GKN Sinter Metals has officially unveiled its newly renovated facility in St Marys, PA, USA, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Among the guests were members of GKN’s Powder Metallurgy leadership team, representatives of the state of Pennsylvania and a large group of the company’s employees.
The construction project has taken over a year and consisted of various locations in the plant being renovated as well as a number of new additions. The refurbishments comprise numerous renovations to employee areas including the manufacturing floor, locker rooms, restrooms, cafeteria and customer areas such as the lobby, conference rooms, the all new Training and Development Center and state-of-the-art Innovation Showroom.
In attendance were members of GKN’s leadership team including the company’s CEO, Nigel Stein. “I was very keen to see us raise the game and to continue to be the biggest powder metal company in the world,” stated Stein. “The two can go together, but just being the biggest doesn’t necessarily mean you are the best. I am proud to say that the St Marys’ team has proven we can be both.”
Also in attendance were Peter Oberparleiter, CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy; Abdul Butt, President GKN Sinter Metals; Wayne Meyer, VP Operations; Brian Durbin, VP of Strategy and Industrial Engineering; Brian Slusarick, Plant Manager – St Marys, and nearly 100 of its employees.
“The project we are celebrating has required leadership investment, foresight, and careful planning and, most importantly, a commitment by all the employees who worked here each day while we were under construction,” stated Plant Manager, Brian Slusarick.
Stein went on to recognise the employees’ efforts in learning and training which he believes empowers each and every employee. “That’s what we really want in GKN; to let our employees give us their best, because when we do that we’re incredibly successful,” Stein said.
State Representative, Matt Gabler acknowledged the GKN leadership for their investment in the St Marys area and surrounding communities. “The workforce you have in front of you here is absolutely phenomenal. Not only are they good at their trade and putting world class products out into the market, but we also know they have hearts of gold,” Gabler said. “They are committed to serving their community and making the world a better place.” In the past twelve months Gabler recognised that the employees raised approximately $20,000 for charity and volunteered over 3,000 hours to their community.
St Marys was one of the many GKN plants to undergo this transformation known by the GKN Sinter Metals organisation as Project Phoenix. Each site involved in the process will undergo a face-lift of the offices and other areas to address future growth and improved facility layout, thus delivering a consistent look and feel throughout the region.
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