• Heather Slinker - Final Inspector

    Every tool from the STIHL manufacturing line is carefully inspected. Heather Slinker makes sure this happens as an assembly inspector on the 4180 trimmer line. She picks up every trimmer that comes down the line, checking that everything is installed properly.

    "If I wouldn't buy it, I send it back for rework," she says.

    Heather works on the busiest assembly line at STIHL headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA. The 4180 trimmer line produces professional-grade trimmers, meant for handling demanding landscape tasks. Lawn care specialists depend on these trimmers for their job, so it's important they work. STIHL inspectors like Heather help guarantee a high level of dependability.

    "Our products are as reliable as the people who build them. We're proud to set the standard for dependability and technical innovation."

    Before Heather worked at STIHL, she was a stay-at-home-mom. She's an outdoor fan, and frequently goes camping with her family. Additionally, she is an avid runner, and has participated in multiple races. She says running helps her keep her focus and maintain her determination to go a little further each time.

    At work, Heather enjoys the company of her fellow STIHL team members. She considers her coworkers like family, and is careful to share the credit of a job well done.

    "We all work together to build STIHL products."

    *Disclaimer: A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.