How STOBER Motors are Made

STOBER motors  allow for precise control of angular or linear position. The orthocyclically wound motor coil results in a very high copper fill for the winding. Watch the video to see how these motors are wound.

People Development

Why should a company invest in its’ employees? Hear it from our general manager, Peter Feil.

“Giving people the chance to grow and develop has had a positive impact on our corporate culture. Employees trust we want the best for them and aspire to become the best version of themselves. People development, wellness, job creation, and other initiatives offered in house inspire more people to participate in the process– and more company loyalty. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Making an investment in people is a great opportunity for our employees, but it also benefits the company as a whole. Retention increases, job satisfaction rises, and the company performs at a higher level. This also creates a virtuous cycle of talent and promotes local initiatives.

Education reimbursement, onsite classes, and apprenticeships, are just some of the opportunities offered here at STOBER.  We want our people to be the best version of themselves.  Watch our video to learn why developing your people is just good business.

Installation and Maintenance Video

installationFor many years STOBER has offered an instruction video to help with the installation of your reducer.  Since its original publication, there have been many changes.  We are proud to introduce our newly updated installation and maintenance video.

When it comes to installing your STOBER gearbox, you won’t have to read lengthy instruction manuals.  Simply watch the video to learn how to properly install your gearbox.  Our updated video will provide you with peace of mind and save you time.

Click here to watch the complete Installation and Maintenance Series!

STOBER FITS Commercial

Need a gearbox? Want to size it online without using a catalog? You can with STOBER FITS! This easy tool combines visuals and sizing to provide your optimal STOBER solution. You don’t need to be a STOBER expert to use it.


Pre-apprenticeship Program

Is your high school student trying to decide what to do after graduation? Do they need some real world experience?  STOBER offers the chance for a student to spend time in various departments all while getting paid!  Watch our video to learn more or visit our website at

To apply for a career at STOBER, visit

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

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

Charles Hardymon
Grandfather of employee Brandon Justice
Air Force

Rudy Justice
Grandfather of employee Brandon Justice

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

Ernie Hamm
Marines 1979-1987

Adrian Bauer
Grandfather of employee Chris Bauer
Army 1944-45

Bill Bauer
Uncle of employee Chris Bauer
Army 1970-76

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
Air Force 1972-1992

Simon Smith
Father of employee Doris Gallenstein

Cecil Smith
Uncle of employee Doris Gallenstein

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

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

Barry Fields
Retired Employee
Army 1972-1974

Donnie Black
Army 20 years
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mitch Riley
Army 3 years

Ryan Forman
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

Denver Barnes
Brother of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Air Force

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

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