Lab tech gets fired up

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By Lisa King

Even after 10 years on the job, Melissa Mason-Cook still gets fired up about what she does.

“You have to take pride in what you do; that’s important to me,” she said.

A quality control technician at Blaze Products on Isaac Shelby Drive, it’s her job to inspect the company’s product before it’s shipped out.

Blaze makes fuel for chafing dishes, and Mason-Cook said her day begins by checking out samples from each batch of fuel to make sure it burns correctly. She has to lower the lights in the room, she said, so that she can see the flames adequately.

Getting the lighting just right is very important to that part of the testing process, she said.

“It’s kind of like watching the flames in a fireplace,” she said. “I test to make sure it doesn’t cause any problems while it’s burning; I listen for pops, loud sounds, anything that could be of concern.”

Mason-Cook, a resident of Taylorsville, said her routine doesn’t change much from day to day, and she doesn’t mind that. In fact she welcomes it because she knows she’s ready for any situation that could occur.

“I feel good about it because I know all about the product, and I know that it’s been well-tested,” she said.

She also enjoys the camaraderie and the atmosphere of teamwork at the company, she said.

“It’s a great company to work for; that means a lot to me,” she said. “We work well together, and we put out a great product.”


- Compiled by Lisa King