If top engineering and technical talent are the most defining characteristics of Olin Brass’s century-long legacy of leadership in the metals industry, they are also the key to the company’s future success. And like the raw materials on which their business relies, the high quality talent they seek is getting more difficult to procure.
So how does Olin Brass find and secure the next generation of “Olin Brass experts”? That is the job of another company expert, Human Resources Generalist Jeremy Morris.
“Our goal is to be the world-class metals company, led by ‘best in class’ manufacturing capabilities and efficiency, and ultimately ‘best in class’ professionals,” Morris said. To attract the latter, he said, “We are driven by a set of values that empower our people by recognizing and rewarding their passion, their drive, and their commitment to our vision as an organization.
“That includes highly competitive salaries and benefits, of course, but also the opportunity to be a part of an organization that is driven by continuous improvement, strategic initiatives, and a culture of personal and professional growth.”
The success of that strategy is evident in the company’s unusually high number of long-term employees – Olin Brass “lifers” – at every level of the organization. It is also a selling point to potential recruits.
“There’s no question that our ability to engage and retain key people is a huge selling point in our recruitment efforts,” Morris said. “I believe job candidates are vetting us as much as we are vetting them during recruitment, and the fact that we have so many long-term employees in this day and age is certainly a strong recruiting advantage.”
That said the biggest selling point of Olin Brass for Morris is his own personal experience, which began in 2011. “I became convinced very early on that I made the right move when I saw the strong push for culture change and continuous improvement by management,” he said. “This is a mature, 100-year-old company with great traditions and a history of success – all big pluses, to be sure. But for me, it was every bit as exciting to see how management and staff alike recognized areas for improvement and modernization, and how eager they were to change for the better.
“I’m proud to be a part of those efforts, and I tell this to job candidates we’re trying to recruit,” he said. “Because I think that mindset, and our emphasis on goal attainment and profitability through our people is what truly sets Olin Brass apart from our competitors.”
A subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., Olin Brass is a world leader in its own right, one of the oldest, most innovative and diverse producers of copper alloys and products in the world. With six domestic operating units and an international group serving Asia and the Pacific Rim, the organization is poised to maintain and expand its presence in copper markets worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.olinbrass.mainteractive-host2.com.