STOBER Employees Kiss a Pig to Raise Money for Relay for Life


STOBER promotes not only our employees but also our community.  We wanted to raise money for the Relay for Life, so our activities committee came up with the fun idea of having our management team smack lips with a pig!

Each manager had a jar placed in our break rooms with their picture on the jar.  Employees could put money in the jar of the person they wanted to see kiss a pig!  The top three earners would kiss a pig, which was sponsored by Second Chance Thrift Store in Maysville.

The lucky winners were Adam Prater with $331.30, Chris Breeze with $323.68, and Jeff Frodge with $280.09.  The gentlemen donned their finest lipstick to smooch the pig on Friday, April 21.

In total, STOBER raised $1,525.45 for the Relay for Life.  Thanks to all who participated and a special thanks to our three winners for being good sports!


STOBER has launched an inside sales system to provide you with the best possible service. Geographic regions will now have an entire team dedicated to provide customers in that area with seamless quotes and orders, quick answers for questions, and consultative engineering support.

Each pod is comprised of 2 applications engineers and 3 customer service representatives. You will get to know your account managers quickly and know exactly who to go to when you need a STOBER solution. This is all part of STOBER’s dedication to you!

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

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

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!

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

IP69K Certification for STOBER

IP69KThe Food and Drug Administration has high standards of cleanliness for food and beverage manufacturers.  Equipment that is involved in making products in these industries must be able to withstand extreme cleaning solutions.  STOBER Drives Incorporated has gearboxes that can withstand the harsh washdowns required by the FDA.  These gearboxes also have the option of IP69K Certification, which is the highest degree of protection in cleaning processes.

Since the IP69K certification is available for several STOBER units, a large number of industries can use STOBER in their factories, including dairy, fruit and vegetable, snack foods, baking, meat processing, and more.

According to the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices for meat and poultry, all equipment must be of sanitary design.  It states that “the equipment must be cleanable down to the microbiological level.”  To meet this requirement, units are cleaned with steam cleaners at high pressure and with scalding water.  In addition, harsh chemicals may be used to meet more extreme regulations.  These severe cleaning procedures often compromise the paint on the gearbox, allowing for possible contamination of the product and the gearbox.  The rating given to equipment that can withstand these harsh environments is IP69K.

STOBER rose to the challenge to meet the requirements for cleanliness and ensure the durability of the gearbox.  With this IP69K Certification, STOBER’s line can be used in food and beverage applications across the nation.  This certification shows it will provide maximum protection against high pressure washing and/or steam cleaning.  No paint will deteriorate, meaning no contamination from paint chips will occur.  STOBER also has stainless steel units that can withstand caustic solutions that are used for the most severe washdown applications.

For additional information on STOBER’s IP69K Certified products, visit  Information on the Current Good Manufacturing Practices was taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website.  IP69K information was taken from the ifm website.

STOBER’s Apprenticeship Program

Are you struggling with the skills gap? Is it hard to find employees? Many employers find that it is hard to recruit and retain good employees. An apprenticeship can help to “grow your own” employees and to close the skills gap. Apprenticeships are common in Europe. STOBER Maysville began the apprenticeship program in 2005. In our version of an Apprenticeship Program employees receive full-time benefits and pay. However, they work 30 hours and go to college for 10 hours. All school expenses are paid for by the company and they have the option of many College Institutions and Disciplines. You can easily set up your own Apprenticeship Program by contacting your States Department of Labor. Many disciplines are recognized by the state government and can open many grant opportunities to cover the cost of having an Apprentice.

This has been a huge success at STOBER. 84% of apprentices have stayed at the company. Our apprentices are very productive, during the apprenticeship and thereafter. The return on investment typically begins shortly after the apprentice enters the program. Upon completion of the program each apprentice was placed into permanent employment at STOBER Drives Inc. in the discipline they chose as apprentices. 8 of our 10 graduates are in significant leadership roles, and we are confident they will continue to move higher in the organization.

We believe employee development is the most important aspect of our business, and that our apprenticeship program is a major determining factor in our current and future success. “People development” is one of our fundamental business initiatives, even more important than product development, technology, etc. Families, communities and schools develop people to a certain point. Once someone is employed at STOBER, we are very intentional about continuing their personal development.

Learn more…

End User Success Story


Is the gearbox failing in your beverage application? Does it require constant maintenance? Is the chemical cleaning solution destroying the coating? Try using a STOBER gearbox.

Our beverage duty gearbox is designed to withstand constant wash-down. Harsh environments no problem for STOBER. Our gearboxes are available IP69K certified, guaranteeing no contaminants get inside our completely sealed unit. They are sealed for life with no maintenance required during the standard warranty period. A variety of output sizes and mounting options give you ultimate flexibility during installation, even in difficult applications such as incline conveyors.

We have had successes in a variety of applications, including cap sorters, pasteurizers, and fillers. One customer was replacing a unit every two months. They have now been using a STOBER solution for over three years with no replacements!

STOBER beverage page: