Marietta, Ohio (PressExposure) April 30, 2012 -- What makes a company a great place to work? Open lines of communication, trust between management and employees, opportunities for growth, pride in the company, working toward a common goal - these are a few of the answers you might hear.
At Eramet Marietta, a metallurgical manufacturing company located on the Ohio River just outside Marietta, Ohio, you could say that company greatness can be measured by the generations of families who choose to work there. In fact, Eramet Marietta, which has been a staple of the Mid-Ohio Valley since the early 1950s, has become a "family tradition" for several local families.
Mitch Gillian, Eramet Marietta's Maintenance Manager and 14-year veteran of Eramet Marietta is the 5th member of his family to call the plant his work "home." His father retired from Eramet in 2000 with 37 years of service - mostly in maintenance. His uncle retired with 38 years in operations. He currently works alongside his brother Pat, who works in the auto/diesel shop, and cousin Mike, who works in the maintenance department.
What makes Eramet Marietta a place that has drawn Mitch and his family there year after year? Mitch says it's the familiarity and stability. "I grew up listening to stories about this plant and what it was like to work there. There's definitely a family culture at Eramet Marietta, with plenty of opportunities for employees to interact with each other and the community."
Although there was a short down turn in the economy in 2009, Mitch says the core business of ferro-manganese production has always been reliable and steady, as Eramet Marietta is one of the only manganese manufacturers in the country. "It's been interesting and encouraging to see Eramet invest in the plant and furnaces, especially over the past few years."
So how did Mitch land at Eramet Marietta? Was it part of the family plan? Mitch says no, not at all. He had actually graduated from Ohio University and taken a job in the College of Communications as their computer lab manager. He knew he wanted to gain experience in a more industrial setting, and Eramet Marietta (Elkem Metals at the time) was looking for a shift foreman. He interviewed for the job and was hired the following month. That was January 1998. The rest you could say, is history.
Like any job, Mitch admits it's not perfect. "Every job has its good days and bad days. But this one gives me the opportunity to problem-solve. In a plant that's been around for years like this one, there are plenty of opportunities for me to make a piece of equipment more reliable" said Mitch. One of the best perks of Mitch's job? Twice traveling to Eramet's global headquarters in Paris, France. On his second visit, he was able to take along his wife to celebrate their 15 year wedding anniversary.
It's no wonder Mitch and his family choose to call Eramet Marietta home.