Gateway Extrusions, a national aluminum extrusion and finishing firm, has achieved significant job creation at its Union, Mo., facility. With the recent expansion of its manufacturing facility, the addition of new production equipment and growth in sales, Gateway has seen a 100-percent increase in staffing since late 2014. Currently, employment stands at 130 and the company is seeking additional workers from the area as the new equipment is ramped up to full production.
“I’m extremely happy that Gateway has been able to double its workforce in just a few short years,” says Thomas Ziegler, president of operations for Gateway Extrusions. “I’m also proud that Gateway is now one of the largest employers in the area. The city of Union has been very supportive of Gateway and job creation is the best way I know that a company can contribute to the local community. As sales increase and our brand new state-of-the-art equipment comes into full production, we will require even more workers. Therefore, we continue to seek good qualified employees to join our vibrant, growing company.”
To ensure the company’s employees are well prepared to meet customer and company needs, Gateway has implemented several initiatives in addition to ongoing skills training, such as employee recognition activities and a mentor program for new employees.
“We match new employees with a ‘big brother’ or ‘big sister’ here, an experienced senior staff member who will take an interest in the new employee’s development, ask them how the job is going, offer advice, etc.,” says Ziegler. “It helps new employees come up to speed quickly and makes them feel part of the Gateway team.”