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Hunt for a Cure Chili Cook-Off

Recently, O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ (OMS) Louisville facility participated in their annual Saint Jude Hunt for a Cure Chili Cook-Off Contest!

The Chili Cook-Off is only one of the luncheons that OMS Louisville has participated in every month since 2012. Every monthly event has a different pot-luck style food theme that has included: the Chili Cook-Off, BBQ favorites, Bacon lovers, and many more. These luncheons allowed Louisville to raise a total of $2,235.00 for St. Jude’s in 2018!



Last month, Louisville employees gathered to throw down the gauntlet and see who cooks the best chili. OMS provided 2 lbs of hamburger meat to each contestant and free reign as to what other ingredients the contestants could use. All employees were invited to participate and prizes were handed out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The 1st place winner also received his own OMS Chili Cook-Off trophy. Thanks to the generous people who attended and participated, they were able to collect $249.00 in the month of October. The proceeds were added to the overall raised money for a grand total of $2,070.00 with 2 more months left to go in the year!



Congratulations to 1st Place Wes Walden with 10 votes, 2nd Place Larry Walden with 7 votes, and 3rd place Terrena Kayondo with 6 votes! Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended this event! #LetsBuildThings 

Larry Walden (pictured left), Wes Walden (pictured center), and Terrena Kayondo (pictured right).

Employee Spotlight – Aaron Thomas

Please help us to congratulate Aaron Thomas, at our Louisville facility, on his recent promotion to Account Manager! We asked Aaron some questions about life and OMS. Below is what he had to say:

What is your favorite part about working for OMS?

I would have to say that the people I work with.  We have a great team and a lot of experience in Louisville.

How long have you been working at OMS?

I’m coming up on 11 years in December.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Not sure what to say on this one.  I guess that I’m semi-ambidextrous—I do some things left handed and some things right handed.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I like that we run into different challenges every day.  I would get bored doing the same thing every day, and my job keeps me learning all the time.

What does a typical day for you look like?

I’m usually locked into the quoting process for most of the day.  I do attend enough meetings and customer/vendor visits to mix it up a little.  Sometimes I get pulled into larger projects and I enjoy the change.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

A good dove field or the woods during deer season are my favorite quick vacation spots.  If I’m going to travel, anywhere with an all-inclusive resort is the best for total relaxation.

When are you the happiest?

At work, I love when we get a big award of new business.  It can be stressful getting large projects started after quoting them, but I enjoy the rush of the win.  Away from work, I’m happiest when I get to relax with my family.

What have you gained from working at OMS?

I was fortunate to get the job as a manufacturing analyst.  I have been able to learn so much about both the sales side and the production side in this role.  I’ve gotten to see what it takes to run a successful plant, and how to properly market the services that plant can provide.

What is your advice for prospective OMS candidates?

I would tell them to come ready to work and learn.  There are many different career paths, so always be ready to try new things and step out of your comfort zone when you get the chance.  You may surprise yourself with what you are good at and what you enjoy doing.

How do you define success?

I would define success simply as getting good at something and getting paid well to do it.

Thank you Aaron for your hard work, dedication to your craft, and 11 years of service! #LetsBuildThings


Manufacturing Day 2019

Since 2012, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has hosted Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY). The events held on this day, and now throughout the month, are meant to help manufacturers confront the problem they face of a skilled labor shortage. O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) participated this year throughout the U.S. at our facilities to support manufacturing growth and opportunity.

MFG DAY represents the idea of spreading the awareness of challenges that the manufacturing industry faces when it comes to common problems and labor shortages. The intent of MFG day is to provide insight into the industry to future generations who may or may not have considered manufacturing as a possible job career. According to the MFG DAY website, “MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers” allowing for them to “coordinate” with a “chorus of manufacturers” who share widespread concerns.

MFG DAY at Pittsburgh

At OMS Pittsburgh, our facility management met with students from a local career and technical school to talk about the history of OMS and what kind of work that we do in Pittsburgh. The students were taken on a tour of the plant and received OMS goody bags along with a little project. Each student received a part sheet containing the pieces to put together a metal frog.

MFG DAY at Cedar Falls

At OMS Iowa Laser, local students were led on a tour of the facility by 4 guides. Each student was taught about the importance of safety in a manufacturing environment. The facility tour led them from blueprint quoting and programming of parts to ordering the steel used in manufacturing. They were then told about how a part would be cut with the laser and where a part would go once it had been cut. Before they learned how to send off a final product, the students were also shown if a part would need to be welded once cut. After they had an understanding of the complete manufacturing process, students were guided to the logistics department and shown how to package and get a product to a customer. Students were then led to the lunchroom to ask any remaining questions they had before heading home!

Thank you to our facilities for participating in MFG DAY and showing our support for the manufacturing industry! #LetsBuildPeople #LetsBuildThings #MFGDay19


Quality Management Systems

Quality Assurance (QA) is a means of preventing mistakes and reducing or averting defects. At O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS), Quality Assurance means much more.

QA is a way of conducting a sound quality management system located in all aspects of OMS’ infrastructure, not just the manufacturing floor. OMS uses a quality management system to better our organization and become the recognized industry leader in the markets we serve. QA is used as a tool for internal auditing, policies and procedures, identifying risks, process improvements, error proof and much more. A sound quality management system drives a OMS to continue to improve at all levels of the business!

The Day to Day Life of a QA Employee

The QA team balances the interests of all involved parties: customers, employees, and shareholders. OMS’ QA teams are so well rounded at every facility that they will be pulled into all areas of business throughout any given day. One moment they may be completing a process audit, the next they may be called for an inspection at a machine or become involved in new product launches. This is what makes OMS’ team so capable when it comes to problem solving. The biggest challenge that a QA team may face is simply where to focus their time at any given moment. All facilities operate independently of each other, but all policies between each facility and team are similar.

In December of 2018, OMS’ QA team started holding monthly calls to gain experience working on projects together. Before September 2019, most of the QA team had not met in person. OMS’ Senior QA Manager Chris Thomas, who works out of the Pittsburgh facility and has been working with OMS for 12 years, found it critical to get everyone together for a meeting. For Chris, it was important for the team to finally put names to faces.

Face to Face at the Ponderosa

Chris, with the help of the central office team, arranged for a meeting to take place at the Ponderosa allowing all managers of the QA team to finally meet face to face. The team worked on multiple projects together, got to know each other better, presented engaging ideas, and overall had a great time.

Thank you to all of our attendees!


  • Russ Bagby – Presenting the current state and the future of OMS
  • Amy Gartman – Presenting what HR means to OMS and how to get engagement from employees
  • Danny Owens – Presenting the importance of Steel School, market trends, and 2020 outlook
  • Melissa Paruskiewicz – Presenting an on-boarding training video for new hires to demonstrate QA
  • Walt Brittain – Presenting the improvements in safety metrics this year and the plans for 2020
  • Chris Thomas – Presenting the importance of Quality Assurance within OMS
  • Jeff Beckner – Presenting his 30 years of experience of internal auditing skills
  • Warren White – Presenting what Process Standard means to the Greensboro facility and how to incorporate it nationwide

QA Managers:

  • Chris Thomas– Pittsburgh, PA
  • Warren White– Greensboro, NC
  • Jeff Beckner– Indianapolis, IN
  • Don Riley – Louisville, KY
  • Larry Merchant – Houston, TX
  • Armando del Tejo – Monterrey, MX
  • Nate Kluiter – Cedar Falls, IA

Thank you to our QA managers and management teams for all of the hard work they put into making OMS such a great company! #LetsBuildThings

Efficient Production using Dynamic Nesting

The manufacturing industry has come a long way when it comes to producing parts efficiently. O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) is a perfect example of that. OMS implements Dynamic Nesting to meet expedited turnaround times needed by clients while maintaining standard workflow…but what is Dynamic Nesting and how does OMS utilize it?

Dynamic Nesting is a process used to cut multiple parts of varying shapes and sizes out of a sheet of material. Parts can vary in size, shape, and due dates. When deciding how to create a part efficiently, it is important to consider dynamic nesting as a means of achieving production at a solid quality standard as well as a method of creating needed parts at a quicker pace. The Fabricator defines Dynamic Nesting as “the nesting of parts that individually meet defined criteria at a given point in time…because new orders are introduced continually, the mix of parts available for nesting changes constantly.” This process allows OMS to meet client’s needs by furthering the ability of the facility to meet tight deadlines.  The programmer can run many parts at once and even run sheets again (if possible) to virtually eliminate material waste. Any “hot parts,” or pieces needed as soon as possible, can be added as a previous nest is completed. This allows for the operator to maintain the production schedule while adapting to new client needs. OMS utilizes an advanced nesting software to meet standard and expedited production deadlines as efficiently as possible.

The workflow of an OMS programmer.

When beginning the nesting process, an OMS programmer will create drawing exchange format (.DXF) files that will be imported into computer-aided manufacturing, or CAM, which will automatically generate layouts for the user. The layouts are then reviewed by the user and saved. After the files are saved, laser toolpathing is assigned for each part. The sheets will then be scheduled up to 2 days ahead of production, allowing time for any needed changes or additions.

The Fabricator states that in 1990, the programmer was involved in every aspect of programming and nesting. There was not a single part that they wouldn’t be involved in fabricating. Now, the programmer is only involved in making sure that production flow is maintained. This allows our facilities to maintain a solid production schedule, making sure that parts are completed on schedule and delivered on time.

We will increase production efficiencies.

Thanks to modern nesting software, adding a part to an existing nest in production is no problem at all. Components that are on a less than efficient nest can be added in between existing nest cycles to minimize material waste. OMS makes sure to use the most efficient nesting possible to avoid creating any scrap metal that cannot be used for other components.

Every step of the way.

Through every step of the nesting process, our team will work to meet your company’s needs using modern dynamic nesting practices to ensure we meet all requirements. OMS’ core drive is to make sure that our clients get what they need…when they need it. OMS has strategically-located facilities that are ready to assist using dynamic nesting and other means to create quality fabricated products. Take a look at our locations page to see what facility can meet your needs today!

Modern dynamic nesting allows for OMS to manufacture parts at a higher turn around and higher quality rate than ever before. Reach out to our team today and see what OMS can do for you! #LetsBuildThings


Employee Spotlight – Dionisio Coronado Esparza

O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) congratulates Monterrey facility’s Dionisio Coronado Esparza on 20 years of service as a welder at OMS! Here’s what Dionisio had to say about working at OMS:

How did you first learn about OMS?

I found out about O’Neal through a friend of mine that was working there. My friend told me they were looking for welders so I went to the interview and got the job.

How do you balance family and your career at OMS?

Well, I know I spend most of the time at the facility, but every day when I go home I talk to my wife about how my day was and how her day was. She is the one that motivates me to keep working hard to get the quarterly trophy for being a great employee. And on the weekends, I try to spend as much time with my family as I can. I enjoy having my grandchildren around so much.

What are 3 words to describe OMS?

I don’t have 3 words specifically, but O’Neal is like my second home. The enterprise has been good with their employees and has helped me to give my family a good life.

What have you gained from working at OMS?

I have gained a lot of experience. Through 20 years, I have worked on many different projects that have helped me to develop my welding skills. These projects have also helped me to develop how I work by myself and how I work with a team.

What is your favorite part about working for OMS?

My favorite part about O’Neal is the working environment. I have made a lot of friends through the years and we still hang out outside of work. Also, I like the feeling of having a place to go to every day.

What was your proudest moment at OMS?

My proudest moment would be that I had the opportunity to give my family a good life. I can pay for my kids’ education. I was able to buy my truck and make an extension on my house. Also, I feel good when the new employees come to me and ask me about work and how to do things the right way. I think that there is no use holding on to your knowledge. We should always help each other.


Thank you Dionisio for your excellent work, positive attitude, and leadership skills! We look forward to hearing of your successes in the upcoming year! #LetsBuildThings

Getting to Know Indianapolis

This year, O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) Indianapolis facility has made a considerable investment to expand its manufacturing capabilities using the latest technology available. Below are a few of the new installations for 2019 at OMS Indianapolis:

TRUMPF TruLaser 5040 6KW Fiber Laser

With an approximate emitted radiation wavelength of 1.03 μm, the TruLaser increases productivity for Indianapolis through faster and more efficient material cutting. Due to its high precision during the manufacturing process, it can even eliminate some machining requirements.

  • Max Speed: 5,512 ipm
  • Accuracy: .002″
  • Repeatability: .0012″
  • Max Material Thickness: Mild Steel – 25 mm, Aluminum – 25 mm, SS – 25 mm, Copper & Brass – 10 mm
  • Cutting Range X Axis 160″ and Y Axis 80″
  • Maximum Work Piece 2000 kg
  • 30 Station Storage System with Capacity for 330,000#

Franklin Model AFC5108x196*3 Axis Angle Fabricator

The Axis Angle Fabricator allows for high tonnage capacity, fast tool changes, and can also act as a replacement unit. This fabricator allows for interchanging dies, unlike any other machine on the current market.

  • Tonnage Punch: 100 tons, Tonnage Shear: 196 tons
  • Max Angle size: 6 x 6 x 1/2
  • Max Hole Size: 1.5″
  • Max Flat Bar Size: 1/2 x 6″
  • 40′ Load System
  • Punches per Leg 3
  • Accuracy +/-1/32″

Haas VF-5/40

The Haas VF-5/40 is used to machine components by hole-making, tapping and face milling.

  • Travel: 50″ X Axis, 26″ Y Axis, and 29.2″ Z Axis
  • 8100 RPM Spindle, 40 Taper with 20 Tool Stations, 30hp
  • Midaco Table to Increase Productivity



Pangborn ES-1990 Mesh Belt

The Pangborn ES-1990 Mesh Belt is used to clean parts by removing oxide and scale from material with steel shot. The cleaning process will leave the product ready to paint.

  • Abrasive Media S330 Commercial Finish SSPC-6
  • Max Belt Load 400# per Linear Foot
  • Work Area 4′ Wide x 20″ High
  • Speed 6-10 FPM



Arku Edge Braker 400 plus Deburring Machine

The Arku Edge Braker 400 cleans edge slag that is left by oxyfuel and plasma processes and eliminates manual grinding operations.

  • Max. material thickness 4″
  • Minimum part dimensions 6 x 1.57″
  • Opening width 51″
  • Variable speed .2 to 6 m/min



This equipment allows for our experienced and skilled team at OMS Indianapolis to work safely, send out higher quality products to our customers, and be more productive. We look forward to seeing what our Indianapolis facility will accomplish in 2020! #LetsBuildThings

Kids O’Neal 2019

Every year O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) in Monterrey, Mexico holds an event that celebrates their employee’s children.

Several years ago, our OMS facility in Monterrey came up with the idea for Kids O’Neal. The objective being to acknowledge and support their employee’s sons and daughters for their excellent performance in school. Through a rewarding event, the kids are encouraged to continue working hard to maintain good grades, inspire other children to become better students, and strengthen family bonds through activities.

This year, 190 employees attended a picnic at the Bosque Magico park and celebrated a total of 44 children. During the event, the kids were awarded 1 gift card, 1 medal, and an acknowledgment for their success in school.

Many collaborators were involved that helped bring the picnic to life. A big thanks to:

  • Brandon Garcia Garcia- Communications
  • Gustavo Hurtado Carrizales- Delegate
  • Juan Rodriguez Jimenez- HR Manager
  • Ana Karen Lozano Garza- Security Coordinator
  • Liliana Nallely Cerda Garcia- Nurse
  • Janeth Magaly Del Río Martinez- Nurse
  • Lucio Hernandez Lopez- Delegate
  • Jorge Alberto Leal Martinez- Payrol
  • David Ricardo Puente Quevedo- RH Assistant
  • Juan Jesus Triana Colunga- Recruitment
  • Kelvin Jesus Morales Martinez- Recruitment
  • Katia Berenice Luna Rocha- Recruitment
  • Jorge Antonio Barajas Palacios- RH Assistant
  • Jesus Esteban Garza Huerta- General Manager
  • Francisco Guadalupe Ramirez Carrizales- RH Assistant
  • And to all who were involved whether by volunteering or attendance!

We appreciate OMS’ Monterrey’s initiative to celebrate our kids. We look forward to hearing about what they will do next!








Choosing the Right Manufacturer

As the manufacturing industry continues to grow and evolve, it is important to know what factors to consider when choosing your supplier.

According to Thomas Net, every company should address several elements when evaluating or selecting a manufacturer, including production capacity, quality, performance, and risk. When considering production capacity, our O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) facilities plan accordingly with resource forecasts and sales and operation planning (S&OP) processes in order to meet production demand. While ISO 9001:2000 is the current industry certification standard, all OMS facilities are either ISO 9001: 2008 or ISO 9001:2015 certified, proving that we are constantly striving to set ourselves apart from the industry norm. OMS offers complex supply chain management and integration through tested manufacturing processes for development and production.

With OMS, you will have a supply chain partner working with every level of your company to strategically reduce your total manufacturing costs and deliver high-quality products when scheduled.

We provide a multitude of services including a process-driven manufacturing culture, reinvestment in technologically advanced equipment, extensive in-house 2nd and 3rd step processing capabilities, new product development engineering collaboration, and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP).

OMS offers strong continuity plans to mitigate risks and eliminate supply chain disruptions.

With multiple strategically-located North American manufacturing plants, quality and production are supported through manufacturing redundancy. Management of raw material supply offers multifaceted approaches to control material costs from the mills, exploit material buys, and manage inventory. By developing business continuity plans that support value-added collaboration and sustainability in the supply relationship, OMS brings significant value to strategic sourcing and procurement throughout the part life cycle.

As OMS core values reveal, we hold ourselves to high performance expectations and are customer-driven.

In an article posted on Manufacturing News and Resources, the qualities of a great manufacturing partner are discussed. The article emphasizes the importance of certifications, performance records, and new technologies to quicken the production process.  At OMS, we have earned our reputation as a leading manufacturer of fabricated metal components and welded sub-assemblies by providing our OEM clients with a reliable supply of quality-approved metal components, ensuring that they have the inventory needed to maintain production schedules. Our industry expertise and automated manufacturing processes allow us to fabricate high quality components and products efficiently, saving costs and ensuring timely delivery.

When considering a manufacturing partner, we encourage you to reach out to our team! We offer a secure, flexible manufacturing solution for reliable, long-term growth. #LetsBuildThings

Picnic Fun in Pittsburgh

O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania brought back their traditional employee picnic on August 10th!

Valerie Young, OMS Pittsburgh’s Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP), organized a committee of 6 members to plan the picnic this year. She stated, “It’s a good way to engage employees and have everyone get to know each other outside of work with their families.” The committee asked their vendors for prize donations and raffled them off during the picnic as well as other fun gift items that were purchased.

The event was held at a local park in Monaca, PA which is a short drive from the OMS facility. Around 72 employees and their families were in attendance.

Managers from the plant cooked all the food for everyone and their families! Everyone who attended the picnic received a gift bag (ages 12 and up) that included: An OMS water bottle, OMS koozie, and an OMS frisbee. Kids ages 11 and under all received a gift bag as well which had sidewalk chalk, OMS frisbee, OMS water bottle and bubbles in it.

During the picnic there were tons of fun activities and treats like a popcorn machine, balloon artist, and Hawaiian shaved ice. People brought basketballs as well as corn hole and horseshoes to play.



Some of the prizes given away for the adults are as followed:

  • Pirate tickets
  • Steeler tickets
  • Corn Hole game
  • Virtual Reality glasses
  • Gift Cards
  • Fishing Rod
  • Golf Putter
  • Shirts/Jackets & Hats
  • Bluetooth Speakers & Wireless earbuds
  • Tool kits

The kids had a prize drawing as well:

  • Water Balloon kit
  • Ring Toss game
  • Large lawn bowling sets
  • Mountain Bike
  • Egg/Spoon game
  • Bubbes

We would like to thank the people who made this picnic possible and provided a fun way for everyone to get to know their coworkers and families more. Way to go, OMS Pittsburgh! #LetsBuildPeople #LetsBuildThings