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United Performance Metals
Location: Hamilton Ownership: Private Founded: 2008 Employees: 244 President: Tom Kennard Website: upmet.com Business: Distributor of high-performance specialty metals
Hamilton’s United Performance Metals has been active in engaging with its employees, building a workplace offering competitive benefits, f lexibility and a positive culture. Employee Tim Moore has seen it first hand throughout his 25 years with the company. Moore started as a machin-
ist but didn’t feel perfectly comfortable with adjusting to the office atmosphere of management. So United Performance Metals created a position for him to stay on the shop floor but also function as a team leader. “They knew I was an energy kind of guy on the floor,” Moore describes. “I want to work with my hands, I want to produce stuff. Being there as long as I have, I’ve learned a lot and that has given me the ability to help people who are struggling in other areas.” The company started small and its workforce has grown together over the years, fostering open communication and promotion from within. “I think they genuinely care about the employees,” says Moore. “It kind of became a big family.” – KM
From left: David Smith, Kim Skelton, Tim Moore, Kyle Lunsford, Danielle Reinert and Scott Fasse
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