McGregor Metalworking Companies is a group of family-owned manufacturing plants in Springfield, Ohio, which sits about 45 miles west of Columbus and 25 miles northeast of Dayton.
Morgal Machine Tool Company offers a wide range of capabilities including progressive die stamping, tool and die construction, robotic welded assemblies, and pulley splitting, and metal spinning.
Rose City Manufacturing operates within 60,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space. Its quality systems are compliant to the requirements of QS-9000 and ISO-9002. Rose City Manufacturing manufactures metal stampings, blanks, laminations, and welded assemblies. Value-added operations include, secondary forming and piercing, swaging, resistance welding, robotic MIG welding, and assembly operations.
Ohio Stamping and Machine (OSMI) manufactures first operation blanks and medium to large stampings for the automotive, truck, and appliance industries. Progressive dies, transfers with press up to 1600 tons. Both exposed and unexposed blanks are processed using procedures and standards established to meet critical quality requirements. These first operation blanks are either cut-to-length or die-cut configured blanks.
Carmichael Machine Corporation manufactures precision-machined parts from all grades/types of material for mid-range production runs of 500 to 500,000.
It’s state-of-the-art CNC lathes and machining centers have vertical as well as horizontal capabilities and can produce parts to 12″ (305mm) in diameter, as well as additional shapes and sizes that fit within this range. Secondary, precision-quality finishing processes are also available including broaching, milling, drilling and tapping, grinding and honing.
You’d see the works of McGregor Metalworking Companies among many big-name brands like John Deere, International Harvesters, Honda, Toyota, Cascade, Planet Fitness Treadmill and Rigid Tools at Home Depot.
McGregor began as a flower order business but purchased its first manufacturing machine in 1965. Since then, they’ve been acquiring other businesses such as Rose City, which is primarily known for Huffy Bicycles. Rose City contributed largely to the expansion of the locomotive industry.
Over the past 56 years, this company has continued to innovate and grow, employing around 300 people. For entry-level employment, they look for specific characteristics.
“[We] kind of the gauge to see a little bit about that person and maybe a little bit of what kind of work ethic they might have…Are you going to come to work? Are you going to be on time? And are you going to be productive when you get here?” said HR and Recruitment Manager, Jeannie Seery.
McGregor prides itself on allowing upward mobility within its plant by training employees both internally and externally, through partnerships with Sinclair Community College and the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center.
“We can give you the tools that you need to be successful as far as the work environment goes. It’s just making sure that that now what I call gumption, do you have the gumption to get here,” said Seery.
Springfield has a population of roughly 60,000 people. McGregor takes it upon itself to offer recruitment opportunities at a high school level to get students excited about a potential career in manufacturing at an early stage. These efforts consist of a high school intern program, where students can attend classes part-time and work a flexible full-time schedule with McGregor to complete their studies. Additional apprenticeship opportunities are available through Sinclair Community College for students to gain new skills in an “earn and learn” model.
Sinclair Community College supports McGregor, as well as other area employers, by offering 10 Apprenticeship Program pathways approved by ApprenticeOhio.
“For instance, at Carmichael, we have one apprentice trying to reach his hours while he’s working. He takes one day off during the week to go to school for his lab, he works four days with us and actually gets his 40 in in those four days to make that up and is still achieving his degree as well as working,” said Seery. “We really like being part of those programs and getting students involved in work as well as supporting what they have going on at school as well.”
For new hires, there are different assistant positions available to learn from a McGregor Mentor. This training program allows employees to charter their own course and set up a growth path within the company.
“There are a lot of avenues you can come in as an entry-level helper, move up to an operator, and then maybe down the road, now you’re the manager of an area,” explained Seery.
These avenues come with a full-time position, lucrative wages, benefits, as well as training and growth opportunities.
Jeannie loves to talk to potential employees and is willing to offer tours of McGregor’s facilities based on a high level of interest.
McGregor Metalworking Companies can be found online at www.mcgregormetal.com.
To reach Jeannie Seery – call 937-521-5363.