Our People: Meet Rebecca Johnson of Joyson Safety Systems

By Shawn Goggins

Dec 7, 2020

When Rebecca Johnson sits down at her desk, she realizes she’s working for a company that’s responsible for saving countless lives behind the wheel worldwide and locally. It’s that ‘local’ element that Rebecca fixates on, knowing that the job she does daily contributes to the preservation of life in the community she lives in.

Rebecca is a plant manager at Joyson Safety Systems in Moses Lake. Joyson Safety Sytems is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automotive safety restraints like: airbags systems, child-restraint systems, safety electronics, interior trims, seatbelts, and steering wheels. As a plant manager, Rebecca is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and is a contributor to the oversight of day-to-day operations. Rebecca says her employer has products in 50% of the vehicles driven in Grant County; a fact that inspires her while on the job.

“I think the most crucial part of my job is maintaining employee morale, when our employees are committed, dedicated, and invested in their daily tasks all parts of the organization are positively impacted, i.e. safety, quality and efficiency,” Rebecca explained to Grant County’s Industrial Alliance.

Rebecca says her path to present day employment has primarily consisted of supply chain management. Rebecca’s productive performance afforded her the opportunity to serve in a regional North American role with Joyson.

“Joyson Safety has continually presented me with exceptional professional opportunities, and I knew that taking the Plant Manger position would place me in a position to help the company continue to press forward towards meeting best-in-class manufacturing goals.”

On that note, Rebecca says her employer has expansion plans in Moses Lake as the primary supplier of propellant. She also added that the plant is preparing two new assembly lines for launch; one before the close of 2020 and another by the end of January of 2021. Rebecca says Joyson’s potential for growth is a sign that Joyson and she are here to stay.

“I love the Columbia Basin for all the outdoor opportunities that it affords us and for the insulated opportunities that it affords my children.  My family loves to take full advantage of hiking, water sports, snow sports and everything else in the region!”

Rebecca says she and her family participate in youth sports and she’s a big supporter of the Boys and Girls Club.