Our Outstanding Business Partner for February 2017 was Tekfor of Wooster. Tekfor was nominated by RAMTEC instructor Drew Fuller, and also our Precision Machining instructor Bruce Steiner.
Accepting the award was Human Resources Manager Mike Roden.
Tekfor has been located on Long Road in Wooster since it opened in 2001. While it went through some growing pains, it has persevered and on January 19, received the Business of the Year award from the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce. “Tekfor has grown into a strong corporate citizen and quality employer,” said Chamber President Justin Starlin.
Tekfor specializes in parts for the automobile industry, said president Kevin Weldi. They work with every major car maker. Specifically, they manufacture input gears, and other engine and transmission parts, for four- and all-wheel drive vehicles, typically for pickup trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. Parts made at Tekfor's Wooster plant are in vehicles made by all of the major automotive manufacturers. In 2015, Tekfor added a 25,000 square foot addition to their 100,000 sf building, and is now coordinating with the Schaeffler Group on a torque converter project.
“Tekfor has hired more than 10 Precision Machining alumni since 2008,” said Steiner. “Tekfor has always opened their doors to field trips and job shadowing experiences.”
“Scott Hanis, Director of Human Resources, and Mike Roden have been super to work with, as we seek to match student skills with their needs. Tekfor is a growing company that hires Wayne County Schools Career Center students who have an attention to detail, strong mechanical skills, and great attitudes. Tekfor’s staff has demonstrated that they want to be active corporate citizens who want to partner with the Career Center to help grow their business by identifying the required skills for the next generation of skilled workers. Tekfor promotes from within the company as much as possible and offers many continuing training classes, which provides upward mobility for our recent graduates who chose to build their careers there.
The company has also participated in the whole process, from planning to execution of our RAMTEC building and programming. Scott Hanis, Les Morris and Kurt Thayer are members of our RAMTEC Advisory Committee. Tekfor has made donations to our RAMTEC program and offers continuous help. They participated in Manufacturing Day in Wayne County, and have gone above and beyond any other company in donating their time and knowledge to us.
Tekfor openly advertises our RAMTEC program and promotes the Career Center within their company. Kurt is always available to help our instructors with any questions or concerns.
We thank Tekfor for their continued support of Career and Technical Education in Wayne County.