Apprenticeship Program

An apprenticeship program helps you grow your own talent and build your employee’s skillset. Hear from our apprentices how this program has benefited them and helped STOBER continue to be the gold standard.

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Top Ten Reasons SDI loves fall

fall10.  It’s cooler to work in the warehouse!
9.  Gerhardt can spend more time outside.
8.  Festivals and fairs
7.  Process Expo, Fabtech, Automation Fair   and Pack Expo
6.  Pumpkins
5.  Football and fútbol
4.  Visiting customers
3.  Leaves changing
2.  SDI’s anniversary
1.  Thanksgiving!

2016 International Baking Industry Exposition

baking expoSTOBER is proud to exhibit at the 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition in Las Vegas, October 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

We will be showing our solutions for the baking industry! Learn more about our NEMA gearboxes. Each unit can be given a BISC coating. All gearboxes come with a three year warranty and require no maintenance. Visit us in booth 919.

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PS Two-Speed Gearbox

Do you want to have both high cutting speeds and high torque for your machine tool spindle? The STOBER PS Two-Speed gearbox can provide both high speed and high torque in one package.

With its integral planet gear set, the PS provides:two-speed gearbox

  • maximum running smoothness
  • optional liquid cooling to achieve speeds of 10,000 RPM
  • versatile mounting for lathes or machining centers
  • mounting holes for easy installation

For more information on PS Two-Speed Gearbox, visit


Advantages of establishing an apprenticeship program

In the early 2000s, STOBER Drives Inc. of Maysville, Kentucky, faced a problem many American manufacturers are confronted with in rural America today: finding skilled workers and retaining them over time.

There was no pipeline of high school workers or young adults in our area ready to learn the craft of manufacturing gear boxes and motors. But our firm is German-owned, and more than 55 percent of workers graduate from an apprenticeship program in Germany. Our German owners are supportive and encourage people development, so we implemented a STOBER apprenticeship program. Each apprentice is paid full-time wages and benefits while going to school to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The skilled labor gap nationwide is projected to get worse. By 2020, America will experience a shortage of 3 million workers with associate’s degrees or higher and 4 million workers with technical certificates and credentials, according to the Center for American Progress.

Luckily, STOBER began working on this initiative more than 10 years ago and has had successes to report. We hired our 27th apprentice this year. Apprentices work 30 hours and attend school 10 hours per week.

It’s a great way to obtain an education and a job without going into debt. Though the average STOBER apprentice age is about 29 years old, we’ve had people in their 40s apply for the program. We retain 85 percent of our apprentices after graduation. Additionally, our growing reputation as a “people developer” has greatly increased our ability to attract top talent.

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Build your STOBER solution without a catalog

fitsSTOBER has released STOBER FITS, an online configuration tool that allows customers to quickly and easily specify and select STOBER gear reducers. The focus of the tool is to improve overall customer experience, expediting selection, sizing and specification processes for the customer through a unified and convenient online process.

Determining what STOBER product is needed and ordering it typically requires several steps, including specifying a mounting position, paint coating, and more information that is not included in a part number. The intent to improve this process and the growing trend in digital tools is what drove STOBER to create their online configuration tool, STOBER FITS.

Users can simply put in their NEMA or servo motor and see possible STOBER matches. Filters can be applied to narrow results. Then, you can easily choose your output style, mounting position, and more. If a user doesn’t have a motor, it is no problem. They can use the browse option to see all products and use the filters to find one that fits the application.

Once configured, the user can share the configuration with others, save it, or request a quote or drawing.

Try it today!

International Manufacturing Technology Show

imts2016STOBER is proud to exhibit at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in McCormick Place in Chicago September 12-17.
We will be showing our solutions for machine tools! Learn more about our rack and pinion offerings and the complete mechatronic solution provided by STOBER. Visit us in the East Building, Booth E-4865.

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Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award

Frost and Sullivan

STOBER wins the Best Practices Award 2016 for its powerful servomotors – having already earned the prize in 2014 with its PE planetary gear units and PS gearbox.

The reasons given by the judges for their choice particularly emphasized the unbeatable cost-benefit ratio of the servomotors. In combination with the high product quality, this makes the servomotors the most cost-effective solution currently obtainable on the market. Customers who use STOBER servomotors can achieve a notable increase in the profitability of their systems.

In his address on the occasion of the prize giving ceremony Patrick Stöber, Managing Director of Stöber Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, emphasizes that the prize given to the servomotors as a “success model” represents an outstanding tribute to the work of all STOBER employees. This internationally acknowledged and coveted award, he went on to say, is a stimulus to us to make even greater efforts to improve the confidence placed in us by the customer.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for STOBER servomotors:

STOBER Drives 25th Anniversary

STOBER is proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary in Maysville, Kentucky. What started as a small office with three employees has grown to over 120 full-time employees, two campuses spanning 85,000 square feet, and the reputation as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky!

What was it that brought STOBER to Maysville all those years ago? In an excerpt from an interview with Bernd Stoeber, founder, he said, “After reviewing several sites across the U.S., we were particularly impressed by the people of Maysville. They have strong family and community values and are typical of the American work ethic…common sense, quality, and fairness.”

STOBER is proud to offer gear reducers for both the power transmission and motion control markets, rack and pinion systems, and servo motors. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our success and let’s strive for 25 more!

Pictured are Bernd Stoeber and Ursula Thiel, the STOBER leaders who founded the Maysville branch

Looking for a gearbox solution for your mixer?


Any mechanical device used over food production must be of the highest quality. Products that leak oil are not an option!

STOBER’s KS is ideal for dynamic mixing processes. The agitators can be mounted to the rotating flange supported by stout tapered bearings. The hollow bore also allows for air lines to pass through, which are used in the agitation process. The demanding nature of the dynamic mixing is no problem for the KS.

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