Representatives from Emerson, who will also be working directly with the new facility in Ash Flat and moving to the area, were present at the job fair and informative sessions held at Ozarka on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and Thursday, Dec. 17.
A new industry is making its way into Sharp County, which will be beneficial for the local economy in many ways. One of those benefits is the creation of jobs.
Emerson prides itself on two business platforms: Automation solutions and commercial and residential solutions. Worldwide, the corporation employees 88,000 individuals in 200 manufacturing locations. Emerson was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.
Its most recent facility will be located Ash Flat, where a two-day job fair event on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 16-17. Though defined as a job fair, representatives from Emerson dove more into details about the timing of jobs, what each job entailed and also what the employees will be manufacturing at the plant.
Those leading the new facility to in Ash Flat, are who presented information at the job fair for those interested in what positions the facility will have to offer. Kate Stanczyk, Lloyd Everard and Paritosh Bhole were those who led the meeting. Among the information given was Emersons values and brand promise. Continuous improvement, supporting their people, focusing on customers, integrity, safety/quality, collaboration and innovation are the core values. Emerson is where technology and engineering come together to create solutions for the benefit of our customers, driven without compromise for a world in action, is the brand promise.
Everard discussed the reasons for relocating to Ash Flat, along with corporation goals. Some reasons given were: Production of benders/pullers will all be under one roof, gives Emerson room to expand as business grows, to improve customer response times, complete vertical integration, new state of the art paint line, dedicated weld extraction and lean manufacturing pull systems.
Everard also stated the new facility will improve transferring products from distribution sites and suppliers. He used a diagram to show the simplicity the new location will bring to Emersons distribution.
The facility itself will house offices/collaboration space, two production areas and lockers. The plant will produce benders, pullers and storage. There are several areas of employment in which to choose. Emerson has partnered with Ozarka College in Ash Flat, who will offer the training courses for the facility.
For those employed at the facility, the definition for machining work includes: Operate machines, read blueprints and diagrams, set up machines and change over machine tooling, verify parts for first piece inspections and wear appropriate PPE. Laser cutting work includes: Create laser files for cutting, program parts according to production schedule, unload parts from machine, sort and identify parts for use and wear appropriate PPE. Forming work will include: Set up machines, change over tooling and create programs for parts; read blueprints and diagrams; form parts on press brake; inspect parts to print using calipers and tape measures and wear appropriate PPE. Welders in the corporation will: MIG weld sheet metal, metal tubing and machined parts; read blueprints and diagrams; fixture and set up parts; adjust welder to appropriate settings and wear appropriate PPE. Paint line work will include: Load and unload product from the paint line, prepare product for paint by washing in booth and masking, paint product using spray guns and wear appropriate PPE.
Material handling, assembly and shipping/receiving are the final areas of employment available. Duties for material handling include: Drive forklifts, transport raw materials/finished product throughout the plant, track incoming and outgoing products, load/unload trailers and wear appropriate PPE. Assembly workers duties include: Use hand tools and power tools to produce finished goods, read work instructions and bill of materials, ensure product function and wear appropriate PPE. Shipping/receiving duties include: Pick product for customer orders, ensure orders match paperwork, load finished goods onto truck, check supplier deliveries against paperwork, receive items into system, put items away in correct location and wear appropriate PPE.
Emerson has received notable honors from various sources. Fortune Magazine named the corporation one of the Worlds Most Admired Companies in 2020. In 2019, Newsweek ranked Emerson highly on the list of Americas Most Responsible Companies and Forbes ranked Emerson in the Top 100 liked best by employees, also in 2019.
Maintenance technicians and management roles have been posted for those interested in applying. Assemblers, machine operators and quality inspector positions will be posted in January; material handlers and shipping/receiving positions will be posted in February and in March, welding positions will be posted.