OMS Fuels Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline

The Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Navy has launched an initiative to energize and engage the Greater Pittsburgh defense industrial base. Through the creation of maritime-focused manufacturing pipelines, the initiative aims to enrich the industrial workforce and address critical trade skill gaps across maritime and defense organizations.

The Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline partners with training providers and employers to increase year-over-year industrial and defense talent acquisition and retention. Through effective education on workforce needs, hands-on skills assessment, and coaching, program participants work together to improve career readiness and job stability. Affiliated employers commit to hiring and retaining program graduates into well-paying and mission-critical careers. With a focus on welders, machinists, metal fabricators, electricians, ship fitters, and NDT/Quality Assurance positions, the initiative strives to ensure long-term success for both the employees and their respective businesses.

With roots dating back to World War I, the O’Neal family of companies is anchored in the support of manufacturing not only in military and defense, marine and aerospace industries, but also in transportation, material handling, construction, agriculture, and more. O’Neal Manufacturing Services in Pittsburgh is a trusted supplier to major OEMs with long-term, strategic outsourcing projects.

Talent Pipeline Program Manager, Mr. Joe Barto, along with Commander and Master Chief Josh Sturgill, and Rear Admiral Scott Pappano, recognized O’Neal Manufacturing Services for its partnership in the program. Alexa Opal (center), MIG Welder for OMS Pittsburgh, and Gus Cassida, Regional General Manager of OMS Pittsburgh, represented the company at the Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline Signing Day.  In total, 19 employees have joined the OMS team through the Pipeline program. For more information on the Talent Pipeline Program visit