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Oberg Industries Manager Appointed President of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)


NIMS recently announced the election of Greg Chambers from Oberg Industries as their President for a two-year term. NIMS is a non-profit organization that was created in 1995 by a coalition of U.S. metalworking trade associations. NIMS links workers, employers, trainers, and educators across the country and helps to define and continuously update the skill requirements of the metalworking industry to ensure a pipeline of skilled workers.

Greg is the Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS) Manager and 23-year employee of Oberg Industries, a $125 million manufacturer of precision components headquartered in Freeport, PA. With a degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Greg began his career machining precision components for Oberg while learning about and promoting the worthwhile benefits of the metalworking industry.

The company recognized his many talents and within one year of receiving his journeyman certification, Greg was promoted to manager of training and development. He has been steadily improving Oberg's renowned Apprentice Training Program offered to employees in the company's U.S. facilities and has been integrating apprentice practices into Oberg's other manufacturing operations in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Greg is an integral member of the Oberg Team where he has been managing the EHS area for several years. "Overseeing Oberg's apprentice program as well as the health and safety of our employees are Greg's primary responsibilities, but he has been instrumental with promoting manufacturing as a successful career choice among our youth", commented Robert Wagner, President and CEO of Oberg Industries. "As the current President of NIMS and Vice President of The American Apprenticeship Roundtable, Greg continues to use his knowledge and skills to help improve metalworking training standards for the industry", added Mr. Wagner.

As host of the Precision Machining Competition at the 2007 Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference, Greg recently addressed a group of our nation's best students, champions in their occupational skill areas. "We live and work within a global marketplace and you'll find no lack of opportunities or challenges as you bring your skills to this industry", said Chambers.

Greg Chambers spends much of his free time involved with community affairs including his participation as a recruitment liaison and guest speaker with many high schools, colleges, universities and business organizations in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S.A. Additionally, Greg is part of a local and progressive association group that was instrumental in bringing the "Battlebots IQ" program to Western Pennsylvania. This annual event trumpets students, technology, and teamwork of the surrounding secondary schools, allowing them to design and build small scale battling robots while learning real world manufacturing and business skills on many levels.

Headquartered in Freeport, Pennsylvania since 1948, Oberg Industries specializes in providing technology and manufacturing solutions. Oberg is an integrated supplier of multi-axis machining, precision grinding, turning, high tolerance finishing, metal stamping, plating, tooling, automation, and product assembly services. The company uses their ISO 9001and ISO/TS 16949 manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Mexico, and Costa Rica to support customers around the world focused in automotive, medical, metals packaging, aerospace/defense, housing construction, consumer products, oil and gas exploration, and interconnect markets.