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Metal fabricator Monti’s Cincinnati headquarters is full of stories of employee longevity and advancement, created by its willingness to promote from within and create educational opportunities. For example, the company’s production manager started as a college student working CNC machines during the summer,
Location: Norwood Ownership: Private Founded: 1971 Employees: 264 President & CEO: Gavin Narburgh Website: monti-inc.com Business: Manufacturer and fabricator
From left: Chris Narburgh, Molly Fender, Gordon Narburg and Jay Bender
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working his way up to his current title in a little under 10 years. He is currently pursing a master’s degree as well. Many other employees are working toward college degrees of their own to continue their advancement in the company. Monti long offered tuition reimbursement but it was underutilized, says Molly Fender, vice president of human resources. Leadership began paying for classes upfront in order to spur greater involvement. “Since we’ve done that, we’ve had a ton of people use the benefit,” Fender notes. Members of the leadership team are continuing their educations, too. Three are in the process of gaining their master’s in business administration, Fender included. Supporting employees’ professional growth has built a positive workplace culture at Monti, strengthened by exceptional retention. – KM