Cross-functional work teams, various committees including charity, wellness, color trends and employee appreciations
Leadership training, paid college tuition, paid continued education and seminars, in-house industry training, career mapping across all departments
Cross-company community involvement, United Way campaign, 8 hours of paid time off for community involvement, charity committee where employees can make donation requests, confidential employee assistance program (EAP)
Annual reviews to foster open communication between employee and supervisor, acknowledgement of long-tenured employees, encouragement of collaboration across department
Total rewards compensation and benefits package, annual compensation studies based on local markets, annual benchmark studies on all benefits, competitive starting wages at most locations, competitive shift differentials
Bill Fowler has achieved 50 years of service at Americhem working all types of jobs in the production department. He was hired in January of 1969 through a job interview that was set up by the Akron Urban League. Prior to accepting the job with Americhem, Bill had worked two other jobs: construction worker and a delivery man of restaurant supplies for 7 restaurants in the Akron area.
Bill was presented with an award from Mayor Don Walters that declared January 29 as Bill Fowler Day in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. After receiving his award, Bill was kind enough to sit down and be interviewed in honor of his 50 years of dedication to Americhem. The dialogue is as follows:
The job was dirty… very dirty. Production back then was a much dirtier job than it is now and the industry has made leaps and bounds to clean it up.
Getting to work on time! Being a young kid, working a labor intensive job, and waking up at 5:30am every morning was something to get used to.
When you take care of your job, your job takes care of you.
As time went on, machines became more sophisticated and the job became less dirty. Most of the time, you could load the materials in, stand back, and watch it go, but with that came the added challenge of safety. We had to really pay attention to what we were doing. We looked out for each other and didn’t just pay attention to our own lines, but each other’s; like families do.
The automotive industry without a doubt and what Americhem has been able to do in it. All of the major automotive OEMs get their materials from us; how do you compete with that? You can’t.
The 401K program has changed people’s lives and one of them being mine. The tuition assistance program is also an amazing accomplishment to be able to offer Americhem employees.
Americhem gave me the opportunity to achieve my goals and provide a lifestyle for myself. The relationships and interactions with all the different people I have met at Americhem has shaped me into the person I am today and made me a better man. My grandmother was a wise woman who raised 13 children and she always told me, “what was in a book is not always what it is like out in the world,” and man was she right. The lessons I’ve learned and the wisdom I’ve gained from working here is priceless.
Thank you Bill for your endless commitment to Americhem and your timeless friendship to so many of us. We wish you continued success in your long standing career and look forward to your continued positivity you spread across the company.