Oberg Industries, a full-service contract manufacturer of precision machined and stamped components that is headquartered in Buffalo Township, was honored with the 2017 Employer of the Year award in Butler County by the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board (TCWIB) at its annual breakfast and meeting Friday, December 8, at the Kittanning Country Club.
TCWIB, which is comprised of 37 volunteer community leaders from Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties, chose the winners for the three counties, based on the employers’ efforts to support and utilize the local work force development system. Companies receiving this award have demonstrated significant contributions to building a skilled workforce by implementing innovative training programs and initiatives. There were 13 total nominations for Employer of the Year in all three counties.
The Board honored Oberg Industries for its proactive approach to recruitment and promotion of manufacturing by its participation and leadership in the Butler County Manufacturing Consortium, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Manufacturing Industry Partnership, along with initiatives with the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ program, the Moraine Trails Council Boy Scouts of America Technology Academy and the Junior Apprentice Advantage Program with the Highlands High School.
The company was also recognized for its participation in community and school presentations endorsing careers in manufacturing and its representation on community advisory boards for machine technology at career and technology centers, community colleges and universities. Additionally, Oberg was commended for successful utilization of registered apprenticeships and on-the-job training; the establishment, maintenance and leading of youth engagement and worker pipeline development programs; and the continuous training of its workers.
Renown for being the industry pioneer in high-precision stamping dies and components, Oberg was also an early innovator embracing the importance of workforce development. It was the first company in Pennsylvania to establish a registered, certified apprenticeship program in manufacturing. Oberg now offers more than a dozen apprenticeship programs.
“Our company’s motto is: ‘Customers rely on us and we rely on our people.’ We take great pride in all the investments we make in our employees and we’re so appreciative of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board acknowledging those investments,” said Joe O’Brien, Oberg’s director of human resources.
David Bonvenuto, Oberg Industries’ chief executive officer noted that Oberg’s success is directly attributable to the talents of its skilled workers. “The company’s formula for growth will continue to be a business focused on our employees. Our number one priority will always be to retain, attract and to develop employees who have a sincere passion for precision manufacturing,” Bonvenuto said. “We simply harness that passion to deliver manufacturing solutions in true partnership to the largest companies in the world with products that impact all of our daily lives.”
The company will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018.
Oberg Industries was named Employer of the Year in Butler County by the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. At the award ceremony are, from left, Kevin Boozel, secretary, Butler County Board of Commissioners; Roger Paul, Oberg apprentice lead; Joe O’Brien, Oberg director of human resources; Mark Allen, Oberg manufacturing manager; Linda Wood, Oberg training program manager; Dayne Stauffer, Oberg apprentice lead; Brandon Morhac, toolcrib clerk for Oberg; Jason Falkner, Oberg apprentice lead; and Leslie Osche, chairman, Butler County Board of Commissioners.