Senior Leadership

Jason Buns - COO

Hello Everyone, for those of you who don’t know me, I am Jason Buns, our Chief Operating Officer at Midwest Industries, Inc. I have been here at Midwest since the end of 2005. Even though I feel like I just moved here, this is the longest I’ve lived or worked in any town or job. I grew up Mason City, IA, received my BA from the University of Iowa and MBA from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. With that said, I am 100% Hawkeye and 0% Husker. After college, I joined the Air Force and bounced around to a few different bases with some pretty cool assignments. Among those jobs, I had the opportunity to manage the Air Force’s largest airdrop mission out of Little Rock Air Force Base. I was the Chief of Transportation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was the captain in charge Combat Readiness and Deployments at Offutt Air Force Base. During my last year of active duty, I met my future wife Maggie. We were both moving to Minneapolis so after a long distance Omaha to Iowa City relationship, we settled in the Twin Cities for a while where I went to work for Target Distribution.

At Target, it was a time of major expansion that required people to be mobile to help fuel the growth , so we moved to Kalamazoo, MI and then Cedar Falls, IA where I got the chance to help start up new distribution centers. Target was a great company focused on Leadership Development and bringing out the best in people. Some of our recent initiatives have been a combination of tools that we have tailored for our Midwest culture from Target. When the operations manager position opened here, we decided that it would be nice not to move for a while so we headed here to Ida Grove where we grew our family. I am very lucky to have a great wife and kids (Chance, Silvia, and Sophia). It’s awesome that they and other great kids around here are working at Midwest. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, learning pedal steel guitar, losing at Fortnite and trying to find ways to exercise without getting hurt! I have loved my time here at Midwest and can’t believe how fortunate we are to live in such a small town with so many great people on our team. I am very proud to work for Midwest and amazed at the effort everyone here has put in to making this a great company with an awesome culture.

Jon Devitt - President & CEO

I have been an Iowan for most of my life and grew up on a farm in Estherville, Iowa. When I was 13, my folks moved me to Spirit Lake, IA where I spent my high school and college summers waterskiing, sailing, and fishing on Big Spirit Lake.

My career in the marine industry started at Mau Marine on East Lake Okoboji during my junior year of high school. I assembled ShoreLand’r trailers for Mau in the spring and did light mechanical work on boats during the summer.

I attended Iowa State University and have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I met my wife, Robyn, at ISU and we have 2 daughters and 3 boys: Claudia (25), Olivia (23), Chase (22), Sam (20), and Alexander (12). We are excited to be grandparents in July.

My first job out of college was for a small company (Air Products Equipment) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois near Chicago. I jumped to 3D CAD consulting company (Rand Technologies) to follow my passion for technology. They eventually moved me to Plymouth, Minnesota. In early 1997, I had an opportunity to join my wife’s family’s business and started as a design engineer at Midwest Industries and was blessed to learn from the most talented engineer I’ve met, Byron Godbersen.

In my 25 years with the company, I have been involved in developing and marketing products that enhance boating and waterfront living. My family shares my passion for watersports, and we make the most of every weekend on the lake that we can. I am blessed to work with a great group of people at Midwest Industries and look forward to Leading the World to the Water with you all.