National Apprenticeship Week

MCTC RECOGNIZES KY FAME STUDENTS DURING NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK

By Maysville Community and Technical College

November 20 marks the second annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), proclaimed by President Barack Obama to recognize apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy, nationwide. The United States currently has approximately 375,000 apprentices working with more than 150,000 employers.

Kentucky has its share of apprenticeship programs in a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing. The KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) program was started by Toyota in 2009 and has spread throughout Kentucky to help fill the need for multi-skilled technicians.  Over 120 employers statewide are participating in the program and the purpose is to implement dual track, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers.

Currently there are ten KY FAME chapters across the state of Kentucky. In 2015, the Northeast KY FAME chapter was formed. Peter Feil, Vice President and General Manager of Stober Drives, is the chair of the Northeast chapter and also serves on the state KY FAME board. “Establishing a FAME chapter in our region is the first step by the private sector to create opportunities for individuals to gain needed job skills and work experience to help our economy grow,” said Feil. “Private sector leadership in collaboration with our education, workforce and economic development partners is essential for our region to meet the current and future workforce demands.”

After being accepted into the program, students earn a two-year degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) while attending classes at Maysville Community and Technical College two full days per week and working in a paid position at a local employer three days a week. This gives students the opportunity to graduate with a degree and two year’s work experience with little to no debt and a potential job.

In August, fifteen students paired up with ten Northeast KY FAME companies to begin their two-year journey. Companies participating in the program are Cooper Standard (Mt. Sterling), CTI Foods (Owingsville), East Kentucky Power (Maysville), KDMK (Mt. Sterling), Morehead Wood Products (Morehead), Regal Beloit (Morehead), SRG (Morehead), Stober Drives (Maysville), the Walker Company (Mt. Sterling) and Tyson Foods (Claryville). “We’ve learned many things in the class room, from hydraulic models to electrical circuits, but the one thing the KY FAME program has taught me the most is how to be a professional.” Austin Blythe, apprentice currently working with the Walker Company in Mt. Sterling.

“Not only do we cover the technical requirements of the program in the classroom, communication and professional behaviors are being taught as well,” claims David Hatton, KY FAME Instructor at MCTC. “The ability to communicate both verbally and written is a must in this modern fast paced industry and the skills the students are learning in this program they will be able to use the rest of their lives.”

“Today’s sophisticated equipment requires highly trained technical skills for operation and/or maintenance,” stated Regal’s Plant Manager Randy Norwood. “Regal believes that KY FAME, working in partnership with Kentucky manufacturers will fill this ever increasing need.  A solid education combined with real world work experience is a perfect combination! Regal Supports KY FAME.”

If your company would like to learn more about participating in the KY FAME program, if you would like to become a KY FAME participant or if you just want to learn more information, call MCTC’s Workforce Solutions at 606-759-7141, ext.66120 or visit http://www.kyfame.com.

Veterans Day

veterans daySTOBER is grateful for the service of our armed forces and would like to thank all our veterans. Here is a list of our employees and their family members who have served:

Stacy Berry
Husband of employee Stephanie Berry
Army 1986-1994
1st Gulf War

Larry Pitts
Father of employee Stephanie Berry
Army 1969-1971
Vietnam War

Richard Justice
Father of employee Brandon Justice
Navy

Charles Hardymon
Grandfather of employee Brandon Justice
Air Force

Rudy Justice
Grandfather of employee Brandon Justice
Army

James Donald Benedict
Father of employee Kenneth Benedict
Army WWII, fought in Germany

Gregory Michael Benedict
Brother of employee Kenneth Benedict
Marine Corp
Vietnam War

Edwin Benedict
Brother of employee Kenneth Benedict
Army
Korean War

Herman Frodge
Father of employee Jeff Frodge
Army Reserve 1962-1968

Derrick Frodge
Cousin of employee Jeff Frodge
Army/KY National Guard
Active duty 1989-present
Operation Enduring Freedom

Jerry Mack
Employee
Navy 1988-1992
Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm
Bahrain (Persian Gulf)/Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

Ernie Hamm
Employee
Marines 1979-1987

Adrian Bauer
Grandfather of employee Chris Bauer
Army 1944-45
WWII

Bill Bauer
Uncle of employee Chris Bauer
Army 1970-76
Vietnam/Peacetime

Eugene F. Grigson
Grandfather of employee D. Clay Graves
Army-Airforce 1946-1949

Jeremiah D. MacRoberts
Brother of employee D. Clay Graves
Army/Army Reserve 1997-current

Terry Vice
Spouse of employee Melissa Vice
Army 1967-1970
Vietnam War

Earl Bennington
Employee
Air Force 1972-1992

Simon Smith
Father of employee Doris Gallenstein
1942-1945
WWII

Cecil Smith
Uncle of employee Doris Gallenstein
POW WWII

John Shanklin
Grandfather of employee Amy Appelman
Army 1950-1952
Korean Conflict

James Cristiano
Grandfather of employee Scott Moulis
Army 1942-1944
Stationed in Philippines

Jason Prater
Brother of employee Adam Prater
Air Force 1999-present
Operation Iraqi Freedom/War on Terror

Robert Prater
Grandfather of employee Adam Prater
Army 1943-1945
WWII

Kenneth Hamilton
Grandfather of employee Adam Prater
Army 1953-1958
Navy 1958-1961
Korean War

Jerry Littleton
Grandfather of employee Megan Fulton
Army 1969-1970
Vietnam War

James F. Ishmael
Father of employee Angie Ishmael/Grandfather of employee Luke Buchanan
Air Force 2 years
Korean War

Charles M. Ishmael
Uncle of employee Angie Ishmael/Great uncle of employee Luke Buchanan
Army 2 years
Korean War

Michael K. Montgomery
Fiancé of employee Angie Ishmael
Air Force 6 years
Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Ky M. Covert
Nephew of employee Angie Ishmael
Air Force 2009-present

Bill Marshall
Retired employee
Army Reserve 8 years
Peacetime

Barry Fields
Retired Employee
Army 1972-1974

Donnie Black
Employee
Army 20 years
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mitch Riley
Employee
Army 3 years

Ryan Forman
Employee
Army 1987-1994
Gulf War

Ryan Kissell
Son of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Army 1993-2004
Iraqi War Operation Iraqi Freedom

Gerald Foister Sr.
Spouse of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Army 1969-1971
Vietnam War

Gerald Foister Jr.
Stepson of Retired Employee Karen Foister
Army National Guard 1988-1989
Desert Storm

Robert Douglass
Father of Retried Employee Karen Foister
US Army
WWII Decorated

George Barnes
Brother of Retried Employee Karen Foister
Navy Career

Poppy John Kinzer
Uncle of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Army
WWII Decorated

Raymond Barnes
Brother of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Air Force
Career

Denver Barnes
Brother of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Air Force
Career

Michael Barnes
Nephew of Retired Employee Karen Foister
National Guard 2003 – present

William Purdon – Deceased
U.S. Army 1939-1943
World War II
Father of Sue Purdon

Michael A. Purdon – Deceased
U.S. Navy 1969-1974
Vietnam War
Brother of Sue Purdon

John K. Highfield- Deceased
U.S. Army 1940-1944
World War II
Uncle of Sue Purdon

Sunshine and Jason Polk
Niece and her husband of
Employee Pat Calchera
Air Force Career

Stanley Moran
Father of Employee Pat Calchera
Air Force/Korean War

Donald Moran
Uncle of Employee Pat Calchera
Navy 10 years

Automation Fair

automation fairAre you attending Rockwell’s Automation Fair in Atlanta, Georgia? Are you looking for a mechatronic system? STOBER has the solution for you. From gearboxes to motors to rack and pinion, we can do all the calculations and sizing for you. Visit STOBER at Booth 1631.

Register now!

Relay for Life

 

relay for lifeSTOBER is proud to help our employees, their families, and our community. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our employees want to show their support for those who have fought or are fighting breast cancer. Pink STOBER t-shirts were sold and worn on Wednesdays in October. The proceeds, over $1,200, were donated to the Relay for Life, Cancer Care Club, and STOBER Employee Assistance Fund.

Thanks to everyone who participated! To learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

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.

To apply for a career at STOBER, visit www.stober.com

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.

Registration Information:  http://www.ibie2016.com/register/

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 http://www.stober.com/motion_control/PS_series/

 

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!