our employees have to share their knowledge to mentor and help others learn and improve. I also like to win, and with this team we continue to win!”

When it comes to our People Powers, Jeff is most passionate about One Team. Connecting as a team and striving for a common goal is one of the most rewarding experiences for him. Jeff says, “We have a fabulous ONE TEAM mentality here and when I reflect on where we have been in the past – how we connect and collaborate together in the present to overcome obstacles and challenges – I am so excited about what the future holds for this organization.”

Jeff’s favorite Koozie Group product is any calendar, of course! He is proud of all the awesome calendars that our Sleepy Eye Team makes from scratch. Our customers can select pictures, choose a layout, determine a binding style and Jeff guarantees they will be impressed with the end result. If he had to choose another favorite he would choose our beanies (because they keep his head warm!)

In his spare time, you’ll find Jeff spending time with his family. Most likely cooking up a great meal as they gather for special events or really any time. He also enjoys hunting and fishing with friends and spending time within the Sleepy Eye community. A fun fact about Jeff. . . he is a big Christmas fan! He even plays Santa Claus at his family gatherings – just don’t let his nieces or nephews know because he’d hate for that secret to get out!

Thank you Jeff for inspiring us to strive for greatness, your willingness to help outside your scope of ownership without question and for sharing your printing expertise so Koozie Group can bring the best products to our distributor customers!

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