Inside the Ford Motor Company Buffalo Stamping Plant, employees and robots are working almost in tandem to manufacture hoods, bumpers, and other aluminum and steel parts for Ford cars and trucks.
But beyond the hustle and bustle, you'll hear the stories of its employees like Kelly Emmick. The 39-year-old from Perrysburg is a second-generation employee.
That's something she has in common with her coworker, Dwight Montgomery. His father also worked at the plant.
“He got hired and was assigned to clean the kitchen in 1968.”
Montgomery is a quality coordinator. Emmick handles inspection. They are just two of some 1200 employees working at the 2.4 million square foot facility.
Jeff Croff is a human resources manager for the plant. He said they have roughly 10 fulltime positions available.
But with an aging workforce, he's expecting additional openings soon.
“They're going to be looking to retire in the next three to five years. We know the skillsets we'll be looking for. We'll have anywhere between $17-32 an hour depending on the positions, the timing, whether it's fulltime or temporary,” he said.
Workers like Kelly Emmick are encouraging anyone to apply. She's still glad she did some 19 year ago.
“We all are here for one reason: to provide for our families, and to put out a good part and be proud of American made vehicles.”