Snap-Tite Playing Big Role in Small Town
Snap-Tite's Quick Disconnect and Valve Division in Union City is big. Not just in size. It's a big part of the small town.
"It helps our community with a lot of stuff. The schools, everything. It's nice to have business in small town," said Darlene Laughery, a line leader at the company.
The men and women here work in either the assembly plant or the manufacturing facility. They make quick disconnect couplings and hydraulic valves. Pieces you'd find in restaurants with deep fryers or fountain drink machines or on the machines used in gas and oil wells. They've even made pieces for NASA explorations.
They employ more than 200 humans and one robotic train. It carries parts from point A to point B around the warehouse, making many lives easier.
"It's nice because they can put parts on it and distribute to any section of the shop and you can program it to stop anywhere you want it to go," said Laughery.
"It helps to keep the assembler assembling. It brings them replacement products if they need it. It delivers their next job out to them and like you said it keeps people from walking and waiting and it increases productivity because of it," said vice president and GM Dana Williams.
One thing they struggle with, like many manufacturing facilities in the area, is finding qualified workers. And finding young people who are interested in the work.
"We want to emphasize that manufacturing is not dead. It's an option. Just like college is an option, the service is an option, but manufacturing is also an option," said Williams.
Young people like CNC machinist David Angelotti.
"It's a good job, it's a good trade, it's a great skill to know. There's lots of CNC shops everywhere. I figure it's a pretty good investment for my future. I mean if you look in the paper you'll see all kinds of CNC ads," said Angelotti.
Williams says the lowest positions start at $10 an hour with full health benefits. And most of it is work you can learn as you go.
"The 30 plus year people that we have here, most of them started at the ground floor and worked their way up. In house training. We do that constantly," said Williams.
And they take pride in their big role in Union City.