Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
E&E Manufacturing Company is celebrating 50 years as a diverse stamping manufacturer. This family-owned small business began as a stamped-fastener supplier to the automotive industry in 1962. Today, it supplies more than 40 customers on four continents, designing and manufacturing structures and frames for wheeled vehicles in the military, commercial, and industrial markets. E&E offers design, engineering, product development, and assembly analysis.
The company provides stamped and fabricated metal products, with stamping capability ranging from 100 tons to 2,500 tons. E&E devotes more than 20,000 hours of product engineering and development assistance to its customers annually.
The company has more than 250,000 square feet of production capability in Plymouth, Michigan, where its headquarters are located, and a 200,000-square-foot facility in Athens, Tennessee. Most of the company’s sales come from automotive business accounts, but significant growth is currently coming from military and office furniture customers.
E&E’s HR needs vary, but openings often exist for skilled trades (tool and die makers, maintenance and machine-repair workers, and electricians), engineers, press operators, quality supervisors, and production supervisors.
E&E is not new to recruiting military talent. The company understands that ex-military have a lot of skills, training, and abilities to bring to the table – many of which are not found as easily in civilian populations. The company is interested in hiring veterans because it believes they come with several important qualities:
• Discipline: This is usually the first concept that most people think of when they think of the military. This applies to both mental and physical discipline.
• Early responsibility: The military places high expectations on servicemembers very early in their careers.
• Durability: Working long days and putting in long hours is something that ex-military understand.
• Punctuality: In the military, if you are on time you are late. Veterans understand the importance of not being late and the importance of scheduling.
• Leadership: Ex-military get the job done without a supervisor looking over their shoulders.
Mark Lariviere left the Marine Corps as a corporal. While in the service, he refueled jets and helicopters. Now, he is a production manager for E&E – he oversees the daily activities of the manufacturing and tooling operations. Lariviere recommends that veterans join E&E because of the company’s growth and its dedication to hiring men and women who served their country. “I would encourage veterans to come work for E&E Manufacturing because it is an American company with rich military background,” he said.