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Women’s History Month – Amy Gartman

O’Neal Manufacturing Services, Birmingham

What drew you to work at O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS)? 

I was referred by a colleague who was familiar with the O’Neal brand and family legacy which represented values like mine.  I’ve been with the company for just over three years and have seen those values demonstrated every day. 

What woman has most influenced you in your life and/or career? 

My mother. At the age of 19 she was involved in a car accident, sustaining a broken back and losing use of her legs.  However, as a paraplegic, she never lost faith.  She was strong and determined and lived life to the fullest.  She positively impacted many people with her attitude, independence and grace.  She passed away when I was 19 but instilled in me a strong work ethic and a desire to approach life with drive and appreciation.  

What advice would you give to a woman wishing to start their career in the industry? 

  • Be confident, yet humble
  • Seek advice from those who’ve gone before you
  • Learn as much as you can
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks
  • When you fall down, get up
  • Set goals-have something to work for
  • Embrace change
  • Be grateful
  • Care about people- make someone smile everyday
  • Enjoy the journey

What are you most proud of?

I’m actually more thankful than proud.  I had great role models in my parents who set the foundation for me and family and friends who continue to support me.  There have been several pivotable and defining moments, but all the life experiences and opportunities I’ve been afforded had have shaped me and helped me grow as a person. 

 

Thank you Amy for all that you do for OMS!

Women’s History Month – Jasmine Braxton

Women’s History Month started as just a day. Jimmy Carter declared March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.  He stated “Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contribution went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” It was decided after being petitioned by the national Women’s History Project in 1987 that it would be Women’s History Month in the month of March.  Women have made tremendous contributions to our society and here at O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS).  We celebrate the women in this organization and continue to value and respect their voice.

Our first spotlight is Jasmine Braxton at our Louisville Plant.

What drew you to work at OMS? 

The opportunity to work for a company that I can showcase my ability is what drew me in. At my previous workplace, it seemed as if I was only a number… Here at OMS there is always room for growth. There is always someone pushing and motivating you to learn more within the company. You can start off as a general operator and work your way up into other opportunities. The atmosphere here isn’t just about production, but also about growing friendships. People here take the time to learn from/about each other, and ensure the friendships grow outside the facility.

What woman has most influenced you in your life and/or career? 

My mother has the most influence in my life. She is my motivator, supporter, my biggest fan. Whether she knows it or not I have learned many skill sets from her. From her start on the little Philippine islands to the United States. She has shown me what independence really looks like. Losing both parents at an early age was a big motivator. Even through the many obstacles, she did it all with a smile on her face. Her capability of handling any bad situation and making it a positive is what I incorporate in my daily task. Salamat Nanay.  

What advice would you give to a woman wishing to start their career in the industry? 

Take the leap is the advice I would give to a woman wishing to start their career in the industry. There are plenty of young women looking up to you. I can attest, I have a daughter and nieces rooting for me. There is money to be made in an industry full of men. Women can strive and make their own path to provide for their family and themselves. Push yourself to pave that way for other young women that think this career is only allocated to men.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of being a mother. They both are what motivate me each day. Knowing that they both look up to me for confidence, support, and creativity is my biggest drive. I am proud that I can inspire them to be able to do and become what they set their minds to.

Black History Month – Wayne Pina

O’Neal Manufacturing Services, Houston

Tell us about your current role?

I’m currently an angle line operator for OMS Houston. Previously, I worked as a Quality Assurance Technician and Maintenance Technician.

Tell us about a moment in Black History that influenced or shaped your career/life.

The inauguration of Barack Obama as our first black President, the inauguration of Kamala Harris as our first black, female Vice President and the advancement of blacks in professional coaching positions are just a few things that have influenced my perspective on life.

What motivates you to come to work each day?

 The opportunity for advancement motivates me to continuously show up for work.

What are you most proud of in your life/career?

My work ethic are personal qualities that I am proud of.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our team, Wayne!

Black History Month – Chauncey Calhoun

O’Neal Manufacturing Services, Louisville

Tell us about your current role?

I am a welder here at O’Neal. I came intending to learn as much as possible and look to advance into bigger roles.

Tell us about a moment in Black History that influenced or shaped your career/life.

Stories of my grandfather, Oscar Calhoun, has always inspired me.  He was a Head Chef at several places here in Louisville such as L& N railroad chef, Embassy Supper Club, Louisville Country Club, and Kunz Hurstbourne to name a few at a time when many blacks didn’t get prominent jobs.  Also at establishments that catered mainly at the time to wealthy white people. So throughout my life, in the spirit of my granddad, I’ve always been one to want to break down barriers and do things that people say can’t be done.

What motivates you to come to work each day?

I’m motivated to come to work by my children, nieces, nephews and any others from younger generations that look up to me.  I look to be a role model to them like my father was to me. For them to see positive black men doing things right and showing them that hard work pays off at any level.  That role models are not just entertainers and athletes, but anyone they can gain positive knowledge from.

What are you most proud of in your life/career?

I’m most proud of my children, who are another thing that motivates me to come to work.  I am proud of the people they have become. The parents that they are to their children.  My daughter is a great mom and hard worker. My son for obtaining his degree, which in my family has been rare, but something we look forward to changing with every generation going forward.  The people they have become is a reward for the work that me and their mom put in.

Thank you for your hard work and for all that you bring to OMS, Chauncey!

Black History Month – Nyasanu Greene

O’Neal Manufacturing Services, Pittsburgh

Tell us about your current role?

My current role is as Production Supervisor. We are a man down in inventory so I help out there and I’m using this as a chance to learn that side of the business also.

Tell us about a moment in Black History that influenced or shaped your career/life.

Black history, for me, is watching movies and reading about the struggles African Americans have had to endure with the odds stacked against them at times. Seeing and reading about these struggles have taught me to take advantage of opportunities presented to me and to not take anything for granted

What motivates you to come to work each day?

My family is my motivation to strive and be the best I can be at work. I go by the old saying, “You want your kids to have it better off than you did”. 

What are you most proud of in your life/career?

Once again, I’m a family man and all of my children at one point or another have told me they are proud to call me their dad.

Thank you Nyasanu for all of your hard work and dedication to our team!

Black History Month – Terrena Kayondo

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. It developed due to the lack of black history being taught. Woodson chose the second week in February, as it encompassed both Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14 and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 dates the Black community had, at that time, celebrated for decades.

O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) is taking part in this year’s celebration by spotlighting members of our staff whose exemplary work assist the mission of OMS every day.

Our first spotlight is Terrena Kayondo, she is the HRBP in our Louisville, KY location. Listen to know about how black history has shaped her life.

Tell us about your current role?

In my current role I am the HRBP in Louisville, KY. I assist the plant leadership, employees, and organization with reaching our goals while ensuring the mission and values are embedded in my daily activities.  I also lead the Diversity and Inclusion Team with OMS.  In this role I am leading the initiative to ensure that OMS is a company that all people feel welcomed, respected, and included in all levels of the organization.

Tell us about a moment in Black History that influenced or shaped your career/life.

Every moment in Black History shaped my career in one way or another.  Without the sacrifices of many of my ancestors, I would not even be able to be asked this question now and in the role I hold today. Their selflessness to keep pushing and never give up was instilled in me by my aunt and gave me the drive I have today.

The moment in Black History that has affected and changed me the most is the killing of George Floyd.  Prior to his death, I was aware of my history and celebrated it in my own right.  With his death it was if the inner voice spoke out and began to correct and speak out to the injustices, and failures that we have long overlooked and accepted.  Prior to this I just listened and tried to be the person that worked 10x harder to dispel the myths and stereotypes. The reaction to his death finally gave me hope that we can come together to finally combat inequalities in the workplace and society.  It also helped me learn more about my black history beyond Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. Now I proceed with purpose, passion, and persistence.

What motivates you to come to work each day?

My family really motivates me.  I want to be able to show my son that he can reach any goal he sets no matter his color or what his last name may be. I also find being able to try to help just one employee or make a difference in their life drives me to work hard each day.

What are you most proud of in your life/career?

I am most proud of being true to myself and not allowing obstacles get in the way of being successful.  I am also most proud of making the decision to step out on faith and put my family first.

Employee Spotlight – Michael Hankins

Congratulations to Michael Hankins for 14 years of service at O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS)!

We interviewed Michael and asked how about life at OMS, below is what he had to say:


How did you first learn about OMS?

Employee Referral – Barb Stevens.

What is your favorite part about working for OMS?

There is a lot of good, the schedule, benefits are great and good staff.

How long have you been with OMS?

14 years.

Do you have a favorite quote?

When all is equal, the stronger man will win.

How do you define success?

Being happy.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

How to fly a plane.

What are 3 words you would use to describe OMS?

Skillful, competitive, and enjoyable.

What do you do in your spare time?

Ride horses in the summer and redo furniture.

What is your role at OMS?

Plasma Operator and Lead Man.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Always busy and every day is different.

Thank you for the value that you bring to OMS and for all of your hard work, Michael! #LetsBuildThings

Employee Spotlight – Joshua Rheinlander

O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) would like to thank Joshua for the work ethic and value he brings to our Houston facility!

Scroll down to learn what a day in the life at OMS is like for Joshua.


How did you first learn about OMS?

I discovered OMS through an online job board posting about a year ago.

What have you gained by working at OMS?

Working for OMS has offered some great insights into the fundamental workings of a manufacturing company. Among the many things I have learned during my time with OMS, gained a broader view of the ins and outs when it comes to properly maintaining the wide variety of machines our company uses on a daily basis. I have also had the opportunity to develop strong interpersonal relationships with my fellow coworkers, all the while growing what hopes to be a long and successful career with a great company.

What is your favorite thing about working for OMS?

I would have to say my favorite thing about working at OMS is the varying work that has been put to me, which has allowed me to continue to expand my abilities and satiate my ever present curiosity and desire for knowledge

What is your role at OMS? How long have you been working at OMS?

My current position at OMS is a maintenance tech, I have held this role for the last seven months. I began my employment with OMS in the middle of December 2018.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am the oldest male in a family of ten kids. I am a health and fitness enthusiast. I have spent a large portion of my time trying out adventurous activities including deep sea diving, rock climbing, snowboarding and sky diving. I have also made fair attempts at more moderately paced hobbies such as cooking, fly tying, decorative knotting and am a decent hand with a needle and thread. I enjoy reading a broad range of subjects, listening to podcasts and spending time with my wife and dog when I can.

Where would you like to travel to?

I can’t really pick a particular place I would like to travel to more than any other. There are so many amazing places to see it would take a lifetime of travel to get to them all.

Favorite vacation spot?

Currently my favorite vacation spot is Park City Utah, which has become an annual destination for some of my family in the last few years.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of my life I would have to say my wife’s turkey empanadas, they are absolutely fantastic.

What advice do you have for prospective OMS candidates?

Advice I can give to prospective candidates for this, or any company, is work hard, be available, and take pride in what you do. You put your name on your work and build your own reputation through your actions.

We look forward to seeing everything you accomplish in 2020. Thank you Joshua! #LetsBuildThings

Employee Spotlight – Tom Ryan

Congratulations to Tom Ryan for almost 15 years of service at O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS)! We asked Tom a few questions about himself and OMS. Here is what he had to say:


How long have you been working at OMS?

14 years 9 months.

What does a typical day look like?

Will run anywhere between 2 and 12 jobs per shift. Will set up the press brake and all tooling according to the specifications on the work order. Also helps train new employees.

Favorite vacation spot?

Cayman Islands.

Food you cannot resist?

Ribeye Steak, fresh off of the grill, rare.

Favorite song?

Men at Work, “Down By The Sea.”

Who inspires you?

Mom and son who deals with a health issue.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

When you jump out of the plane, keep one hand on the reserve rip cord! – Drill Sergeant

What is you “go to” productivity tip?

When problem solving/troubleshooting…just start setting stuff up and the solution comes to you.

What are three words to describe OMS?

Friendly, reliable, potential.

Favorite thing about working at OMS?

Climate controlled, safe environment.

Thank you Tom for the value that you add to OMS, your work ethic, and almost 15 years of service! #LetsBuildThings

Retirement Assistance in Monterrey

O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ (OMS) Monterrey facility hosted a meeting to assist employees 50 years and older in learning their next steps for retirement.


In Monterrey, Mexico, Afore Banorte’s team and their HR Manager, Juan Rodriguez, met with 70 employees to talk about their retirement plans. These meetings took place over multiple days, ensuring that both day and night shift employees could attend. The team provided detailed focus for the employees so that they would know what they can do to prepare for retirement.

 

The team met with the employees with one goal in mind — to walk them through their current living situations and create awareness for the next step in their lives. Each job title that OMS Monterrey has includes subdivisions or categories that relate to different levels of job skill. The more skills that an employee gains, the higher category that an employee will be in. Each person is encouraged to improve in their working category so that they can win every benefit and bonus that OMS provides for them. If they are brought up to a higher category of excellence, they receive salary increases that reflect the pensions they will receive upon retirement.

 

Thank you to OMS Monterrey for hosting this retirement awareness meeting and thank you to all of the employees for your hard work at OMS. We look forward to seeing what you accomplish before your well deserved retirement! #LetsBuildPeople #LetsBuildThings