Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 30

#16 Large Employer Website: U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Sand Springs, Oklahoma Industry: Manufacturing Status: Public U.S. Employees: 1,400 Oklahoma Employees: 949 Year Founded: 1969 Company Leader: Dana Weber, President and CEO A s Webco Industries prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019, the company continues to exemplify founder Bill Weber’s maxim, “Where People Make the Difference.” Webco’s culture is built around the company’s 16 principles, which serve as a guide for employees in their efforts to be 100 per- cent engaged every day. At the foundation of Webco’s 16 principles are the core values of trust and teamwork. More than words, em- ployees at Webco are empowered to take care of their teammates in times of hardship through a program that allows employees to take up monetary collections for co-workers experiencing hardship and where donations from employees are then matched by Webco. Because the company does believe that people make the dif- ference, Webco emphasizes and actively invests in creating safe working environments that build on the strengths of employees and furthers their career development. To accomplish career develop- ment, Webco primarily promotes from within and provides educa- tion and training through the company-created Webco University. For those employees who want to continue their formal education outside of the company, Webco provides 100 percent university tuition reimbursement for employees. Webco’s medical plan offers specialty referrals that provide em- 30 2018 Best Places to Work ployees with 100 percent paid primary care services, prescriptions, surgical procedures, diagnostics and lab work. When the company prospers, employees share in the profits of the company through a quarterly profit-sharing bonus based on business results for the quarter. Of the 1,400 Webco employees, 14 percent have 20 or more years of service. Webco recognizes the value and commitment of long-term employees with annual bonuses starting at $500 for five years of service all the way to $4,500 annually for those who have been with the company for 45 years. Employees on the production floor can also earn up to a $750 bonus for each new employee they refer to Webco. When Bill Weber founded Webco in 1969 as a cold drawn tubing manufacturer for the heat exchanger industry, he didn’t anticipate a business encompassing four manufacturing facilities and a distri- bution center in Oklahoma along with two facilities in Pennsylvania and another distribution center in Texas. He didn’t envision 1,400 employees and a global customer base. He did, however, believe its employees would make the company successful – and that belief is still what makes Webco one of the best places to work in Oklahoma today. The Journal Record